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Anne-Catherine Wéra


Marie Curie Experienced Researcher

Biography

Biography

I graduated in Physics from the University of Namur (Belgium) in June 2005 and subsequently joined the Laboratory of Analysis by Nuclear Reaction (LARN) for my PhD.

For my doctoral research, I have developed a broad beam in-vitro irradiation station in order to study the response of A549 lung cancer cells. The irradiation station developed can be used to perform radiobiological experiments in the field of cancer radiotherapy, space radiobiology or radioprotection. During my PhD, I have spent half of my time providing practise and laboratory session (general physics, radiation and matter interaction) for the Physics Department of the University of Namur.

In February 2012, I joined the Ion Beam Centre as a Marie Curie experienced researcher for the SPRITE project on the use of ion beams in new and emerging field for bio-medicine. More particularly, I am using the Wolfson Vertical Nanobeam (VNB) to target living cells and irradiate them with a precise number of ions to study the cellular response. I am also studying brain tumours cell response to X-rays and Temozolomide in combination with Olaparib, a poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor.