Laura Garcia Ibanez

Well deserved Carmen!

Favourite Thing: See how all the pieces of the immune system work together to defend us



Technical University of Valencia (2008-2012), Autonomic University of Madrid (2012-2013)


BSci Biotechnology, MSci Molecular Biomedicine

Work History:

National Centre for Biotechnology, Madrid

Current Job:

PhD student


University of Birmingham

Me and my work

During my PhD, I study how B lymphocytes mature and differenciate into plasma cells and memory B cells, in order to improve vaccines

My Typical Day

Lots of counting under the microscope

What I'd do with the money

I’d use it to go to schools as a STEM ambassador

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Cheerful, determined and creative

Who is your favourite singer or band?


What's your favourite food?

To honour my country, Spanish tapas

What is the most fun thing you've done?

Dancing on a boat over the Caribbean sea

What did you want to be after you left school?

Explorer, just like Indiana Jones

Were you ever in trouble at school?

No, not really

What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Helping to cure skin cancer

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

Biology teacher of last year of High School

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

War journalist

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

To read people minds, to have enough time and money to travel all over the world

Tell us a joke.

Q: Why does Ms. Mushroom go out with Mr. Mushroom? A: Because he is a fungi (fun guy)!

Other stuff

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