It is with shock and great sadness that we announce the untimely death of our friend and colleague, Dr Mònica Arman, on Friday 8th December, after a very short illness.
Originally from Barcelona (Spain), Mònica studied biology at the University of Barcelona, graduating in 1998, and stayed to complete her PhD in Molecular Biology on the transcriptional regulation of the lymphocyte proteins CD5 and CD6 in Prof. Francisco Lozano’s lab. In 2005 she moved to Edinburgh as a postdoctoral research fellow to investigate the molecular mechanisms of platelet-mediated clumping of P. falciparum-infected erythrocytes in Prof. Alexandra Rowe’s lab. This was followed by a postdoctoral researcher position in Prof. Steve Watson’s lab in 2011, where she studied the signalling events underlying bacterial-mediated platelet activation. In 2015 Mònica joined the platelet research group at the Hull York Medical School as a Lecturer in Biomedical Science and established her own successful lab (she had recently been awarded a BHF funded studentship), where she continued research on the effects of bacteria on platelet function. Mònica was a co-organiser of the Platelet Society Conference that was held in Hull in April this year. She also contributed to teaching; she was a block leader for several MB BS blocks and contributed to the Masters in Pharmacology and Drug Development.
Mónica was involved in many aspects of the collegiate life and work of the Medical School, and was an avid contributor to the wider UK platelet research community. She will be very sorely missed by her colleagues.
Francisco Rivero, on behalf of the Hull Platelet Group