Dr. Federica Anastasi, postdoctoral researcher at the Barcelonaβeta Research Center (BBRC), research center of the Pasqual Maragall Foundation, has been awarded the 2022 Juan de la Cierva - Formación grant. The State Research Agency (Agencia Estatal de Investigación, AER) allocates this competitive grant to finance the postdoctoral training of researchers in research organizations or R&D centers in Spain. The 2022 Juan de la Cierva fellowship, with a duration of two years, is endowed with an annual amount of 30,000 euros. In addition, an additional grant of 7,400 euros is awarded to cover expenses directly related to the execution of research activities.
The fellowship will allow Dr. Anastasi to develop her lines of research at the Fluid Biomarkers and Translational Neurology Research Group of the BBRC, led by Dr. Marc Suárez-Calvet, which she joined in 2022. She currently focuses on the study of the molecular mechanisms of aging and their link with Alzheimer’s disease and neurodegeneration. In particular, she works on the identification of circulating proteins and metabolites that are associated with brain aging and to assess whether their effect is mediated by the individual’s genetic background, lifestyle, and environmental factors, or known drugs. Dr. Anastasi is additionally collaborating with the Genetic Neuroepidemiology and Biostatistics Research Team led by Dr. Natàlia Vilor-Tejedor in a novel research line in proteogenomics, which aims at genetically predicting proteins and metabolites plasma levels, and to assess their role in brain aging.
Dr. Federica Anastasi is a Chemist and Pharmaceutical Technologist. She obtained her PhD in Nanotechnologies from the the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy) and has completed research stays at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands). Currently, she is also a visitor researcher at the Center for Genomic Regulation of Barcelona.