Meet the Scientist - Dr Nàdia Villacampa-Pérez (DZNE)

Meet the Scientist - Dr Nàdia Villacampa-Pérez (DZNE)

 

Dr Nàdia Villacampa-Pèrez
PostDoc
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE)
Bonn, Germany

 


Can you explain your research within PHAGO in short?
I am exploring the role of the TREM2T66M mutation in an animal model of Alzheimer’s disease, the APP/PS1 model.

What do your friends and family think what you are doing in the lab?
They think I am just observing mice performing some behavioural tasks while I am sitting close to them eating a sandwich and writing all their movements in an old notebook.

What are you really doing? (What’s your favourite task to do in the lab?)
I love to perform immunostainings and then collect beautiful confocal images. I enjoy also a good discussion planning experiments or afterwards, checking what could have gone wrong.

Why are you interested in Alzheimer’s Disease?
My long-standing interest has been microglial cells. The role played by these cells in the pathology is still so unknown and so challenging that it makes Alzheimer’s field a perfect scenario for a microglia-lover like me.

What is the major challenge in Alzheimer research for you?
Microglia is a double-edged sword in their contribution to Alzheimer’s pathology and it is extremely difficult to design therapeutic strategies targeting microglia when we still have not dissect their role exactly.

Trem2 or CD33?
Trem2

Coffee or Tea?
Coffee, and then coffee again.

Why does your research matter to the average citizen/man on the street?
Sadly, everybody is close to or knows somebody suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. I would be glad if my humble effort could shed light on some tiny aspect related to the pathology and that would lead to new therapeutic targets for Alzheimer’s disease.

The must-follow science twitter account?
I am not a big user of Twitter; generally I follow the accounts from several labs, to be updated on their research.

The must-read article on Alzheimer research?
undefinedKosik KS 1992. Alzheimer's disease: a cell biological perspective (Science). We need to take perspective sometimes and see where we come from.

What else do you like to read (except research articles)?
I love books. I try to read in Catalan (my mother tongue) even if it is not easy to find such books in Germany.

Your most surprising research finding?
I wouldn’t describe it as more surprising, but most important to me as it was part of my PhD: IL-10 is neuroprotective for axotomized neurons.

What is your personal highlight in PHAGO up to now?
I find the interaction among basic and clinical research institutes and industrial research units really interesting, successful and a big opportunity to explore future possibilities in my career.

What’s your favourite thing to do outside the lab?
I enjoy reading and cooking. Visiting my friends and chat with a glass of wine are welcome as well.

Best recent TV series/movie/novel depicting scientists?
It is not realistic or recent at all, but I loved Dr Walter Bishop in Fringe and Gil Grissom in CSI Las Vegas.

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This project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 115976. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA companies.

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This project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 115976. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA companies.