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Three researchers joined the University with Marie Curie fellowships

The fellows will develop their projects at the School of Architecture, the School of Sciences and the Cima

PhotoManuelCastells/Researchers who have joined the university with a scholarship Marie Curie. From left to right, Zahir Mohd, Sara Levay and Irene Gañán-Gómez.

15 | 05 | 2023

Three researchers have received Marie Curie grants from the European Commission to develop projects at the University of Navarra. This year they have joined the campus ZahirMohd, who will develop his work of research in the School of ArchitectureSara Levay, in the School of Sciences; and Irene Gañán-Gómez, who will carry out her study in the Cima

Through the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships (MSCA), the European Commission aims to contribute to the development of research by promoting the degree program professional development of talented researchers. These grants are among the most competitive and prestigious grants awarded by this European organization. MSCA grants promote excellence and set standards for the Education and training of high quality researchers in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

Hailing from department Engineering Chemistry and Environmental Engineering from School Engineering at Universiti Putra in Malaysia, researcher ZahirMohd Tohir holds a PhD in Fire Engineering (2015) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and graduate in Engineering Chemistry (2009) from the University of Manchester in the UK. 

The candidate will conduct a research entitled EVRISK to address electric vehicle (EV) fire hazards in new and existing covered parking garages. EV fire incidents can occur anywhere and from a variety of factors (batteries, charging process failure, etc.) but the current need for research is focused on covered parking lots due to their comparatively higher risk than in open spaces. 

Irene Gañán-Gómez has a degree in Pharmacy and a PhD cum laude in Cell Signaling from the University of Alcalá de Henares. She is currently a researcher at the department of Leukemia at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, USA. The project that she carries out at Cima consists of studying the mechanisms that contribute to the development of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in order to determine possible markers of transformation and even therapies to prevent this evolution. MDS is one of the most common hematological malignancies, recognized as a disease of the elderly, and its incidence increases significantly after the age of 50. 

It is an incurable disease today and patients have a very deadline long leave survival (1.2 years). Therefore, it is explained in project, there is a pressing need for development new therapeutic approaches that arrest the pathogenesis of the disease before the results are bleak and that are applicable in a broad spectrum of patients. 

Sara Levay has a BSc and PhD in Physics from the University of Technology and Economics in Budapest (Hungary). She has joined the University's Science School after developing part of her research at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics in Budapest (Hungary) and at the LaMCoS, laboratory of Contact Mechanics and Structures of Insa Lyon, in France. 

In her project she will investigate the behavior of the so-called "activesubject ", which are sets of particles that move by themselves and that, when interacting with each other, give rise to collective phenomena such as jams, segregation or training of vortices. Specifically, Sara will work with macroscopic photoactive particles, that is, particles that propel themselves by consuming photoelectric energy. This property allows them to be spatially controlled and directed with an intelligent lighting system.