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Nilda Vanesa Ayala-Nunez


Position

Post-doctorate (ANRS)

Team

Membrane Dynamics & Viruses (MDV)

Biosketch

Vanesa (with one s) graduated in Biology from the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla (Mexico). She then moved a bit north to the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (Mexico), where she studied the antiviral and antibacterial activity of silver nanoparticles against pathogens like HIV-1 and multidrug resistant bacteria. Here, she discovered her fascination on working with dangerous bugs. A few years later, Vanesa moved to The Netherlands to join Jolanda Smit’s group, where she studied the entry mechanism of dengue virus into macrophages under antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) conditions. On a sunny afternoon, she received her Ph.D. degree in 2014 from the University of Groningen (Er gaat niets boven Groningen). She then moved back to Mexico where she worked as a lecturer in Medical Microbiology. After an intense experience surrounded by students, she joined the team of Raphael GAUDIN at the INSERM U1110 in Strasbourg (France) to pursue her interests in viral pathogenesis. She is now working on the Trojan Horse model for Zika virus and HIV-1. She is particularly interested in the role of monocytes on viral invasion and dissemination. As part of the MDV team, she obtained the ANRS fellowship to extend her stay in the sunny south of France. Vanesa loves Mexican food, reading, hiking, and eating pain d'épices.

 

Contact

email : vanesa.ayala(AT)irim.cnrs.fr

Tél : (+33) 04 34 35 94 77

 


     
   

   

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IRIM
Institut de Recherche en Infectiologie de Montpellier
UMR 9004 - CNRS / UM
1919 route de Mende - 34293 Montpellier cedex 5
FRANCE

 

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