Ana Belen Malpartida
Utrecht University (2016-2018), MSc. Pharmaceutical Sciences
Maastricht University (2013-2016), BSc. (Cum Laude) Biology and Neuroscience
I am originally from Lima, Peru but I moved to Europe to study Biology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University. I first gained experience in the field of neurodegeneration during my research master's in Utrecht, where I worked on the direct reprogramming of human cells into astrocytes for co-culture in a 3D in vitro model of Parkinson's disease, as well potential use in drug and target discovery and cell replacement therapies.
I joined the Wade-Martins group as a research assistant in 2018. My research aims to improve our understanding of mitophagy using iPSC-derived dopaminergic neurons. Currently, I am developing and optimizing a variety of high-throughput imaging assays which are being used to profile a library of compounds that modulate mitophagy, as well as to investigate different pathways of mitophagy in patient-derived dopaminergic neurons.