Desirée Villahermosa Caballero

Current Board of Directors

Graduated as a Biologist (speciality Biomedicine) and as a Biochemist from the Universitat de Barcelona in 2005, I moved to Cadiz where I did a MSc in Biotechnology in 2009, followed by a PhD in Microbial Biotechnology. For my thesis, I optimized the process of sulphide removal in wastewater treatment plants utilizing already present bacterial community. I moved to the UK in 2013, where I collaborated with the Cancer Research groups at the University of Bangor, and worked in Industry. In January 2015 I was awarded a PhD Summa Cum Laude, and I started my first postdoctoral position at University of Bangor. I studied drug sensitivity in mismatch repair proteins; errors in DNA replication lead to accumulation of mutations and potentially cancer, Mismatch Repair is the main DNA repair pathway during DNA replication and for the maintenance of microsatellite stability. I am currently a Research Fellow at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre in University of Sussex, studying a protein complex involved in structural maintenance of chromosomes, which has roles in DNA replication, homologous recombination, other yet unknown functions and is essential for the maintenance of genomic integrity. Next, I aim to continue my career outside of academia and for that, the skills I gained through my active involvement with SRUK/CERU are invaluable.