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Maria Basanta-Sanchez

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Maria Basanta-Sanchez
Senior Research Scientist

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Maria is a Senior Research Scientist at the Advanced Instrumentation Facility, at The RNA Institute, State University at Albany, NY. Her main role is focused on the development of methods for the analysis of existing and novel modifications of RNA by mass spectrometry and complementary biophysical technologies together with the developing of methods for RNA separation and purification. She is also responsible for bringing in potential collaborations, public-private partnerships and to engage with the RNA community to push the technology of RNA therapeutics. Her postdoctoral work at the University of Manchester, UK, included the application of her analytical chemistry background on the development of technology and methods applicable to the discovery of breath biomarkers caused by inflammation and infection in respiratory diseases. This followed couple of years as a research scientist at the University at Albany, working with ion mobility and mass spectrometry to develop methods to study structural conformations of RNA and its effect upon ligand binding.  Her efforts have resulted in 6 out of 10 first authored peer review publications together with two patent applications. Full CV


PhD in Chemistry, 2007, “Development of exhaled breath sampling strategies using differential mobility spectrometry”, The University of Manchester, UK.

MChem (Hons) First Class, Chemistry, 2003, UMIST (University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology), UK.

BSc Chemistry, 2000, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. (Academic File transferred to UMIST in 2000)




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