Dr VIRTU SOLANO COLLADO
Dr VIRTU SOLANO COLLADO

Dr VIRTU SOLANO COLLADO

Teaching Fellow

About

Room 5.51, Institute of Medical Sciences

University of Aberdeen

Foresterhill

Aberdeen AB25 2ZD  

Internal Memberships

Co-lead IDEALL (https://www.abdn.ac.uk/smmsn/about/ideall-group.php)

IMS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Latest Publications

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Research

Research Overview

I am interested in infection biology, in particular in studying the close interaction of bacteria with our immune cells. In the most recent years, my research has focused on the interplay between Salmonella Typhi, the bacterium that causes typhoid fever, with macrophages – cells of the immune system devoted to kill microbes -. Because S. Typhi is human restricted (it cannot infect other species), I have been particularly interested on understanding what mechanisms mouse macrophages use to restrict S. Typhi and whether these mechanisms are functional in humans.    

Knowledge Exchange

2021 Global Science Show as STEM ambassador, a virtual science festival on Twitter.

2020 Café Connect UoA: Asymptomatic carriers: the hidden epidemic (podcast)

2020 Skype a Scientist (platform that matches students with scientists around the globe)

2019 Soapbox Science as part of Explorathon 2019 (European Researchers’ Night-Scotland), an event where women working in science share the research they do with the general public using no-traditional methods

2017 Falling Walls Lab Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions contestant as part of the ‘Science is wonder-ful!’ event (European Researcher’s night) in Brussels, a science contest where research projects are presented in a three minutes pitch to a distinguished jury representing science and business organisations

2016 Pechakucha 20x20 (20 slides in 20 seconds) as part of Explorathon 2016 (European Researchers’ Night-Scotland), a visual talk lasting 6 minutes and 40 seconds

2016 Participation in “Sneaky Bugs”, a public engagement activity for children where they were introduced to concepts such as microbes, infection, antibiotics and resistance to antibiotics while having fun pretending to be scientist on the bench

Funding and Grants

2020-2021 Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Fellowship

2018-2019 Tenovus Scotland Small Pilot Grant 

2016-2018 Marie-Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship 

 

 

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

Key area of expertise -microbiology and bacterial infection, immunology-innate immune response, molecular biology

- SM2501 (The cell) - Practicals

- BI25M7 (Energy for life) – Course co-ordination. Lectures on Metabolic crosstalk host-pathogen, practicals & tutorials.

- SM2001 (Foundation skills for medical sciences) - Workshops

- SM2501 (Research skills for Medical Sciences) - Theme leader and tutor

- BI20M3 (Molecular biology of the gene) – Practicals

- ME3013 - Year 2 MBChB Student Selected Component - Tutor

- IM3501 (Fundamentals of Immunology) – Practicals and tutorials

- IM3502 (Applied Immunology – Human health) - Tutorials

- MC4314 (Honours microbiology - option 2) - Lectures on bacteria-host interactions

- MB4050 (Advanced Molecular Biology) – course co-ordination

- MB5526 (Genes and Immunity) - Tutorials

- Honours projects: supervision of research projects

Publications

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