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Dr Sara Alvira-de-Celis

Dr Sara Alvira-de-Celis

Dr Sara Alvira-de-Celis
PhD(Madrid), MSc(Compostela), BSc(Compostela)

Senior Research Associate

Biomedical Sciences Building,
University Walk, Clifton BS8 1TD
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+44 (0) 117 331 2124


Biochemistry, Structural Biology, Electron microscopy, X-ray crystallography, protein quality control, chaperones, virus, nanomachines


I graduated as a pharmacist from the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela in 2006 followed by an MSc in Biotechnological Engineering (2006-2008). There, I started my research career in the laboratory of Mark van Raaij, in crystallography of viral proteins. In 2008, I moved to the Centro Nacional de Biotecnología in Madrid to complete the doctoral studies in molecular chaperones and transmission electron microscopy at the laboratory of Jose María Valpuesta. After one year of postdoctoral research in the same laboratory, I accepted in 2014 a Research Associate position at the University of Bristol at the laboratory of Ian Collinson working in protein translocation machineries across membranes from a biochemical and structural view. I was awarded in 2015 with the José Tormo Prize from the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for my PhD studies in structural biology and the same year I obtained an EMBO Long Term Fellowship. In the 2017 I was awarded with an Elizabeth Blackwell Fellowship from the University of Bristol. I was the Director of the SRUK South West Constituency from 2017 to 2018 and nowadays I am general Director of the International Collaborations Department of the Society of Spanish Researchers at te UK.


  • Biochemistry
  • Structural biology
  • electron microscopy
  • X-ray crystallography
  • nanomachines
  • protein quality control
  • viruses



School of Biochemistry

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