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Arantxa Bolinches Amorós

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Arantxa’s research background is in molecular and cell biology. She did her PhD Thesis at Biomedicine Institute of Valencia (IBV-CSIC), Spain, in the field of molecular and cellular bases of rare diseases. Her PhD project was focused on understanding the role of mitochondria in neurodegeneration of peripheral neuropathies, specifically in Friedreich´s ataxia and Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 4A/2K diseases.

After completing her PhD, she joined the National Stem Cell Bank in the Príncipe Felipe Research Center (CIPF) in Valencia, Spain, where she combined her previous formation in molecular neurodegeneration with induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) technology. She worked with iPSC derived from patients with retinopathies as disease models to study retinal dystrophies in these cells and their differenciated derivatives, retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and photoreceptor cells.

Arantxa joined Professor MacLaren´s research group in 2017, working in a collaborative project with OxStem Ocular. The goal of this project is the identification of small molecules that stimulate retinal precursor cells as novel therapies for retinopathies.