Eva obtained her BSc in Zoology at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and developed a keen interest in imaging techniques. Following this, she completed a MSc in Microscopy and Imaging at NUIG and was given the opportunity to carry out a research project in collaboration with Lucy Collinson and her team at the Electron Microscopy (EM) Science Technology Platform at the Francis Crick Institute, London. During this project she investigated methods to improve the accuracy of automatic segmentation in volume EM datasets, and became fascinated with advanced electron microscopy techniques.
In January 2021 Eva joined the Koster Lab as a Ph.D. student of the Virus Replication group led by Montserrat Bárcena, which frequently collaborates with the Molecular Virology group of Prof. Eric Snijder, LUMC (Department of Medical Microbiology). The purpose of her Ph.D. is to further characterize the molecular pore complexes in double membrane vesicles (DMVs) induced by coronaviruses in order to develop antiviral drug targets (Wolff et al., 2020). This will be accomplished by using in situ cryo-EM, cryo electron tomography and subtomogram averaging in order to further understand the structure and function of the DMV-molecular pore complexes.