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Zamira Vanessa Diaz Riascos

I am a researcher in the Drug Delivery and Targeting (DDT) group, and our research is focused on improving the treatment of minority diseases such and cancer using nanomedicine in animal models. In addition, I am responsible for the in vivo section of the Functional Validation & Preclinical Research (FVPR) platform of the Nanbiosis U20.

Institutions of which they are part

Senior researcher
Clinical Biochemistry, Drug Delivery & Therapy (CB-DDT)
Vall Hebron Institut de Recerca

Zamira Vanessa Diaz Riascos

Institutions of which they are part

Senior researcher
Clinical Biochemistry, Drug Delivery & Therapy (CB-DDT)
Vall Hebron Institut de Recerca

I am a researcher in the Drug Delivery and Targeting (DDT) group, and our research is focused on improving the treatment of minority diseases such and cancer using nanomedicine in animal models. In addition, I am responsible for the in vivo section of the Functional Validation & Preclinical Research (FVPR) platform of the Nanbiosis U20.

I obtained the degree of Biology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2007. Also, in the same year I obtained the title of Official Master's Degree in Advanced Genetics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. During my PhD in the laboratory of Dr. Gabriel Capellà (ICO-IDIBELL, Barcelona, Spain), I implanted an orthotopic mouse model, perpetuating human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) tissues. I gained a strong understanding of mouse surgery with considerable experience including: handling of clinical human samples, processing of samples derived from mouse models, and data analysis. My project focused on a molecular biology study characterizing the most frequent genes involved in this type of tumor. In addition, during my PhD I investigated the role of microRNAs, the miR-200 family, and ZEBs in PDAC primary tumors, patient-derived xenografts, and in cells that overexpress miR-200 by lentivirus transduction. I did an 11-month stay at the “Centre de recherches en cancerologie” of Toulouse, Inserm-Université Toulouse, France, under the supervision of Dr. Pierre Cordelier. Where I was trained to produce lentivirus, development of experiments with cell cultures and Western Blot analysis. Since 2016, I have been in the area of Functional Validation & Preclinical Research (FVPR) and I am currently responsible for the in vivo section, I also have a postdoctoral position in the Drug Delivery and Targeting group led by Dr. Abasolo. I have participated in multiple projects international and national studies using animal models for the validation of new therapeutic targets and new components of nanomedicine for cancer therapy. I recently participated in the development of the preclinical part of the Nocanther project, where magnetic hyperthermia in combination with chemotherapy was studied in a mouse model for the treatment of advanced pancreatic cancer. Nocanther is currently in the clinical phase. In addition, in these last 5 years, I have gained great experience in the field of lysosomal diseases, such as Fabry disease. In this case, I have studied the liposomes and extracellular vesicles as transport agents for the enzyme absent in this disease (GLA). I have carried out studies on the toxicity, biodistribution and efficacy of these nanoparticles in a GLA-deficient mouse model, obtaining published results. I am currently managing and maintaining a colony of transgenic mice. I also participate in a European project (Mimickey) that studies the disease of pycnodysosotosis (cathesin deficiency).
In addition, I have extensive experience in experimental imaging models and functional applications of bioluminescent or fluorescent non-invasive optical imaging. Work under ISO9001 conditions.

Research lines

Desenvolupament de models animals per l'avaluació ràpida i eficient de tractaments nanotecnològics

IP: Zamira Vanessa Diaz Riascos

Projects

TACTIC: Explorando soluciones a los retos de salud mediante ciencia disruptiva, terapias avanzadas y medicina de sistemas

