Inês Martins, PhD, managing science editor —

Inês holds a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she specialized in blood vessel biology, blood stem cells, and cancer. Before that, she studied cell and molecular biology and worked as a research fellow at multiple institutes. In addition to several college awards, Inês won the Pfizer Basic Research Award in 2012 for a research paper. She also has a graduate degree in data science.

Articles by Inês Martins

Pfizer Acquires Bamboo Therapeutics, Readies Clinical Trial of Gene Therapy for DMD

Bamboo Therapeutics has been fully acquired by Pfizer, considerably expanding that company’s holdings in gene therapy. With the acquisition, Pfizer gains several potential therapeutic agents for rare diseases, including one for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), soon to enter clinical testing; and one Phase 1/2 clinical stage agent, a potential best-in-class recombinant Adeno-Associated Virus (rAAV)…

Defective RNA Processing Linked to Cardiac Problems Seen in Myotonic Dystrophy Patients

Researchers have discovered the molecular mechanisms responsible for the heart dysfunctions that mark myotonic dystrophy, and reported they appear to be linked to a defective processing of the cardiac sodium channel (SCN5A) RNA. Their study, published in Nature Communications, is titled “Splicing misregulation of SCN5A contributes to cardiac-conduction delay and…