Dr Maria Jose Martinez Bravo
Associate Lecturer (Teaching)
Pharma & Bio Chemistry
UCL School of Pharmacy
- Joined UCL
- 1st Jan 2018
I got my BSc in Pharmacy at theUniversity of Seville (Spain) in 2007. I started my PhD in the Institute ofBiomedicine of Seville in 2008 where I studied the consequences of the mismatchin minor histocompatibility antigens after allogeneic stem-cell transplantation.After I got my PhD certificate in 2013, I joined the lab of Dr SusanneGabrielsson at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm (Sweden) as postdoc where Iwas studying the use of exosomes as cancer vehicles vaccines but also asbiomarkers for different pulmonary diseases. After 2 years I accepted aposition as Research associate at King’s College London where Prof Juraj Ivanyiwas my supervisor during the three years I spent in his group trying to find abetter vaccine against Tuberculosis disease. At the beginning of 2018, I joinedthe School of Pharmacy at University College London as Associate Lecturer to bepart of the scientific knowledge transference to MSc students.
I feel that with my breadth of knowledge within pharmacology andimmunology alongside experience of working in Science in three differentcountries I have much to offer new students. I have developed and greatlyenjoyed all the responsibilities I have had in mentoring and encouragingstudents with their prospective careers in Science. Firstly, as PhD student Imentored five BSc and MSc students, whilst at Karolinska Institute Icoordinated the final project for three MSc students. Additionally, myexperience as a supervisor of MSc students at KCL together with my experienceas Immunology and Microbiology lecturer for second-year students at DentalInstitute gave me the enthusiasm in taking this job as Teaching fellow.Currently I collaborate in a volunteer-basis with Native Scientist to introduceScience to below of 8-years old kids in their own native language. In 2017 Ihave been recognised by The Higher Education Academy as an AssociateFellow and in 2021 I got the Fellow recognition by the same institution. Since academic year 2020/2021 I am the module leader for Applications of Immunology: Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Diagnostic Techniques available to all MSc Drug Discovery and Development students.
I was born in Seville, Spain, and I always saw myself participating in the process of helping sick people getting recovered or at least feeling much better, that's why I studied Pharmacy in my hometown. I decided later to start my PhD in order to be in the front line of the latest scientific advances. After I got my certificate I wanted to experience what it is working in more international labs and that is why I decided to accept a two-years postdoc offer at the Karolinska Institute, where I had my first experience working in my second language. Extremely rich and open-minding experience where I learnt and enjoyed the fact of being surrounded by other cultures and awesome researchers and even better people. Nevertheless, I thought coming to London could be even more interesting both professionally and personally and I joined as Research associate at King's College London, where I gave my first lecture to Dentistry students. That experience was very successful and I decided I wanted to propagate scientific knowledge to students avid of them. That's why I accepted this position as Teaching Fellow at the School of Pharmacy where everything started, but with different location, a bit more than 10 years ago. I will have the chance of transferring my passion about Science to students who remind me a lot the person I was. Luckily I can continue developing my research in trying to find a better vaccine against Tuberculosis disease in collaboration with my former institution.