Cristina Gómez Casado, a predoctoral fellowship a recent doctorate from the research group "Molecular basis of allergenicity and cross- reactivity of plant foods" led by Araceli Diaz Perales, has recently won the award for the best scientific poster, at the International Symposium on Molecular Allergology (ISMA ), organized by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), which took place from 5th to 7th December in Vienna (Austria).
Cristina, Bachelor in Science and Food Technology by the Autonomous University of Madrid, began her research career with the project "Hormones, puberty and breast cancer. Influence of dietary lipids" for the Master Program in Cell Biology, at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. In 2010, she was awarded with a Researcher Training scholarship (FPI) from the Spanish Government to carry out her doctoral thesis in the field of food allergies.
The work for which she received the award for the best presentation of a scientific poster is part of her doctoral thesis supported by 8 published articles in international journals, and whose defence took place at the CBGP on 2nd December, qualified with the highest rating. In this study, the prevalence of wheat allergens in a patient population affected by baker's asthma is characterized by a protein microarray. Baker’s asthma is an occupational allergy caused by inhalation of wheat flour in the workplace. This project, and others developed by the group of Araceli Diaz Perales helps the molecular characterization of the phenomenon of allergy and can implement improvements in the diagnosis and clinical management of patients, thanks to the close collaboration between the medical professionals and this research group.
The new PhD will continue working for almost one more year at the CBGP, during which she intends to complete her projects in Araceli Diaz Perales’ group, while looking for a postdoc position to continue her training in immunology.