IP: Begoña Benito Villabriga
Collaborators: Carmen Escudero Iriarte, Laia Ventura i Expósito, Susana Otero Romero, TACTIC: Explorando soluciones a los retos de salud mediante ciencia disruptiva, terapias avanzadas y medicina de sistemas, Ignacio Ferreira González, José Antonio Barrabés Riu, Carlos Nos Llopis, Pablo Velasco Puyó, Jose Fernando Rodríguez Palomares, María Rosario Pérez- Torres Lobato, Sunny Malhotra Sareen, Perez Dueñas, Belen, Jaume Sastre Garriga, Joan López Hellin, Antonia Sambola Ayala, Jordi Rio Izquierdo, Nuria Rivas Gandara, Jordi Perez Rodon, Aroa Soriano Fernández, Manuel Comabella Lopez, Antonio Rodríguez Sinovas, Gisela Teixido Tura, Antonia Pijuan Domenech, Roser Ferrer Costa, Joaquin Seras Franzoso, Carmen Tur Gomez, Maria Cristina Díaz de Heredia Rubio, Laia Yañez Bisbe, Julia German Cortes, Maria Jose Pérez García, Miguel Segura Ginard, Diego Baranda Martínez-Abasca, Cristina Auger Acosta, Neus Bellera Gotarda, Herena Eixarch Ahufinger, M Mar Mañu Pereira, Deborah Pareto Onghena, Lorena Valero Arrese, Aitor Uribarri Gonzalez, Jordi Bañeras Rius, Alex Rovira Cañellas, Mar Tintore Subirana, Bruno García del Blanco, Maria Teresa Salcedo Allende, Marisol Ruiz Meana, Ana Belén Méndez Fernández, Xavier Montalban Gairín, Simon Schwartz Navarro, Anna Llort Sales, Carmen Espejo Ruiz, Raquel Hladun Alvaro, Angels Alcina Mila, Sandra Mancilla Zamora, Zamira Vanessa Diaz Riascos, Ana Zabalza de Torres, Ariadna Boloix Amenós, Marc Miquel Moltó Abad, Javier Inserte Igual, Luciana Midaglia Fernandez, Elizabeth Pando Rau, Gabriela Guillén Burrieza, Cazurro Gutierrez, Ana Laura, Gómez Andrés, David, Alvaro Cobo Calvo, Alvaro Calabuig Goena, Joaquin Castillo Justribo, Lydia Dux-Santoy Hurtado, Lucas Moreno Martín-Retortillo, Andres Miguez Gonzalez, Josep Roma Castanyer, Laura Dos Subirá, Nicolás Miguel Fissolo, Maria Nazarena Pizzi, Tian Tian, Bou Teen, Diana, Fernanda Raquel Da Silva Andrade, Diana Fernandes de Rafael, Andrea Guala
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Funding: 2494527.53
Reference: FORT23/00034
Duration: 01/01/2024 - 31/12/2027

Bioquímica Clínica, Vehiculització de Fàrmacs i Teràpia (Clinical Biochemistry, Drug Delivery & Therapy, CB-DDT)

IP: Bioquímica Clínica, Vehiculització de Fàrmacs i Teràpia (Clinical Biochemistry, Drug Delivery & Therapy, CB-DDT)
Collaborators: José Antonio Arranz Amo, Raquel Barquin Del Pino, Laura Conesa Milian, Clara Ramírez Serra, Yolanda Villena Ortiz, Joan López Hellin, Albert Blanco Grau, Francisco Rodríguez Frias, Roser Ferrer Costa, Joaquin Seras Franzoso, Diego Baranda Martínez-Abasca, Laura Castillo Ribelles, Clara Carnicer Cáceres, Marina Giralt Arnaiz, Ana Gomez Garcia, Simon Schwartz Navarro, Pablo Gabriel Medina, Bioquímica Clínica, Vehiculització de Fàrmacs i Teràpia (Clinical Biochemistry, Drug Delivery & Therapy, CB-DDT), Zamira Vanessa Diaz Riascos, Marc Miquel Moltó Abad, Laura Castellote Bellés, Daniel Bravo Nieto, Luz María Cruz Carlos, Clara Sanz Gea, Alba Estela García Fernández, Maria del Pilar Reimundo Diaz-Fierros, Belen Garcia Prats, Noelia Díaz Troyano, JAUME VIMA BOFARULL, Beatriz Pacín Ruíz, Fernanda Raquel Da Silva Andrade, Diana Fernandes de Rafael, Maria Francesca Cortese, Sandra Mancilla Zamora
Funding agency: Agència Gestió Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
Funding: 60000
Reference: 2021 SGR 01173
Duration: 01/01/2022 - 30/06/2025

Impacto y valor pronóstico de vesículas extracelulares tumorales provenientes de células madre cancerígenas en tumores de mama triple negativo.

IP: Joaquin Seras Franzoso
Collaborators: Laura García Latorre, Diego Baranda Martínez-Abasca, Sandra Mancilla Zamora, Zamira Vanessa Diaz Riascos, Belen Garcia Prats
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Funding: 99220
Reference: PI22/01301
Duration: 01/01/2023 - 31/12/2025

Vesículas extracelulares para el tratamiento de enfermeades lisosomales (Título provisional)

IP: Vesículas extracelulares para el tratamiento de enfermeades lisosomales (Título provisional)
Collaborators: Laura García Latorre, Guillem Pintos Morell, Sandra Mancilla Zamora, Zamira Vanessa Diaz Riascos, Marc Miquel Moltó Abad
Funding agency: Instituto de Salud Carlos III
Funding: 153670
Reference: PI21/00936
Duration: 01/01/2022 - 31/12/2024

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