Short CV/Education and training

  • 1976 – 1981
    Undergraduate Studies in Biology, Universidad Complutense Madrid, Spain

  • 1982 – 1983
    Diploma thesis, Medical school, Department of Biochemistry, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

  • 1983 – 1989
    PhD student, Medical school, Department of Biochemistry, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain

  • 1987 – 1989
    Teaching assistant (Profesor ayudante LRU), Medical school, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid, Spain

  • 1989 – 1992
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Cambridge and Wellcome/CRC Institute, Cambridge, UK

  • 1992 – 1996
    Postdoctoral fellow- EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

  • 1996 – 2001
    Staff Scientist, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

  • 2001 – 2005
    Team Leader, EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany

Selected publications

  • Vernos I., Raats J., Hirano T., Heasman J., Karsenti E. and C.Wylie (1995) Xklp1, a chromosomal Xenopus kinesin-like protein essential for spindle organization and chromosome positioning. Cell, 81: 117–127.

  • Boleti H., Karsenti E and I.Vernos (1996) Xklp2, a new Xenopus centrosomal kinesin-like protein required for centrosome separation during mitosis. Cell, 84: 49–59.

  • Antonio, C., Ferby, I., Wilhelm, H., Jones, M., Karsenti, E., Nebreda, A. R., and Vernos, I. (2000). Xkid, a chromokinesin required for chromosome alignment on the metaphase plate. Cell 102, 425–35.

  • Gruss, O.J., Carazo-Salas, R.E., Schatz, C.A., Guarguaglini, G. , Kast, J., Wilm, M., Le Bot, N., Vernos, I., Karsenti, E. and Mattaj, I.W. (2001) Ran Induces Spindle Assembly by Reversing the Inhibitory Effect of Importin on TPX2 Activity. Cell, 104, 83–93.

  • Karsenti, E. and Vernos, I. (2001) The mitotic spindle: a self-made machine. Science 294, 543–7.

  • Gruss, O. J., Wittmann, M., Yokoyama, H., Pepperkok, R., Kufer, T., Sillje, H., Karsenti, E., Mattaj, I. W.and Vernos, I. (2002) Chromosome-induced microtubule assembly mediated by TPX2 is required for spindle formation in HeLa cells. Nat Cell Biol 4, 871–879.

  • Bayliss R, Sardon T, Vernos I, Conti E. (2003) Structural basis of Aurora-A activation by TPX2 at the mitotic spindle. Mol Cell. 12, 851–62.

  • Bringmann H., Skiniotis G., Spilker A., Kandels-Lewis S., Vernos I. and T. Surrey (2004). A kinesin-like motor inhibits microtubule dynamic instability. Science 303:1519–22.

  • Meunier S, Vernos I. (2011). K-fibre minus ends are stabilized by a RanGTP-dependent mechanism essential for functional spindle assembly.Nat Cell Biol. 2011 Nov 13. 13(12):1406–14.

  • Pinyol R., Scroffani J. and Vernos I. (2013). The role of NEDD1 phosphorylation by Aurora A in chromosomal microtubule nucleation and spindle function. Curr Biol 23(2):143–9.


Selected projects

  • Coordinator of the Research and Training European Network: Cellular functions of kinesin-like proteins and their role in human diseases. Kinesin and diseases (RTN1-1999-00107), 2000 – 2004

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • EMBO, European Molecular Biology Organization

  • ASCB, American Society for Cell Biology

Media coverage

  • Isabelle Vernos: motoring around the mitotic spindle. J Cell Biol. 2010 Mar 8;188(5):616-7. doi: 10.1083/jcb.1885pi.

  • "Les dificultats de la dona en la ciència. Isabelle Vernos, investigadora ICREA del Centre de Regulació Genòmica" (Isabelle Vernos / 3/24 – TV3)

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