Posts

Showing posts with the label Marta Limargas

RotM: Interview with Dr. Marta Llimargas Casanova

Image
As we approach International Women's Day, we spoke to our first woman Researcher of the Month (RotM) at Coffee Table Science, Dr. Marta Llimargas Casanova. Dr. Marta is the Principal Researcher at the Institut de Biologia Molecular de Barcelona where her team studies formation of tissues and organs during development. Her recent publication in PLoS Genetics sheds more light on chitin deposition. 
Here's Dr. Marta speaking more about her publication, women in science and working as a scientist. 

CTS: How has your recent publication added to existing knowledge about the chitin deposition? 
Chemical structure of chitin
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)MLC: Chitin is a natural polysaccharide made of UDP-N-acetylglucosamine monomers (a derivative of glucose). It is the second most abundant polymer in nature after cellulose, and from a functional point of view it has activities comparable to those of the protein keratin. Chitin is present in the cell wall of fungi and it is the major component…