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Juan Varela

started his PhD in University College Dublin at the Centre for BioNano Interactions in October 2007. He is working on interactions between nanoparticles and human cells. Based in Prof. Jeremy C. Simpson’s lab, he applies the latest fluorescent microscopy technologies to image live cells fluorescently labelled nanoparticles. In particular, he is interested in tracking the trajectory of each individual NP from uptake through to its final sub-cellular localisation in order to understand the kinetics of the process. He works closely with Dr. Christoffer Aberg and Dr. Peter Sandin on this project.

Juan studied physics at the Universidad de la República in Uruguay. After his BSc. graduation, he worked in the same university as a research assistant in fluid instabilities. There he investigated instabilities developed in stratified flows over pronounced obstacles. He also worked in the network MEDIS: Material Engineering for the Design of Intelligent Sensors. Within this project he did his research at the Département de Recherche Fondamentale sur la Matière Condensée, CEA Grenoble, France.