Vania Braga is currently a Reader in Cell-cell Adhesion Signalling. She graduated in Biology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil and did her post-graduate studies in Biochemistry at the same university. Her post-doctoral training was at Imperial Cancer Research UK (now Cancer Research UK). She started her own lab in 1995 at the MRC-Laboratory for Molecular and Cellular Biology, University College London. In 2001, she was awarded the prestigious MRC Non-Clinical Senior Fellowship and moved to the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. She was later promoted to Senior Lecturer (2005) and Reader (2008). In 2012, she was appointed South Kensington Campus Dean for the Faculty of Medicine and Deputy-head of the Molecular Medicine Section, NHLI. Vania Braga is a Post-graduate tutor for the National Heart and Lung Institute and heavily involved in post-graduate teaching, mentoring and supervision. Outreach activities and support for undergraduate students (national and international) such as mentoring and lab experience are also part of the ethos of the lab.