Katherine Simbaña Rivera | Biomedicina | Young Scientist Award

Dr. Katherine Simbaña Rivera | Biomedicina | Young Scientist Award

Assistant Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Ecuador

Summary:

Katherine Simbaña Rivera is a medical doctor and researcher dedicated to advancing medical knowledge and public health initiatives through extensive research and collaborative networks. With a background in molecular biomedicine and significant experience in health research management, she has authored numerous articles and co-authored books on critical health topics. Her leadership in national health research and active involvement in student scientific societies underline her commitment to fostering research capabilities and promoting healthcare access in underserved communities across Latin America.

🎓Education:

Katherine Simbaña Rivera earned her medical degree from Universidad Central del Ecuador. She further pursued a Master’s degree in Molecular Biomedicine, specializing in Basic and Translational Cancer Research, from the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. Currently, she is enrolled in doctoral studies in Applied Health Sciences Research at the University Institute of Biomedical and Health Research (IUIBS) at Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

🏥👨‍🏫Professional Experience:

From 2021 to 2022, Katherine served as the National Director of Health Research at the Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health, where she played a key role in drafting nine research and bioethics regulations and developing strategic guidelines for national health management. She is currently an associate researcher at the Center for Research on Health in Latin America (CISeAL) at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE).

Research Interests:

Katherine Simbaña Rivera’s research interests encompass a broad spectrum, including the Ecuadorian pharmaceutical market, COVID-19, translational cancer research, and applied health sciences. Her work focuses on advancing public health through innovative research methodologies and strategic health interventions.

Publications Top Notes 📝:

1. Clinical, molecular, and epidemiological characterization of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), a comprehensive literature review

  • Authors: Ortiz-Prado, E., Simbaña-Rivera, K., Gómez-Barreno, L., Rubio-Neira, M., …
  • Journal: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
  • Volume: 98
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2020
  • Article Number: 115094
  • Citations: 543

2. Epidemiological, socio-demographic and clinical features of the early phase of the COVID-19 epidemic in Ecuador

  • Authors: Ortiz-Prado, E., Simbaña-Rivera, K., Barreno, L.G., Diaz, A.M., Barreto, A., …
  • Journal: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Volume: 15
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2021
  • Article Number: e0008958
  • Citations: 171

3. Anxiety and depression in patients with confirmed and suspected COVID-19 in Ecuador

  • Authors: Paz, C., Mascialino, G., Adana Díaz, L., Rodríguez Lorenzana, A., …
  • Journal: Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
  • Volume: 74
  • Issue: 10
  • Year: 2020
  • Pages: 554-555
  • Citations: 109

4. Behavioral and sociodemographic predictors of anxiety and depression in patients under epidemiological surveillance for COVID-19 in Ecuador

  • Authors: Paz, C., Mascialino, G., Adana-Díaz, L., Rodríguez-Lorenzana, A., …
  • Journal: PLoS One
  • Volume: 15
  • Issue: 9
  • Year: 2020
  • Article Number: e0240008
  • Citations: 80

5. The disease burden of suicide in Ecuador, a 15 years’ geodemographic cross-sectional study (2001–2015)

  • Authors: Ortiz-Prado, E., Simbaña, K., Gómez, L., Henriquez-Trujillo, A.R., …
  • Journal: BMC Psychiatry
  • Volume: 17
  • Issue: 1
  • Year: 2017
  • Pages: 1-11
  • Citations: 56

 

Hyun Suk Shin | Molecular Biology | Best Researcher Award

 Dr. Hyun Suk Shin | Molecular Biology | Best Researcher Award

 Dr. University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria,  Spain

👩‍🔬 Hyun Suk Shin is a Marine Biotechnology expert with a rich academic background. She holds a B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. from Korea Maritime and Ocean University, where she delved into various aspects of aquaculture, molecular biology, and biochemistry. With extensive research experience, including international collaborations, she has contributed significantly to the field, resulting in numerous publications and patents. As a postdoctoral researcher, she continued her impactful work at institutions like the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute of Korea and the Fundación Canaria Parque Científico Tecnológico de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Recognized for her excellence, she received prestigious scholarships and awards, demonstrating her dedication to advancing aquaculture research.

