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 the University of Seville (Spain) in 2007. I started my PhD in the Institute of Biomedicine of Seville in 2008 where I studied the consequences of the mismatch in minor histocompatibility antigens after allogeneic stem-cell transplantation. After I got my PhD certificate in 2013, I joined the lab of Dr Susanne Gabrielsson at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm (Sweden) as postdoc where I was studying the use of exosomes as cancer vehicles vaccines but also as biomarkers for different pulmonary diseases. After 2 years I accepted a position as Research associate at King’s College London where Prof Juraj Ivanyi was my supervisor during the three years I spent in his group trying to find a better vaccine against Tuberculosis disease. At the beginning of 2018, I joined the School of Pharmacy at University College London as Teaching Fellow to be part of the scientific knowledge transference to MSc students.
I feel that with my breadth of knowledge within pharmacology and immunology alongside experience of working in Science in three different countries I have much to offer new students. I have developed and greatly enjoyed all the responsibilities I have had in mentoring and encouraging students with their prospective careers in Science. Firstly, as PhD student I mentored five BSc and MSc students, whilst at Karolinska Institute I coordinated the final project for three MSc students. Additionally, my experience as a supervisor of MSc students at KCL together with my experience as Immunology and Microbiology lecturer for second-year students at Dental Institute gave me the enthusiasm in taking this job as Teaching fellow. Currently I collaborate in a volunteer-basis with Native Scientist to introduce Science to below of 8-years old kids in their own native language. In 2017 I have been recognised by The Higher Education Academy as an Associate Fellow.
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.