After being fascinated and intrigued by the complex mechanisms of the human body and how they integrate for proper functioning, Anitta went on to obtain her BSc Hons in Biomedical Science. Here, she was able to gain invaluable knowledge about the ever-evolving field of scientific research. As well as obtaining various laboratory techniques, she developed an interest in the field of Molecular Biology and Translational Research through her undergraduate degree.
Therefore, leading her to pursue a Master of Research (MRes) in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine, specializing in the Stem cells, Tissues, and Disease strand at the University of Liverpool, Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology.
During her BSc final year, she was involved in a project investigating the toxicity of electronic cigarettes on the A549 human lung cell line, where she was able to utilize a range of laboratory techniques. The research projects she undertook for her MRes overall aimed to characterize the safety and efficacy of non-invasive imaging techniques for tracking stem cell therapies including a potential stem cell therapy for Parkinson’s Disease. Through both her BSc Hons and MRes she was able to gain a great interest in the use of imaging techniques and molecular biology methods and how they facilitate an in-depth understanding of diseases and ultimately the movement towards clinical translation.
Recently, after understanding how important it is for scientific concepts and novel research to be communicated effectively, she has become particularly interested in science communication and public engagement. Anitta received a runner up prize from the British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy for the 2020 Science Writing Competition. She has also been involved in some volunteering as a STEM ambassador trying to communicate scientific topics through innovative ways such as short animated clips for younger individuals.
Her hope is that through these activities she can make other individuals as inspired and curious about science as much as she was. As for Anitta’s hobbies outside of research and the lab, she enjoys indulging her time in reading, exploring, and traveling.