Host institution: Foundation Teofilo Hernando
Project Supervisor: Prof Antonio Garcia
My name is Cristina Ruiz, I come from Spain and am currently 25 years old. I finished my BSc in Biotechnology in Universidad de Zaragoza (Spain) in 2014, when I decided to go abroad to study my MSc in order to improve my English and gain an insight in a new and different culture. Thus, I moved to Denmark, where I studied a MSc in Biotechnology in University of Copenhagen. After my MSc, I was seeking for PhD opportunities in Neuroscience, which brought me back to Spain to be part of the PurinesDX network studying the P2X7R as a novel therapeutic target for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Why are you doing a PhD?
Since I was young, I have always been passionate about science and wanted to become a researcher in the future. Now that that future is here, I believe a PhD is the next step needed in my career which will help me develop myself as an independent scientist with a critical and analytical mind-set.
Apart from science, my passion has always been music. I started playing the flute when I was 6, and have been doing so since then. I also love doing sports and I usually run and play volleyball with my friends.