Laura Quintana Rio

Lab Technician Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BS Chemistry, URV Tarragona, Spain

Laura Quintana Rio studied Chemistry at the University of Tarragona (URV), in Spain. During her studies, and after graduating in 2002, she worked as a research assistant on various research topics, from oxidative stress in degenerative diseases in Spain and Germany, behavioral studies in anxiety disorders in Switzerland, to structural biology and crystallography back in Spain. 

In 2007 Quintana Rio joined the Systems Biology of Development lab at the CRG in Barcelona (Spain), where she discovered her passion for Advanced Microscopy and Developmental Biology. She participated and co-authored studies on patterning and morphogenesis in the developing mouse limb and established protocols for 3D imaging of mouse embryos. After several fruitful collaborations as a specialist in imaging and image analysis, in 2012, Laura moved to Weill-Cornell Medical College in NYC, where she continued her work implementing microscopy techniques for the study of chondrogenesis during development in Cleft Lip and Palate mouse models. In 2014, Laura joined the Motor Neuron Development and Circuitry lab at Columbia University, where she learned to work with a new system, Drosophila melanogaster, in a new field of study, neural development. Her work in the study of lineage generation strategies for motor neurons and glia in the fly leg was published in the journal Neuron in 2018. In January 2019, Laura joined the Desplan lab at the CGSB-NYUAD, thrilled at the opportunity to continue to work on neuronal development in the fruit fly.

Currently, at the CGSB, Laura is working on the characterization of neuronal diversity in the Drosophila optic lobe using a combination of single-cell RNAseq cluster analysis and the generation of MCFO clones for identified markers