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ESR 13 - Ana Madalina Ion

Characterization of the quality control mechanisms that operate in human mitochondrial protein synthesis


"Of all the rights of the world/A single one I do not yield/It is my core strategy/And it is my sole belief/I believe in the power of question/Even if I do not find its answer"
- Adrian Paunescu "The right to ask questions"


I did my undergraduate degree in biochemistry, at the faculty of Biology in Bucharest. During this period, I developed an interest for cell biology and metabolism. For my master studies I moved to the Netherlands, at Radboud University in Nijmegen, where I performed a research masters degree in the Molecular Mechanisms of Disease. I became passionate about mitochondria thanks to the inspiring teachers and classes that I had the chance to encounter. During the time when I was a Radboud student, I received an Erasmus scholarship with the University of Bordeaux where I was hosted by Laboratoire Maladies Rares, Génétique et Métabolisme, and studied the degradation of mitochondrial proteins by the ubiquitin-proteasome system.


Becoming a REMIX ITN fellow is therefore the best door that could open for my scientific career. My research is exciting and challenging. My work focuses on a particular aspect from mitochondrial gene expression: the translation release factors that operate in human mitochondrial protein synthesis. I am happy to live in an international environment here in Newcastle and to be part of a multidisciplinary team. I will do the best of the next three years..


Ana Madalina Ion

Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research Newcastle University

4th Floor Cookson Building
Medical School, Framlington Place
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HH

Telefon +44-0191-208-8462
E-Mail ana.ion(at)