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Ana Gallego Cortés completed her undergraduate degree in Biotechnology at University of Salamanca. In her last year, she participated in an international exchange programme with the University of British Columbia in which she specialized in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. After her degree, she did the MSc Molecular Medicine at Imperial College London where she joined the Barclay Laboratory to carry out her final project under the supervision of Dr Daniel Goldhill.  Her project focused on studying polymerase mutations in H1N1 influenza A from 2009 pandemic to elucidate their implication in the fitness advantage of the virus and its resistance to favipiravir.

Now, she has just started working as Research Assistant in the Naglik lab where she aims to investigate the interaction between fungal pathogens with host cells focusing on Candida albicans and the recently discovered cytolytic peptide toxin, Candidalysin.