Vanasa NageswaranI was born in the beautiful multicultural metropolis of Berlin (Germany) and I will graduate shortly from a bachelor in biotechnology at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU CS) in Germany. I decided to study biotechnology because I was already fascinated in school with biology and with the relationship between medical and engineering processes. I am motivated to gain as much expertise as possible in terms of genetics and molecular biology and to expand my practical experience in both areas.
My biggest desire is to be able to, in the future, visit many impressive cities and countries all over the world and to be exposed to different cultures and languages. Searching for a formative working environment, I took an internship position at Babraham Institute in Cambridge in the Casanueva lab. My current (and fascinating!) project is to investigate the effects of dietary restriction and lipid metabolism on ageing, using the nematode (worm) C. elegans as a model system. Working in the Casanueva lab has given me the opportunity to realise first-hand the powerful genetic and molecular methods that C .elegans is well known for. I am very glad to have taken this internship in the bioscience-city of Cambridge, as I have come to realise a life-long dream!
Li C, Casanueva O
Essays in biochemistry
60 1744-1358:191-202 (2016)
Niche-associated activation of rac promotes the asymmetric division of Drosophila female germline stem cells.
W Lu, MO Casanueva, AP Mahowald
10 7:e1001357 (2012)
MO Casanueva, A Burga, B Lehner
Science (New York, N.Y.)
335 6064:82-5 (2012)
A Burga, MO Casanueva, B Lehner
480 7376:250-3 (2011)
Neuronal signaling modulates protein homeostasis in Caenorhabditis elegans post-synaptic muscle cells.
SM Garcia, MO Casanueva, MC Silva
Genes & development
21 22:3006-16 (2007)
Germline stem cell number in the Drosophila ovary is regulated by redundant mechanisms that control Dpp signaling.
MO Casanueva, EL Ferguson
Development (Cambridge, England)
131 9:1881-90 (2004)
At least two receptors of asymmetric acetylcholinesterase are present at the synaptic basal lamina of Torpedo electric organ.
OI Casanueva, P Deprez, T García-Huidobro
Biochemical and biophysical research communications
250 2:312-7 (1998)
A major portion of synaptic basal lamina acetylcholinesterase is detached by high salt- and heparin-containing buffers from rat diaphragm muscle and Torpedo electric organ.
Casanueva OI, García-Huidobro T, Campos EO
The Journal of biological chemistry
273 0021-9258:4258-65 (1998)
Acetylcholinesterase accelerates assembly of amyloid-beta-peptides into Alzheimer's fibrils: possible role of the peripheral site of the enzyme.
NC Inestrosa, A Alvarez, CA Pérez
16 4:881-91 (1996)