Alexis Rivas Ahumada from Chile is currently on secondment in Ireland

In October Alexis from Claudio Hetz’s lab in Chile arrived in Afshin Samali’s lab in Galway, Ireland. Alexis will work in Galway until April 2018 where  he will screen for compounds that can restore the proteostasis capacity of cells prone to aggregate misfolded proteins in cellular-based assays of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer´s Disease, Parkinson´s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Huntington´s Disease. He is using a high-throughput screening platform to assess the ability of different compound/extracts from natural sources to reduce the  number and size of toxic intracellular aggregates