Sara Alvira de Celis

Former Member of the International Collaborations Department | Member of the Science Policy Department | Member of the Neuroscience Committee

Involvement in SRUK/CERU

Sara Alvira de Celis graduated as a pharmacist from the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in 2006 followed by an MSc in Biotechnological Engineer (2006-2008). There, she started her research career in the laboratory of Mark van Raaij, in crystallography of viral proteins. In 2008, she moved to the CNB-CSIC in Madrid to complete her doctoral studies in molecular chaperones and transmission electron microscopy at the laboratory of Jose María Valpuesta. She accepted in 2014 a Research Associate position at the University of Bristol at the laboratory of Ian Collinson working in protein translocation machineries across membranes from a biochemical and structural view. She was awarded in 2015 with the José Tormo Prize from the SEBBM for her PhD studies in structural biology and the same year, she obtained an EMBO Long Term Fellowship. She was an Elizabeth Blackwell Fellow in 2018/2019 at the same position at the University of Bristol. In 2023 she made a change in her career and now holds a role as a research project manager in an Innovative Training Network within the Horizon 2020 programme. She was Director of the SRUK South West Constituency from 2017 to 2018 and Director of the International Collaborations Department from 2018 to 2020. Currently, she is a member of the SRUK Science Policy Department.