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PhD candidate

Eric Barros M.D.

PhD candidate
Eric Barros

Eric Barros (b.1990) began his studies as a Doctor in Medicine at the School of Medicine of Universidad de Carabobo in Venezuela, during which he worked as an undergraduate intern at Ciudad Hospitalaria Enrique Tejera and at the Cellular Bioenergetics Laboratory of Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas (IVIC), where he was able to work around pregnancy diseases such as preeclampsia and etiological mechanisms regarding Ca+2 ATPase and new therapeutic approaches involving magnesium gluconate. He obtained his academic degree as a Doctor in Medicine in 2013, after which he worked as a rural doctor. In 2015 he worked as a research assistant at the Cellular & Molecular Physiology Laboratory (CMPL), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, in Santiago, Chile, where he studied mechanisms involving fetoplacental vascular dysfunction using microvascular (hPMEC) and macrovascular endothelial cells (HUVEC) as a study model for gestational diabetes. In 2016 visited the UMCG (University Medical Center Groningen) at the Netherlands with the help of the EULAMDIMA project with the aim of isolating exosomes and evaluate their response on a HUVEC based model of gestational diabetes, after which he began his PhD in Medical Sciences and is currently working in endocrine hypertension and primary aldosteronism associated to extracellular vesicles, particularly exosomes as carriers of biomarkers of the disease under the supervision of Dr. Cristian Carvajal at the Endocrinology Department, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. In July 2018 he joined the ion transport group at the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Radboud University Medical Center for an internship, where he aims to analyze the cargo of urinary exosomes and elucidate the role of mineralocorticoid hormones on the cargo of such vesicles.



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