Dr Isabela Aparicio

Research Manager


I’m from Brazil where I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Genetics by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, working on infectious diseases. I was then selected (first place) for the Postgraduate course of the Instituto Carlos Chagas Filho, where I obtained a MSc in Biophysics.

After working as a Qualified Patent Attorney and Lecturer in Human Physiology, I moved to Ireland where I obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from the University College Dublin, with a project focussed on the development of new therapeutic drugs against malaria.

Following my PhD, I worked as a Postdoctoral fellow in UCD continuing the same project, before I moved to RCSI to work on the RNA metabolism in Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

In 2014 I started my current position as Research Manager.

Research Focus:

I am responsible for the project management of the PurinesDX programme, coordinated by Dr Tobias Engel.

My main responsibilities involve organisation and management of all training and research activities of the programme, as well as monitoring and maintaining the online outreach channels (website, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)


Aparicio, IM & Prehn, J. (2012) Molecular mechanisms in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: the role of angiogenin, a secreted RNaseFrontiers in Neurogenomics. 6:167. Link to paper here.

Skorupa A, King MA, Aparicio IM, et al. (2012) Motoneurons Secrete Angiogenin to Induce RNA Cleavage in Astroglia Neurosci. J. 32: 5024. Link to paper here.

Storm J, Perner J, Aparicio IM, et al. (2011) Plasmodium falciparum glutamate dehydrogenase a is dispensable and not a drug target during erythrocytic developmentMalaria J. 10: 193. Link to paper here.

Aparicio IM, al. (2010) Susceptibility of Plasmodium falciparum to glutamate dehydrogenase inhibitors—A possible new antimalarial targetMol. Biochem. Parasitol. 172: 152-155. Link to paper here.

Aparicio IM et al. (2004) A New Cruzipain-Mediated Pathway of Human Cell Invasion by Trypanosoma cruzi Requires Trypomastigote MembranesInfec Immun 72 (10): 5892-5902. Link to paper here.


Access Science 2009, University College Dublin – 3rd best oral presentation prize

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Health Travel Award 2007