The HUPO Early Career Researcher (ECR) Initiative is delighted to welcome Darien Tayba Schell and Seanantha Baros-Steyl.
Darien Tayba Schell is a Ph.D. student at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, supervised by Prof. Jonathan Blackburn. Her research aims to better understand host responses to mycobacterial phosphatases during infection using phosphoproteomic methods. She is skilled in mass spectrometry, microscopy, and R programming. During her BMedSci Hons degree, specializing in structural biology, she became intrigued by mass spectrometry in relation to proteomics. She hopes that her findings contribute to the field of Tuberculosis research and provides a framework for the development of more effective TB treatments in the future. Darien looks forward to contributing to the future growth of the ECR.
Seanantha Baros-Steyl is a Ph.D. student at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, working under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan Blackburn. Her current research focuses on identifying host-pathogen protein-protein interactions within the context of tuberculosis. She employs mass spectrometry-based proteomic and phosphoproteomic pipelines to uncover the mechanisms driving disease progression and identify potential therapeutic targets. She also has a strong interest in leveraging programming languages, particularly Python and R, to enhance mass spectrometry data analysis and visualisation. Seanantha is passionate about diseases of the developing world and strives to use her expertise to contribute to the advancement of drug discovery and development and improve the lives of people affected by these diseases. She is committed to making a positive impact within the HUPO community.