After high school Lina obtained her first lab work experience in Mexico at the Research centre ECOSUR in San Cristóbal de las Casas. She then decided to study Applied Biology at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg (Germany) and Molecular Biology at the University of Dundee (UK) where she obtained a double degree with Honours. Lina performed her PhD studies at the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit in Dundee under the supervision of Gopal Sapkota. Her dissertation focused on how deubiquitylating enzymes regulate the TGF-beta and BMP signaling pathways. Lina is now an EMBO fellow in the lab of Ivan Dikic in Frankfurt (Germany), where she will investigate the role of ubiquitylation on tumor-stroma crosstalk.