Research Departments Physiology 20210331 Personal Touch Anastasia Adella
29 March 2021

Could you tell us something about your work at the department?
My PhD focuses on elucidating the role of RRAGD in the kidney. Recently, in a collaborative effort, our group identified eight unrelated families that exhibit severe cardiomyopathy and renal tubulopathies (CaRT) syndrome. Upon genetic screening, it was discovered that all patients suffered from heterozygous mutations in the RRAGD gene. Therefore, my project aims to identify what happens to the RagD signaling pathway in the kidney that gives rise to this novel disease and to provide a potential therapy.

Could you describe yourself in a few words?
I’m bubbly, independent, and a big time foodie

What do you normally do in the weekends?
You will often see me at a friend’s house enjoying good food (home-cooked or takeaway) and the company of friends. Otherwise, I probably stay at home to binge-watch Netflix series or catch up with friends and family back home.

What are your hobbies and can you tell us something about your favorite one?
Listening to music, singing, watching dramas, variety shows, and movies, trying out new recipes, traveling, and planning trips. My favorite would be the last one, although I’m not sure if it’s considered a hobby. But it always excites me to find which cities to visit, how to get there, where to stay, and most importantly, what food to try. Nowadays, I just make a list of places to visit, and maybe once we’re allowed to travel again I could actually do it. And I also like to browse through IKEA website and putting things on my wishlist.

Could you describe your best holiday?
Winter 2018, Amsterdam-Brussels-Paris-Strasbourg-Munich-Vienna-Prague. I went on an ambitious 10-day trip and visited all those cities. Since it was my first holiday in Europe, it was amazing to see it all in person and visited famous places I’d only seen from movies. Foods, Eiffel tower, all the Christmas markets, every single thing was memorable.

What is your dream for the future?
I would like to travel more and enjoy lots of foods the world has to offer.

Please add a picture of yourself during a certain activity and add here a note explaning the photo:
To complete the whole story, this is a picture of me enjoying life to the fullest. I was holding (and munching) an éclair at the Galeries Lafayette, Paris. After that, my friends and I went straight to another department store to taste the Pierre Hermé famous macarons.

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