Senior Technician, UCL Fish Facility (Division of Biosciences)
What is your role and what does it involve?
I am mainly responsible for innovative procedural work. Since relocating to London in 2015 I have been assisting in the expansion and improvement of the zebrafish Cryopreservation programme at the UCL Fish Facility.
What attracted you to UCL?
UCL offers an excellent international environment to work in, motivating my desire to improve and develop professionally.
What and where was your previous role?
Previously, I had been working as a Research Technician for five years at different labs and fish facilities in Scotland (Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling) and Barcelona (Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) on very challenging and multidisciplinary projects which involved different fields such as Welfare, Behaviour, Molecular Biology, Immunology and Biotechnology.
What working achievement or initiative at UCL (or in previous work experiences) are you most proud of?
My first paper related to zebrafish welfare was published last year: (10.1016/j.dci.2016.09.008). Sonia Rey, Visila Moiche, Sebastian Boltana, Mariana Teles, Simon MacKenzie. Behavioural fever in zebrafish larvae. Developmental and Comparative Immunology 67: 287-292. February 2017.
In addition I won the 2nd Poster Prize at FELASA Congress (The Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations): Survival and Growth on different Zebrafish Strains fed with a combination of Dry and Saltwater Rotifers Diets. June 13-16, 2016. Brussels, Belgium.
What is the best aspect about working at UCL?
CPD - the wide range of professional development opportunities enabling me to achieve my goals and career aspirations.
What does it feel like to be part of the UCL community?
I feel excited about being part of this community at UCL where benefits and policies apply equally, whatever the sexual orientation and/or gender identity of employees.
What are your future career aspirations?
I would like to carry on applying molecular research to improve animal welfare and hence to set up a health monitoring programme using molecular techniques.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I really enjoy my life in London. I love to visit museums, different exhibitions, musicals and concerts of my favourite artists.