Profile: Tania Hidalgo

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Dr. Tania Hidalgo has been awarded with the “Atracción del Talento” grant from the Community of Madrid in order to develop her investigation at the Advanced Porous Materials unit in the IMDEA Energy institute (Spain) as Postdoctoral Researcher. Her job is focus in the development of porous materials (Metal-Organic Frameworks, MOFs) for the protection & immobilization of macromolecules (proteins / enzymes / drugs).  She has obtained a Joint PhD thesis in Material Chemistry & Pharmacy issued by the University of Versailles (France) and the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) under the supervision of Dr. P. Horcajada, C. Serre and M.J. Alonso. Her PhD project was based on the synthesis and characterization of novel drug delivery systems, the nanoscaled MOFs (nanoMOFs), modulating their fate by external surface modifications with attractive biopolymers depending on the desired administration route. After her PhD, she started her postdoctoral experience with a MedTrain Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Fellowship in UCC (Ireland), aimed at efficient drug delivery platforms for nucleic acid delivery across the blood-brain barrier (BBB).

She is looking forward to join the Young Scientist Committee to contribute to the growing science community, meeting with scientist from all over the world. Moreover, she will continue in the organization of Pint of Science Spain (firstly in PoS Ireland 2018 as local manager and secondly in PoS Madrid 2019, responsible of Communication department) as well as volunteering with other public engagement activities such as the “European Researchers’ Night–Marie Curie Actions”, “The Science Week” or “International Day of Women and Girls in Science”. Outside the lab she is quite active person, she loves travelling, trying new adventures, as well as spending time with family and friends.