Who are we?
ECUSA-DC brings together scientists from the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia areas. This chapter is characterized as the home of the ECUSA founders. In addition, it is the chapter most closely linked to US governmental institutions, as the area is home to the national headquarters of organizations such as the NIH, NASA, the Patent Office, the FDA, the USDA, and the EPA, among many others, all of them with the presence of Spanish scientists. In addition to institutions such as Smithsonian, WWF, The Nature Conservancy, and universities of great international prestige, such as Georgetown, Maryland, George Washington, George Mason or Johns Hopkins, among others. The ECUSA-DC chapter now has more than 100 members.
What do we do?
We organize events and promote networking between ECUSA members. We look forward to seeing you at all of our events, which we will inform you about on this Chapter webpage and on ECUSA’s social media official accounts.
Jorge Gómez Deza
Jorge studied his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at University College London and his PhD in neuroscience in King’s College London. After defending his thesis, he joined the National Institutes of Health in Washington DC as a postdoctoral fellow. His research tries to understand why human neurons die in neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, ALS or chronic pain. It order to do so, Jorge generates human neurons “in a dish” and performs high throughput assays to uncover novel therapeutic targets for these conditions.
PhD in Genetics from the University of Barcelona. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health studying the molecular mechanisms of rare diseases that affect the brain. To do this, she uses stem cells to manipulate the genome and create human neuronal models of these diseases.
Yara Ruiz García
Yara Ruiz Garcia finished her degree in chemical sciences at the University of Valladolid, and has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Ghent (Belgium). Her thesis project was the synthesis of artificial transcription factors and their application in oncology, funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant from the European Commission. She worked as a postdoc in the design of new antimicrobial compounds at the University of Lincoln (UK). She joined GSK four years ago and is currently medical affairs manager for meningococcal disease vaccines. Her fields of interest are public health, vaccines, oncology, and interaction with health professionals.
PhD in Biomedicine from the University of Barcelona, specializing in gene therapy. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the National Cancer Institute (NIH). Interested in the mechanisms of gene regulation via ncRNAs (miRNA, shRNA, CRISPR). Ph.D in Biomedicine by University of Barcelona specialized in gene therapy. Currently he is working as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NIH). His are of interest is the mechanisms of regulation by ncRNAs (miRNA, shRNA, CRISPR).
Juan is a third-year PhD student at the National Institute of Mental Health (Bethesda, MD). During his studies in Biochemistry at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Juan began doing research at the Cajal Institute on Parkinson’s and drug addiction. After completing his degree, Juan moved to Scotland to pursue a Master’s in Biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh. To pursue his current doctorate, Juan decided to build a collaboration with the NIH through its Graduate Partnership Program, of which he is currently a beneficiary. Juan studies the role of the D3 receptor in the context of neuropsychiatric diseases. Juan has been a member of the ECUSA Board of the DC chapter since 2019 and is also a member of the communication commission.
CDA / Advisory
Patricia Fernández Ferri received her Pharmacy degree and her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Valencia. She performed postdoctoral research at New York University, Institute of Biomedicine of Valencia and at the National Cancer Institute (NIH). She is currently working as a clinical laboratory geneticist at GeneDx, a genetic testing company, after graduating from the Laboratory Genetics and Genomics program at the National Human Genome Research Institute. At ECUSA, Patricia has been a board member of the DC chapter from the beginning, has co-directed the Advisory program (2017-2021) and keeps her collaboration as a member of the Advisory team.
Co-director Fostering Grads
Pedro received his PhD from the Centro Nacional de Biotecnología/Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. When she finished, she received the Areces Foundation grant and also the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to work as a postdoc at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute (England) to investigate new therapeutic targets (protein kinases) in lung cancer. Since 2017 he continues his postdoctoral research at the National Cancer Institute (Frederick).