University of Glasgow
Patrícia is originally from Slovakia and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Slovak University of Technology where she focused on nanomaterials and their effect on human health and the environment. Her master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology was undertaken at Aalborg University in Denmark, where she worked in a field of cancer research and immunology. The main research areas included bioinformatics, molecular biology, protein chemistry (antibodies) and histology, which involved a collaboration with a hospital in Denmark.
Currently, Patrícia is conducting PhD research under a supervision of Prof. Carl Goodyear in rheumatoid arthritis at the University of Glasgow at the institute of infection, immunity and inflammation (https://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/iii/). The group she is a part of is focused on understanding of immunopathogenesis of various diseases, mostly arthritis, and finding viable treatment with a combination of clinical and laboratory research.
Patrícia’s PhD project aims to test different specialised pro-resolving mediators (SPMs) on osteoclasts differentiated from pre-cursors in both inflammatory and homeostatic conditions. The project also aims to identify receptors present on osteoclasts, their association with pro-resolving lipids and related signalling pathways. This will provide an in-depth understanding of the role of SPMs in normal skeletal health and osteolytic disease, which could lead to ways of therapeutically resolving inflammation-driven bone disease.