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Mariana Mota Castro Dias

What is your project/research about?

I am focused on the role of the tight junctions molecules in defining brain barrier integrity, under healthy and neuroinflammatory conditions. I am specifically interested in the claudins proteic family and their influence in the permeability and in junction architecture of the blood-brain barrier and of the blood-cerebrospinal fluid-barrier.

Why did you apply for a Marie Curie ITN and especially this project?

I really identify myself with this project and overall, the concept of the network really attracts me. I do admire the idea of collaborations, international exchanges and being part of a group that works together and shares the same goals and scientific interests. It gives you way more than a PhD title.

What is so fascinating for you on research in general?

I like the idea of discovering details that might change our scientific concepts and that can contribute with some knowledge to the field.

What do you do in your free time?

I really like to go out to the city with my friends, catch up and have a drink and I also like to do some sports, specifically, swimming.

What are your plans for your future?

I am just starting the PhD, so for now, my main focus is finishing my degree.

Regarding our meetings:

Please give a short summary what you remember about are Network Meetings?

I just attended one, in Warsaw, and overall I found it very pleasant, interesting and people were very welcoming and nice.

What are the impressions and learnings you take with you from each meeting?

In the one I attended it was nice to see all the research that has been developed within the group and to talk with my colleagues and supervisors to have some advice.

What was the most useful workshop?

I didn’t have none, until now.

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