Begoña Lavín Plaza

Dr. Begoña Lavin Plaza obtained her Bachelor degree in Biology (2008) and her MA on Therapeutic Cellular targets (2010), both from the University of Alcalá de Henares. Between 2008 and 2013 she completed her PhD at the National Centre of Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) in Madrid, focused on the effect of proteolytic enzymes and nitric oxide on vascular remodeling. During her PhD she did an internship at the laboratory of Professor Botnar at King’s College London (2012). After completing her PhD, she re-joined the School of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering as Research Associate (2013–21). Her research interests are focused on enhancing the understanding of the molecular mechanisms underpinning the role of vascular inflammation on different cardiovascular diseases and identifying new biomarkers that can be used as therapeutics and/or imaging probes to treat and diagnose cardiovascular diseases. To date, she has published 21 high impact publications, 2 book chapters and 1 international patent. She has presented more than 20 abstracts at national and international conferences (ISMRM, ESMI, EAS, BAS), including 10 oral presentations. In 2021, she joined the Complutense University of Madrid as Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Faculty of Chemistry. In April 2021, she joined Dr. Palomares’ group where she is currently stablishing a new research area focused on the interplay between cardiovascular diseases and inflammation.


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