Virador, Victoria M.
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Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Cell Biology; Food Science & Technology; Oncology
adult stem cells; in vitro 3d models of disease
Dr. Virador received a Chemistry degree from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a PhD from the University of California, Davis. At the National Cancer Institute, she has contributed to the understanding of cellular communication between melanocytes and keratinocytes, and discovered adult stem cells in mouse dermis. Currently her main interests include the functions of BAG proteins. BAG proteins dynamically assemble in chaperone complexes with diverse signaling functions. The role of these complexes in protein quality control is manifested in development and in maintenance of tissue homeostasis. Dr. Virador is focusing on two in vivo models, of the mouse mammary gland and of drosophila neuro-muscular junction. These studies have the potential of contributing to better knowledge of human cancer and of aging-related diseases.
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