Instruct Project Manager since the start of the project as a FP7 Capacities Project coordinated from the University of Oxford (May 2008). Now Instruct is in its operational phase and our office manages the provision of access to infrastructure to structural biologists around Europe. We also organise Instruct training program including courses and internships and R&D pilot project awards. We organise consortium meetings as well the Instruct Biennial Structural Biology Meeting. Before Instruct, I was the project manager for the FP6 Integrated Project GABRIEL coordinated by Imperial College, London. My role as project manager includes facilitating the communication between the partners, other scientific institutions and stakeholders and the European Commission. I organise meetings and workshops, administer the training events, and generally manage the running of the project. I coordinated the writing of annual reports to the European Commission. My experience with European Framework projects started in 2005 with the SPINE project (5th EC Framework Programme) coordinated by the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford.
Before working as a project manager I worked for many years as a molecular biologist. I was a postdoctoral scientist at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology (Oxford University) for 5 years working on the connection between chromatin remodelling and transcription. In my first years of research, my work was focused in the study of protein-DNA and protein RNA interactions, working with Bacillus subtilis in my two years postdoctoral fellowship at Tufts University (Boston, USA).
I obtained my first degree in Chemistry and Master in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the Universidad Mayor de la República Oriental del Uruguay and my D. Phil in Biochemistry under the supervision of Prof. David Sherratt at the University of Oxford.