Alumni & Community News

17 Sep 2020

María Isabel Hernández-Alvarez, IRB Barcelona scientist and Ramón y Cajal researcher at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biomedicine of the Faculty of Biology of the University of Barcelona (UB), has received the Catalan Society of Biology (SCB) award to a 2020 scientific article. This award honors the authors of a scientific publication from 2019 indexed by the Thomson Reuters Web of Science, which has contributed significantly to the advance of science in biology.


<p>Travis Stracker, IRB Barcelona alumni.</p>
5 Aug 2020

Travis Stracker (Ohio, 1974) joined IRB Barcelona in 2009 as a Junior Group Leader to set up a laboratory devoted to Genomic Instability and Cancer to address the way in which cells respond to DNA damage. Travis has been performing research in the field of cancer genetics since obtaining his PhD from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies at the University of California in 2002. Before setting his laboratory at IRB Barcelona, he had been a Research Associate in John Petrini’s laboratory at the Sloan Kettering Institute (New York), where he worked for six years.

Now, after 11 years...

<p>Gonzalo Fernández-Miranda, IRB Barcelona alumni.</p>
9 Jul 2020

Gonzalo Fernández-Miranda is a Molecular Biologist specialised in oncology research and mouse models of cancer who is passionate about medical innovation and entrepreneurship in the biotech sector. In 2012, he joined IRB Barcelona’s Translational Control of Cell Cycle and Differentiation Laboratory, led by Raúl Méndez, as a Research Associate.

Gonzalo now wishes to support the development of therapeutic programmes, boost innovation in the healthcare sector and acquire a financial understanding and strategic vision of biotech companies. In 2017, he was awarded a...

<p>Marina Salvadores, PhD student at IRB Barcelona and first author of the study published in Science Advances.</p>
3 Jul 2020

Marina Salvadores, a PhD student in the Genome Data Science Laboratory at IRB Barcelona, ​​is the first author of a study published recently in the journal Science Advances. The work reveals that around 81% of the cell lines used to study cancer show a high degree of similarity with the tumour of origin. This finding implies that the remaining 18% differ considerably from the tumour that they supposedly represent, 7% matching a different cancer type. The group has also drawn up a list of 366 “validated” cell lines that reliably represent...

<p>Tiago Botelho in a picture for the equality global campaign held on 8 March 2020.</p>
26 Jun 2020

Tiago Botelho (Lisboa, 1979) joined IRB Barcelona in 2013 as Industry Liaison Officer, a position responsible for liaising with companies.

He also collaborates with the IRB Barcelona Equality and Diversity Committee and is involved in the European project CALIPER, which started in January 2020. Tiago loves music and enjoys travelling and discovering new places (on land and underwater). He is also an amateur snowboarder.

In September 2019, Tiago became president of PRISMA, an association for affective-sexual and gender...

<p>Oriol Pich, PhD student at IRB Barcelona.</p>
25 Jun 2020

Oriol Pich is a PhD student in IRB Barcelona’s Biomedical Genomics Laboratory, led by Núria López-Bigas. After being awarded a degree in Medicine (Bachelor in Surgery - MBBS) from the University of Barcelona in 2016 and a Bachelor of Business Administration by the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) in 2017, he decided to pursue a PhD in Computational Biology at IRB Barcelona. He thinks that big data in biology will have an impact on patients’ welfare and feels that he could help to bridge the two fields. 

His main topic of interest is cancer genomics, whereby using next-generation...

<p>Mohamed Abdelsalam with some of his painting arts in front of Montjuïc, Plaza de Espanya (Barcelona, Spain). Photo credit: Alejandro Silva Corbalán, Photographer and video creator (Instagram: @alejandrosilvacorbalan).</p>
18 Jun 2020

Mohamed Abdelsalam (Egypt) is a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow who moved to Barcelona in 2019 to join Jordi Casanova’s Development and Morphogenesis in Drosophila Laboratory at IRB Barcelona. Since 2013, he has been an Assistant Lecturer and a Lecturer of Pharmacognosy (the branch of pharmacy that studies plants or other natural sources as a possible source of drugs) at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Delta University for Science and Technology (Mansoura, Egypt). In 2018, he got  a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of São Paulo (Brazil) in a Joint Collaboration with the...

3 Jun 2020

It has been almost three months without being able to have those we love close to us; without being able to feel the hugs that we needed so much and that we so needed to give. Which hugs have you missed the most? If, during these months, they had asked you "Who do you want to always have by your side?", who would you have thought about? 

In the IRB Barcelona community, we have some great stories to tell, like those of the people who are supporting our #MetastasisChallenge and allowing us to move forward together in the fight against cancer and metastasis. That is why today we are giving  faces and...

<p>Clara Morral, Postdoctoral Fellow at IRB Barcelona</p>
14 May 2020

Clara Morral is the first author of an article recently published in the scientific journal Cell Stem Cell.

The study identifies that protein synthesis is a key property for the regenerative potential of colon cancer cells.

<p>Kick-off meeting of the CALIPER consortium held in Thessaloniki (Greece) in January 2020.</p>
6 May 2020

Committed to fostering gender equality policies, IRB Barcelona participates in the EU-funded CALIPER to implement a Gender Equality Plan and thus fulfil gender mainstreaming as a strategy of organisational development.

In order to prevent gender discrimination in scientific institutions, CALIPER aims to promote a universal methodology that provides permanent support for gender equality.