Elsa Rodrigues


College / University

University of Lisbon

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Chemistry and Biochemistry




Lab Experience

Basic molecular biology and biochemistry techniques: PCR, plasmid design, DNA cloning and extraction, restriction mapping, SDS-PAGE, Western blot. Expression in E.Coli and insect cells. Protein purification: affinity and size-exclusion chromatography, AKTA FPLC. Fluorescence microscopy: wide field, light-sheet, image processing and analysis. UV spectrophotometry. Enzyme kinetic assays: 1H NMR.

Projects / Research

  • 07/2016 – 03/2017 "Expression and purification of Kinesins and RBPs for complex biophysical characterization and in-vitro reconstitution of dentritic RNA transport, "Cytoskeleton dependent RNA distribution mechanisms" Lab, CRG, Barcelona, Spain
  • 01/2016 – 04/2016 Angiogenesis in the Developing Spinal Cord of Zebrafish: characterization and dependence on canonical Wnt signaling pathway, “Embryo Development and Regeneration” Lab, iMM, Lisbon, Portugal (B.Sc. Thesis)
  • 08/2015 Kinetic and stoichiometry characterization of C. Glutamicum enzyme 2,3-butanediol dehydrogenase by 1H NMR and spectrophotometric assays, “Cell Physiology and NMR” Lab, ITQB, Oeiras, Portugal

Scholarships / Awards

2017 – 2018: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2016: Stipend by CRG for 4th Summer Internship Program
2015: Erasmus scholarship


My interests lie mostly in, but are not limited to, CNS pathology and regeneration. I am particularly excited about Müller cells reprogramming/hybridization and molecular regulation of axon growth as focus points in neuroretinal regeneration. In the program, I intend to gain knowledge in bioinformatics tools and biophysical methods but, most of all, to be exposed to new topics and research interests that might shape my scientific path in unexpected ways.