Neurobiology Grant Writer Dr. De La Torre received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida State University and her PhD in neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate, she performed research related to Alzheimer’s disease and spent a summer working with Paul Greengard, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2000. Her PhD work at UNC focused on the role of the immune molecule interferon-gamma in demyelinating diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Her work showed that interferon-gamma induces apoptosis in immature oligodendrocytes and necrosis in mature oligodendrocytes. After her PhD training in glial biology, she then sought training in the biology of neurons. Thus, she then did postdoctoral work at the University of Miami investigating the role of the protein agrin in presynaptic development. Using molecular biology techniques, she narrowed down the region of agrin responsible for inhibiting neurite growth. During this postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. De La Torre authored an NRSA proposal that was funded. She also worked in the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Overall, Dr. De La Torre has a strong background in developing and performing hypothesis-driven research.
Dr. De La Torre has 11 years of experience in medical writing, editing, and consulting. She has written R01 grant proposals, postdoctoral grant proposals, proposals for small businesses, published journal articles, response to reviewers letters, abstracts, white papers, IRB protocols, slide presentations, and documents for non-scientist/lay readers. In addition to neurology, she also writes in the fields of pediatrics, oncology, immunology, and others. Basic research specialty areas include neuroscience, behavior, cell and molecular biology, cell culture, animal studies, and many others. Dr. De La Torre has long-standing, extensive experience in multiple sclerosis and metastatic breast cancer. She has substantial experience assisting both native and non-native English speakers with their writing projects. She strongly believes in the importance of providing clear, concise messaging for the right audience and is able to write for both professional and lay audiences.
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