My name is Paula Zamora and I am from Santiago, Chile. I studied Biochemistry in Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, where I obtained my BS degree and a Professional Biochemist degree. I am enrolled in the IGP Program and my interest areas are related to pathogenesis of microbial diseases. I joined the Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology (PMI) department and I am working towards my PhD degree in Microbiology and Immunology. I am working in Terry Dermody's lab where we study the molecular pathogenesis of mammalian reovirus and Chikungunya virus infections. I make the best decision joining this lab and this department; and I am sure that I will receive a great training for becoming an independent scientist.
This is my first time living in another country and in a small city, so it has been very different from what I was used to. People in Nashville are so nice; everyone seems to take care about you. This city has a very good atmosphere and if you enjoy nature you will be delighted with all the beautiful places that are around here. I am hoping to take the best of this experience, meet a lot of people, make contact networks and enjoy all the opportunities that Vanderbilt offers to their students.
Fernández de Castro I, Zamora PF, Ooms L, Fernández JJ, Lai CM, Mainou BA, Dermody TS, Risco C. Correction for Fernández de Castro et al., Reovirus Forms Neo-Organelles for Progeny Particle Assembly within Reorganized Cell Membranes. MBio. 2015 Jan 27;6(1). pii: e02529-14. doi: 10.1128/mBio.02529-14.