 

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Education 📚

  1. Higher Degree
    • Name of Qualification: M.S. Science
    • Degree Awarding Entity: Korea Maritime and Ocean University
    • Date of Qualification: 28/02/2010
  2. Higher Degree
    • Name of Qualification: B.S. Science, Marine Biotechnology
    • Degree Awarding Entity: Korea Maritime and Ocean University
    • Date of Qualification: 28/02/2008

Doctorates

  • PhD Science
    • Degree Awarding Entity: Korea Maritime and Ocean University
    • Date of Degree: 28/02/2014

Teaching Experience📊

Experience Supervising Doctoral Theses and/or Final Year Projects: Project Title: Analysis of Skeletal Deformities in Gilthead Sea Bream Entity: Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria Type of Entity: University Student: Alvaro Lorenzo Felipe Date of Reading: 05/07/2022Project Title: Programa Mejora Genética en Camarón Entity: Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria Type of Entity: University

 

Scientific or Technological Activities 🔬

R&D Projects Funded Through Competitive Calls of Public or Private Entities

  1. Project Name: AquaIMPACT: Genomic and Nutritional Innovation for Genetically Superior Farmed Fish

Keywords: Molecular markers and recognition; Genetics transcription; Genetics expression of regulations; Epigenetics; Genetic drift; Population geneticsType of Project: Research and development, including transferGeographical Area: European UnionDegree of Contribution: ResearcherEntity: Universidad de las Palmas de Gran CanariaType of Entity: UniversityCity of Entity: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, SpainPrincipal Investigators: Daniel Montero Vítorres; Marisol Izquierdo Lopez; Juan Manuel Afonso Lopez; Maria Jesus Zamorano Serrano; Silvia Torrecillas Burriel; Hyun Suk Shin; Cathaysa Pérez GarcíaNumber of Researchers: 72Number of People/Year: 14Type of Participation: Team memberProgramme Name: Horizon 2020 Research and InnovationCode: 818367Start-End Date: 01/01/2018 – 02/01/2023Duration: 5 yearsParticipating Entities: [List of entities involved]Total Amount: €6,100,000Sub-Project Amount: €702,913Percentage as Grant: 100%Relevant Results: Determining the additive genetic components of immune system traits of sea bream and sea bass populations under genetic selection pressure for growth.Dedication Regime: Part-timeApplicant’s Contribution: In this project, my contribution is assigned within the WP2: Nutritional Innovation: Precision nutrition for superior genotypes, through the following tasks:Evaluation and divergent selection of sea bream breeders for growth and absence of skeletal deformities.Breeding, marking, fattening, and characterization of offspring and breeders using microsatellite markers “SMsa-1/ SMsa-2”.Study of genetic parameters of immune system traits.

Project Name: PerformFISH – Consumer Driven Production: Integrating Innovative Approaches for Competitive and Sustainable Performance across the Mediterranean Aquaculture Value Chain

Keywords: Genetics expression of regulations; Genetic drift; Population geneticsType of Project: Research and development, including transferGeographical Area: European Union[Include any additional information about the project here]

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • Effects of LED light spectra on oxidative stress and the protective role of melatonin in relation to the daily rhythm of the yellowtail clownfish, Amphiprion clarkii
    • Authors: HS Shin, J Lee, CY Choi
    • Journal: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology
    • Year: 2011

 

  • Effect of LED light spectra on starvation-induced oxidative stress in the cinnamon clownfish Amphiprion melanopus
    • Authors: CY Choi, HS Shin, YJ Choi, NN Kim, J Lee, GS Kil
    • Journal: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology
    • Year: 2012

 

  • Kisspeptin regulates the hypothalamus–pituitary–gonad axis gene expression during sexual maturation in the cinnamon clownfish, Amphiprion melanopus
    • Authors: NN Kim, HS Shin, YJ Choi, CY Choi
    • Journal: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Year: 2014

 

  • Effects of LED light spectra on the growth of the yellowtail clownfish Amphiprion clarkii
    • Authors: HS Shin, J Lee, CY Choi
    • Journal: Fisheries Science
    • Year: 2012

 

