Postgraduates of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering Society

Postgraduates of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and BioengineeringSociety

Beatriz Vale


2017-Current: PhD in Cell/Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Nanoscopy Heriot-Watt-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK 2014-2017: BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, UK (years 2-4) 2013-2014: BSc in Health Sciences (1st year) University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Beatriz is a PhD student in Dr Colin Rickman’s research group. Prior to this she completed her BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science at Edinburgh Napier University after transferring from the University of Lisbon upon completion of her 1st year in Health Sciences. During her undergrad she developed a keen interest in Immunology and Molecular Biology. When conducting her honours research project she looked to develop a next generation non-cytotoxic dye based suppression assay aimed at testing the therapeutic potential of genetically engineered regulatory T cells that could be used to treat autoimmune disease. Whilst at Heriot-Watt Beatriz hopes to widen her horizons by furthering her knowledge in Molecular Biology and Biophysics studying the fascinating and complex cellular process of exocytosis, SNAREs and BoNTs biology while gaining expertise in Super Resolution Microscopy/Nanoscopy techniques utilised for dissecting various cellular and molecular processes. Outside university she enjoys reading, learning languages, watching criminal shows and spending time with family and friends. She can often be found in the Ravenclaw Common Room drinking butterbeer whilst flicking through ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’.

Primary supervisor: Dr. Colin Rickman

Reseach Project:

Observing the molecular machinery of exocytosis