Paula Montero Llopis

Background: I am originally from Madrid, Spain, where I went to college. After graduating in 2003 I came to US thinking of staying here for just 1.5 years, and yet, here I am! I got my PhD in Christine Jacobs-Wagner’s laboratory, working on the spatial organization of mRNA and other cellular components involved in the transfer of genetic information in Caulobacter crescentus. I was very honored to receive the 2011 Harold M. Weintraub Student Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for outstanding achievement during graduate studies in biology.

My current work: I decided to switch gears a little bit and decided to join David Rudner’s laboratory the fall of 2011. I am now interested in how chromosomes are organized and compacted in Bacillus subtilis. Particularly, I would like to elucidate how different factors involved in chromosome compaction work together to achieve this compaction and organization. I am currently a Helen Hay Whitney fellow.