  • Profiles of antioxidant gene expression and physiological changes by thermal and hypoosmotic stresses in black porgy (Acanthopagrus schlegeli)
    • Authors: KW An, NN Kim, HS Shin, GS Kil, CY Choi
    • Journal: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology
    • Year: 2010

 

  • The effects of quercetin on physiological characteristics and oxidative stress resistance in olive flounder, Paralichthys olivaceus
    • Authors: HS Shin, JH Yoo, TS Min, KY Lee, CY Choi
    • Journal: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
    • Year: 2010

 

  • Selection for growth is associated in gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) with diet flexibility, changes in growth patterns and higher intestine plasticity
    • Authors: E Perera, P Simó-Mirabet, HS Shin, E Rosell-Moll, F Naya-Catalá, …
    • Journal: Aquaculture
    • Year: 2019

 

  • Quantitative mRNA expression of sox3 and DMRT1 during sex reversal, and expression profiles after GnRHa administration in black porgy, Acanthopagrus schlegeli
    • Authors: HS Shin, KW An, MS Park, MH Jeong, CY Choi
    • Journal: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Year: 2009

 

Flavia | Molecular Biology | Young Scientist Award

Dr. Flavia| Molecular Biology | Young Scientist Award

👨‍🏫Profile Summary

Flavia Scoyni is a highly accomplished researcher in molecular medicine, specializing in non-coding RNAs and their role in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and ischemic stroke. With a Ph.D. from the University of Eastern Finland under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme, Flavia has extensive experience in experimental techniques such as scRNA-seq, FACS, and animal modeling. Their work has been published in prestigious journals and recognized with numerous grants and fellowships. Flavia’s expertise in molecular biology, cell culture, and animal work, coupled with a strong track record of securing research funding, positions them as a valuable asset in the field of translational medicine.

🌐 Professional Profiles

🎓Education:

Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland Duration: Dec 2017 – Feb 2024 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme in Genetics and Mechanisms in Translational Medicine (GENOMMED) Advisor: Prof. Tarja Malm Dissertation: “Unlocking the potential of non-coding RNAs in regulating neurodegeneration – a glimpse into Alzheimer’s disease and ischemic stroke pathophysiology.” Ph.D. secondment Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark Duration: Sept 2018 – Feb 201 Advisor: Assoc. Prof. Thomas B. Hansen Funded by Saastamoinen Foundation travel grant FELASA accreditationUniversity of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland May 2017 Federation of Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) Certificate in laboratory animal science for EU Functions A/D MSc in Molecular Biology “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy Duration: Oct 2013 – Dec 2015 Master Degree in Molecular Biology Graduated magna cum laude (110/110 cum laude) Advisor: Prof. Alessandro Fatica Thesis title: “Identification of new transcriptional targets of p30 C/EBPα transcription factor isoform in acute myeloid leukemia” MSc in Genetics University Paris-Diderot VII, Paris, France Duration: Oct 2013 – June 2015 BSc in Biotechnology “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy Duration: Oct 2010 – July 2013 Bachelor degree in Biotechnology Graduated magna cum laude (110/110 cum laude) Advisor: Prof. Carlo Presutti Thesis title: “The role of the mir-200 family in the regulation of the expression of AP1 transcriptional factor”

🔬Research Experience:

Early stage researcher Professor Tarja Malm University of Eastern Finland, A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences Jan 2017 – Dec 2017 Investigated the role of microRNAs in phagocytic microglia isolated from adult Alzheimer’s mice. Developed techniques including ex-vivo FACS, low input RNA extraction, cloning, qPCR, and protocol for transfection for hard-to-transfect cell lines. Conducted animal procedures to harvest brain samples or acutely isolate adult microglia. Erasmus traineeship Biotech Research & Innovation Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark Oct 2016 – June 2016 Developed a transgenic stable cell line for long non-coding RNAs. Applied techniques such as cloning of long inserts, lentiviral vector production, and stable cell line development. Master thesis Professor Alessandro Fatica “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy June 2014 – Dec 2015 Investigated the regulation of the long non-coding RNA UCA1 mediated by C/EBPα transcription factor in the K562 lymphoblast cell line. Applied techniques including ChIP, cloning, RNA extraction, RT-qPCR, WB, transfection, CRISPR-Cas9, and stable cell line development. Master Internship Professor Giuseppe Macino “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy Sept 2013 – March 2014 Studied microRNAs inducing epigenetic modifications in mammals.Applied techniques such as ChIP, cloning, mutagenesis, RNA extraction, RT-qPCR, WB, CRISPR-Cas9, and stable cell line development. Bachelor thesis Professor Carlo Presutti “Sapienza” University of Rome, Rome, Italy Oct 2012 – July 2013 Investigated the role of the miR-200a family in regulating c-JUN transcription factor expression. Utilized techniques including cloning, mutagenesis, bacterial transformation, and cell line culture.

