Nationality American
Year of selection2010
InstitutionInstitut Curie et Université Paris Sud
RiskLife risks

Type of support


Granted amount

120 000 €


3 years

Seeking Protection Against Deadly Toxins

Terrorists are more likely to obtain and use a biological weapon than a nuclear one, according to U.S Congress. Toxins such as ricin, or Shiga-like toxins produced by certain strains of E. coli, can be deadly and no antidotes for these dangerous toxins themselves have yet been found. Instead, Garcia Castillo is working to identify molecules able to protect our cells from their attack. Her work could lead to a cure for these constant threats in bioterrorism and infectious disease.

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