Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996
    M.S. Biology, Universidad de Granada

  • 2000
    Doctor in Sciences, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid

  • 2000 – 2004
    Postdoctoral Research, Columbia University

  • 2005 – 2007
    Ramón y Cajal position, Instituto de Neurociencias

  • Since 2007
    CSIC-Staff Scientist, Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante (CSIC-UMH)

Selected publications

  • Herrera E, Samper E, Martin-Caballero JM, Flores JM, Lee HW, Blasco MA (1999). Disease states associated with telomerase deficiency appear earlier in mice with short telomeres. EMBO J 18(11): 2950-60.

  • Herrera E, Martínez-A C, Blasco MA (2000). Impaired germinal center reaction in mice with short telomeres. EMBO J 19(3): 472-81.

  • Herrera E, Brown L, Aruga J, Rachel RA, Dolen GC, Mikoshiba K, Brown S, Mason CA (2003). The transcription factor Zic2 designates the uncrossed retinal ganglion cell axon projection. Cell 114, 545-557. Cover caption. Highlighted by Nature, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, Neuron, CONB and Faculty of 1000 (score 10.5).

  • Williams SW, Mason CA, Herrera E (2004). The optic chiasm as a midline point choice. Current Opinion in Neurosciences 14:1:51-60.

  • Herrera E, Marcus R, Li S, Lai E, Mason CA (2004). The transcription factor FoxD1 is required for the proper establishment of the optic chiasm. Development 131:5727-5739.

  • Erskine L and Herrera E (2007). The retinal ganglion cell axon´s journey: Insights into molecular mechanisms of axon guidance. Developmental Biology 308:(1) 1-14. Invited review.

  • García-Frigola C, Carreres MI, Vegar C and Herrera E (2007). Gene delivery in retinal ganglion cells by in utero electroporation. BMC Developmental Biology. 2007, 7:103

  • García-Frigola C, Carreres MA, Vegar C, Mason CA and Herrera E (2008). Zic2 promotes axonal divergence at the optic chiasm midline by EphB1-dependent and ?independent mechanisms. Development 135: 1833-1841.

  • García-Frigola C and Herrera E (2010). Zic2 regulates the expression of SERT to modulate eye-specific refinement at the visual targets, EMBO J 15; 29(18): 3037-8. Comment in the same issue.

  • Carreres MI, Escalante A, Murillo B, Chauvin G, Gaspar P, Vegar C and Herrera E (2011). The transcription factor Foxd1 is required for the specification of the temporal retina in mammals. Journal of Neuroscience 31(15): 5673-81. Cover caption.

  • Martín- Rivera L*, Herrera E*, Albar JP, & Blasco MA (1998). Expression of mouse telomerase catalytic subunit in embryos and adult tissues. *Co-author. PNAS 95:10471-10476.

  • Herrera E, Samper E, & Blasco MA (1999). Telomere shortening in mTR-/- embryos is associated with failure to close the neural tube. EMBO J 18(5): 1172-81.


Selected projects

  • Wiring up visual circuits: Interplay between gene expression and spontaneous and experience-dependent activity. European Research Council Starting Grants, 2012 – 2016

  • Mechanisms involved in the formation of bilateral circuits in mammals. National Grant, 2011-2013

  • Molecular mechanisms that determine axonal laterality in the mammalian nervous system. Regional complement to the National Grant, 2009

  • Molecular mechanisms that determine axonal laterality in the mammalian nervous system. National Grant, 2007-2010

  • Identification of Zic2 interacting molecules during mouse development. CSIC Grant, 2007-2008

  • Molecular basis of binocular vision. National Grant, 2005

  • Mechanisms underlying neuronal specification and axon trajectory in the developing nervous system, Human Frontiers Science Program, 2004-2007

  • Molecular basis of binocular vision. Regional Complement to the National Grant, 2004-2007

  • Molecular etiology and therapy of the Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome. Prometeo Grant. Regional Government, 2012-2016. Collaborative project: PI Angel Barco.

  • Mechanisms of development and plasticity in the Nervous System. Consolider-Ingenio. National Grant, 2007-2013. Collaborative project: PI Juan Lerma

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Regular copy editor

  • Development

  • Journal of Neurochemistry

  • Journal of Comparative Neurobiology

  • European Journal of Neuroscience

  • Developmental Biology

  • Experimental Eye Research

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