💻 Technical Skills:

Molecular biology techniques such as scRNA-seq, RNA-seq, FACS, cloning, RT-qPCR, WB, lentiviral vectors generation. Cell culture techniques including neuronal culture, primary microglial culture, transduction, transfection, and stable cell line development. Animal work including FELASA A/D certification, maintenance, and breeding of transgenic mouse models, animal procedures, and tamoxifen-induced recombination. Statistical analysis, basic Python, and R.

🏆Fellowships, Awards, and Honors:

  • Secured total grants of 99.000€ during Ph.D., including grants from Pavo Nuermen Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Kuopio University Foundation, and others.

👩‍🏫 Teaching Experience:

  • Mentored a Ph.D. student and post-graduate student, and supervised five master’s thesis students during the Ph.D. program.

📚Top Noted Publication

  1. ciRS-7 and miR-7 regulate ischemia-induced neuronal death via glutamatergic signaling
    • Journal: Cell Reports
    • Year: 2024-03
    • DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2024.113862
    • Contributors: Flavia Scoyni; Valeriia Sitnikova; Luca Giudice; Paula Korhonen; Davide M. Trevisan; Ana Hernandez de Sande; Mireia Gomez-Budia; Raisa Giniatullina; Irene F. Ugidos; Hiramani Dhungana et al.

 

  1. Alzheimer’s disease-induced phagocytic microglia express a specific profile of coding and non-coding RNAs
    • Journal: Alzheimer’s & Dementia
    • Year: 2024-02
    • DOI: 10.1002/alz.13502
    • Contributors: Flavia Scoyni; Luca Giudice; Mari-Anna Väänänen; Nicholas Downes; Paula Korhonen; Xin Yi Choo; Nelli-Noora Välimäki; Petri Mäkinen; Nea Korvenlaita; Annemieke J Rozemuller et al.

 

  1. ciRS-7 and miR-7 regulate ischemia induced neuronal death via glutamatergic signaling
    • Journal: Preprint
    • Year: 2023-01-24
    • DOI: 10.1101/2023.01.24.525136
    • Contributors: Flavia Scoyni; Valeriia Sitnikova; Luca Giudice; Paula Korhonen; Davide M Trevisan; Ana Hernandez de Sande; Mireia Gomez-Budia; Raisa Giniatullina; Irene F Ugidos; Hiramani Dhungana et al.

 

  1. Intracerebral overexpression of miR-669c is protective in mouse ischemic stroke model by targeting MyD88 and inducing alternative microglial/macrophage activation
    • Journal: Journal of Neuroinflammation
    • Year: 2020
    • DOI: 10.1186/s12974-020-01870-w
    • Contributors: Kolosowska, N.; Gotkiewicz, M.; Dhungana, H.; Giudice, L.; Giugno, R.; Box, D.; Huuskonen, M.T.; Korhonen, P.; Scoyni, F.; Kanninen, K.M. et al.

 

  1. PSEN1ΔE9, APPswe, and APOE4 Confer Disparate Phenotypes in Human iPSC-Derived Microglia
    • Journal: Stem Cell Reports
    • Year: 2019
    • DOI: 10.1016/j.stemcr.2019.08.004
    • Contributors: Konttinen, H.; Cabral-da-Silva, M.E.C.; Ohtonen, S.; Wojciechowski, S.; Shakirzyanova, A.; Caligola, S.; Giugno, R.; Ishchenko, Y.; Hernández, D.; Fazaludeen, M.F. et al.