Short CV/Education and training

  • 1997
    1st Class Honours in Biochemistry, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, UAB, Spain

  • 1997-2001 Oxford University, UK. DPhil in Genetics in Prof. Kay Davies's lab

  • 2001-2004 Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and Linkoping University, Sweden. Postdoc in Prof. Stefan Thor's lab

  • 2005-2008 MRC NIMR, London, UK. Postdoc in Dr. Alex Gould's lab

  • 2008-2012 Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK; Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellow

  • 2012-present MRC Clinical Sciences Centre – Imperial College London

Selected publications

  • Hudry, B., Khadayate, S., Miguel-Aliaga, I. (2016) The sexual identity of adult intestinal stem cells controls organ size and plasticity. Nature 530:344-8.

    Highlighted by Cell Stem Cell Preview, Curr Biol Dispatch and Nature News and Views.

  • Reiff, T., Jacobson, J., Cognigni, P., Antonello, Z.A., Ballesta, E., Tan, K.J., Yew, J.Y., Dominguez, M., Miguel-Aliaga, I. (2015) Endocrine remodelling of the adult intestine sustains reproduction in Drosophila. Elife 4:e06930.

    Recommended in F1000 and highlighted by Elife Insight and Curr Biol Dispatch.

  • Linneweber, G.A., Jacobson, J., Busch, K.E., Hudry, B., Christov, C.P., Dormann, D., Yuan, M., Otani, T., Knust, E., de Bono, M., Miguel-Aliaga, I. (2014) Neuronal control of metabolism through nutrient-dependent modulation of tracheal branching. Cell 156(1-2):69.

    Recommended in F1000 and highlighted in EMBO J.

  • Talsma, A., Christov, C.P., Terriente-Felix, A., Linneweber, G., Shafer, O.T., Miguel-Aliaga, I. (2012) Remote control of renal function by an intestinal neuropeptide. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109(30):12177.

  • Cognigni, P., Bailey, A.P., Miguel-Aliaga, I. (2011) Enteric neurons and systemic signals couple nutritional and reproductive Status with intestinal homeostasis. Cell Metab 13(1): 92.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Sex differences in the intestine

    Functions of enteric neurons

    Organ plasticity

    Neurovascular interactions

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Scientific Advisory Board for the Institute of Functional Genomics of Lyon (IGFL), France

  • BBSRC Pool of Experts (occasional committee member)

  • Wellcome Trust Pool of Prospective Committee Members

  • CSC Institute Planning and Operations Group

  • Deputy Chair of the Athena Swan Opportunities Committee

  • Academic advisor to the CSC Bioinformatics Facility

  • Ad-hoc reviewer for ERC, Wellcome Trust, MRC , BBSRC, Leverhulme Trust, NC3Rs, ANR (France), ANEP (Spain), ISF (Israel), Research Foundation Flanders – FWO (Belgium) and the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (University of Michigan)

  • Ad-hoc reviewer for Science, Nature, Elife, Cell Metab, Nat Genet, Genes Dev, Nat Methods, PLoS Biol, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, EMBO J, Curr Biol, PLoS Genetics, Aging Cell, Trends Endoc Metab, Development, Cell Rep, J Insect Physiol, J Exp Biol, Cell Res, BMC Genomics, PLoS One

  • Guest Editor for PLoS Genetics

  • Scientific reviewer and committee member for “Ramon y Cajal” awards 2010 (Spanish government returning fellowships for independent researchers)

  • Interviewer for EMBO Long-Term Fellowships

  • Member of the Biochemical Society, Genetics Society, British Society for Developmental Biology, British Society for Cell Biology and Physiological Society

Media coverage

  • “Brainy Tongue" workshop, featuring world-renowned chefs and neurobiologists (, 2016

  • BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service interview (, 2016

  • Media coverage of Hudry et al. in The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, Medical News Today, i (the paper for today), Press and Journal (Scotland), Medical Xpress, Yahoo! News,, Irish Examiner, The Conversation, 2016

  • Media coverage of Reiff et al. in New Scientist, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mirror, Evening Standard, Metro, CBS News, Irish Independent, SBS and 9 News (amongst others), 2015

  • BBC audio slideshow (, 2011

  • Media coverage of my lab's first paper: CBS News, the New Scientist, Times Higher Education, Le Point, Discover Magazine, Times of India, 2011

  • Contributed images to the University of Cambridge's 800th anniversary light show. One of them was also the exclusive image used for the posters and flyers advertising the event, 2010

  • Interviewed by ITV Anglia (800th anniversary feature), 2010

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Two children


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