Short CV/Education and training

  • 1989
    BSc in Biochem. Mol.Biol at Autónoma University, Madrid, Spain

  • 1989 – 1992
    Graduate Fellow, Center of Molecular Biology, Madrid, Spain; supervisor Dr. Margarita Salas

  • 1992 – 1993
    Postoctoral Fellow, Center of Molecular Biology, Madrid, Spain; supervisor Dr. Margarita Salas

  • 1993
    PhD in Biochem. Mol.Biol at Autónoma University, Madrid, Spain

  • 1993 – 1996
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA; supervisor Dr. Carol. W. Greider

  • 1997 – 2003
    Staff Investigator, National Center of Biotechnology, Madrid, Spain

  • 2003
    Head, Telomeres and Telomerase Group (CNIO)

  • 2003 – 2011
    Director, Molecular Oncology Program (CNIO)

  • 2005 – 2011
    Vice-Director of Basic Research (CNIO)

Selected publications

  • File with selected publications uploaded.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • International Projects

  • „From Telomere Chromatin to Stem Cell Biology (TEL STEM CELL)” (Funding Agency: European Research Council Advanced Grant, Ref: GA#232854, Amount: 2.000.000€), 2009 – 2014

  • „Identifying biomarkers of ageing using whole transcriptome sequencing (EuroBATS)” (Funding Agency: FP7-HEALTH-2010-259749, Amount: 487.235€), 2010 – 2013

  • „Körber European Science Award 2008. Mammalian telomeres and telomerase: from chromatin structure to stem cell biology” (Funding Agency: Körber Foundation, Amount: 675.000€), 2009 – 2011

  • „European study to establish biomarkers of human health (MARKAGE)” (Funding Agency: European Union, Ref: FP7-HEALTH-2007-A-20088, PI: Maria Blasco, Amount: 498.000€), 2008 – 2013

  • „Identification and characterization of novel human telomere-related biomarkers that aid cancer management by improving patient diagnosis, treatment selection, response monitoring, and drug development (TELOMARKER)” (Funding Agency: European Union, Ref: Health-F2-2007-200950, Amount: 313.400€), 2008 – 2011

  • „Genomic instability in cancer and precancer (GENICA)” (Funding Agency: European Union, Ref: FP7-HEALTH-2007-A-201630, Amount: 243.000€), 2008 – 2010

  • „Role of recombination proteins in telomere maintenance “ (Funding Agency: Bristish Royal Society, Ref: Royal Society 2006/R1-JP, Amount: 11.000 sterling pounds), 2006 – 2008

  • „European College of Biotechnology (LINKAGE)” (Funding Agency: European Union, Ref: LSHM-CT-2005-513866, Amount: 26.160€), 2005 – 2009

  • „Developing Molecular Medicines for Cancer in the Post-Genome Era (MOL CANCER MED)” (Funding Agency: European Union, Ref: LSHC-CT-2004-502943, Amount: 239.250€), 2004 – 2008.

  • „ZINCAGE” (Funding Agency: European Union, Ref: FOOD FP6-506850, Amount: 199.000€), 2004 – 2007

  • „INTACT” (Funding Agency: European Union, Ref: LIFE FP6-506803, Amount: 412.000€), 2004 – 2007

  • „RISC-RAD” (Funding Agency: European Union, Ref: EURATOM FI6R CT 2003-508842, Amount: 305.000€), 2004 – 2007

  • „Mouse models to study the role of telomerase in cancer” (Funding Agency: Josef Steiner Award 2003, Amount: 500.00 Swiss Francs), 2002 – 2003

  • „TELOSENS” (Funding Agency: European Union, Ref: EURATOM FIGH CT 1999-00002, Amount: 150.000€), 2002 – 2005

  • „Telomerase and Cancer” (Funding Agency: Swiss Bridge Award 2000, Amount: 275.000 Swiss Francs), 2002 – 2003

  • “TACIT” (Funding Agency: European Union, Ref: BIOMED QLG1 1999-01341, Amount: 165.000€), 1999 – 2002

  • “Identification and isolation of susceptibility genes involved in radiation-induced cancer in humans (SUS GENES IN RAD CAR)” (Funding Agency: European Union, Ref: EURATOM FIGH CT 1999-00002, Amount: 100.000€), 1999 – 2002

  • “Telomere instability and the formation and transmision of radiation induced DNA damage” (Funding Agency: European Union, Ref: EURATOM FIGH CT 1999-00009, Amount: 122.000€), 1999 – 2002

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Advisory Boards, Scientific Committees, Elected Memberships

  • Member of the Governing body of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences, 2010

  • Experts Board of the Agenda Ciudadana Ciencia e Innovación, 2010

  • Scientific Advisory Board of Fundación Príncipes de Girona, 2010

  • Scientific Advisory Board of Spanish Research Council (CSIC), Spain, 2009

  • Scientific Committee of Fundación Vencer al Cáncer, 2008

  • Research Advisory Board of Methuselah Foundation, UK, 2008

  • Scientific Committee of the Champalimaud Foundation, Portugal, 2008

  • Member of the EMBO Council, 2008

  • Scientific Advisory Board of Fundació Institut Recerca de l´Hospital Universitari Vall d´Hebron (FIR-HUVH), Spain, 2007

  • Elected Member of the Academia Europaea, 2006

  • Elected Member of Forum of Global Young Leaders, 2006

  • Scientific Advisory Board of Fundación Genoma España, Spain, 2006

  • Elected EMBO Member, 2000

Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board of Aging & Disease, 2010

  • Senior Editor Cancer Research, 2009

  • Editorial Board of Stem Cell Reviews and Reports, 2009

  • Editorial Advisory Panel of Epigenomics, 2009

  • Founding Editor of Aging, 2008

  • The Editorial Academy of The International Journal of Oncology, 2008

  • Editorial Board of Aging Cell, 2008

  • Member Faculty 1000 (section: “Stem Cells & Regeneration”), 2006

  • Monitoring Editor of Journal of Cell Biology, 2006

  • Editorial Board of BMC Cancer, 2005

  • Highlights Advisory Panel Nature Reviews Cancer, 2004

  • Editorial Board of Carcinogenesis, 2004

  • Editorial Board of European Journal of Cell Biology, 2004

  • Editor of the European Life Scientist´s Organization Gazette (ELSO), 2000

  • Associated Editor of Journal of Biomedicine & Biotechnology, 1999

Additional qualifications

  • Vice-Director of Basic Research (CNIO), 2005 – 2011

  • Director, Molecular Oncology Program (CNIO), 2003 – 2011

  • Head, Telomeres and Telomerase Group (CNIO), 2003

  • Staff Investigator, National Center of Biotechnology, Madrid, Spain, 1997 – 2003

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York, USA; supervisor Dr. Carol. W. Greider, 1993 – 1996

  • Postoctoral Fellow, Center of Molecular Biology, Madrid, Spain; supervisor Dr. Margarita Salas, 1992 – 1993

  • Graduate Fellow, Center of Molecular Biology, Madrid, Spain; supervisor Dr. Margarita Salas, 1989 – 1992


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