The first thing I did was to call my mother and my family to tell them the great news.

Maria works on gene therapy to treat cases of liver failure. She was originally denied the opportunity to carry on her research on the topic, but the Marie Curie grant made it possible for her to obtain funding in an elite institution.

The project was of direct relevance in a number of inter-related disciplines, which provided her with the opportunity to develop skills in relation to research management, presentation, and questions on ethics.