Helena Castañé

Visiting Scientist

Helena began her academic journey at Rovira i Virgili University in Spain, earning a bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She continued her education at Lleida University, also in Spain, where she completed her master's degree in Biomedical Research. Early in her career, Helena dedicated herself to lipidomics analyses, recognizing its potential in diagnosing and predicting diseases.
Her academic pursuits led her to a PhD in Sant Joan University Hospital (Reus, Spain), where she developed a robust clinical understanding, particularly in metabolic disorders associated with adipose tissue. During her PhD, she performed multiomics analyses in samples from patients with severe obesity. Her study aim is to explore the molecular mechanisms that drive hepatic alterations derived from severe obesity.
In January 2024, Helena joined the MicroOrgano lab as a visiting PhD student. Here, she plans to bring her clinical research into practical application, specifically in the innovative WAT/Liver-on-a-Chip project. Her goal is to replicate and further understand the clinical observations related to liver diseases in obesity at the cellular level. The collaborative effort between Tübingen and Reus will represent a fusion of academic expertise and commitment to address complex health issues through cutting-edge biomedical research.

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