Sofia Esperti

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My name is Sofia Esperti and I come from Italy. I studied Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Perugia in Italy and I joined the EVIDENCE program in March 2020. I'm working as a PhD student between the company Eytech Pharma and the Interuniversity Laboratory of Human Movement Biology (LIBM) in Lyon.

How to get to know this grant

After my Master's degree in Italy, l had the opportunity to attend an Erasmus Traineeship Project at "Imagine Institute of Genetic Disease" in Paris (FR). During this great experience I started to discover "the red blood cell's world", because l worked in a research team focusing on gene therapy for Sickle cell disease.

This Traineeship changed my life because after that l decided to continue working in the red blood cell field, that is how l have found the EVIDENCE project.

Reason for joining

I was interested to keep on the research about Sickle cell Disease and that is why l started to look for a PhD position in Europe. In fact, my Evidence Project at LIBM is about the rheological characterization of sickle red blood cells and the analysis of senescence markers according to the severity of the disease.

Expectations

l work at Erytech Pharma, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company which uses a technology to encapsulate therapeutic drug substances inside red blood cells to develop innovative therapies for rare forms of cancer and orphan diseases. The objective of my work is to characterize  the impact of the encapsulation process on the biology of red blood cells.

It is really challenging to work between an Academic and a Private Company laboratory, it provides scientific exchanges, and it improves professional skills.

I'm glad to be part of this European project and l think that together, each one with different skills, we are building a very strong team on red blood cells knowledges.