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Twitter Takeover with Dr Melania Capasso: Your opportunity to find out more about the life of a researcher

Andy Jackson
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29 Nov 2013

Dr Melania CapassoAs part of Behind the Lab Coat, our week celebrating researchers and the vital role they play in helping us beat blood cancer, we're holding a Twitter takeover with researcher Dr Melania Capasso on Tuesday lunchtime between 12-1pm.

Dr Capasso will be on hand to answer all your questions about her research and what's it like as being a researcher.

Ahead of Tuesday's Q&A on Twitter, we thought it would be useful to give you a bit of background information on Dr Capasso which may help you come up with a question to ask her.

Dr Capasso is a non-clinical lecturer at Barts Cancer Institute in the Cancer & Inflammation Centre who specialises in looking at the characteristic base functions of normal and malignant B cells, with the aim of translating fundamental discoveries of how these cells work into new therapeutic approaches.

She is currently mid-way through a Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Bennet Fellowship to explore the role of the voltage-gated proton channel in B-cell cancers which she hopes will provide a fundamental insight into how cancerous B cells rely on protein channels and subsequently lead to the development of new therapeutic drugs in the future.

Prior to becoming a researcher, Dr Capasso studided Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Naples Federico II University and completed her PhD in naturally occuring oxidants in 2003.

She has also held roles at the University of Nottingham, investigating the role played by suppressive phenotypes induced in CD4+ T cells (a specific type of T cell) and the University of Leicester, where as part of the MRC Toxicology Unit, she characterised the role of the voltage-gated proton channel in B-cell leukaemia that now forms the basis of her current research project.

If you've got a question to ask Melania, log on to Twitter between 12-1 pm on Tuesday and send your question using our Twitter handle @beatingbloodcancer