Alumni & Community News

3 Dec 2020

Manuel Serrano, Head of the Cell Plasticity and Senescence lab at IRB Barcelona, has been recognised for his important contributions to the field of cell biology.

Each endowed with €150,000, the Leopold Griffuel Awards are given yearly to two researchers whose exceptional work has accelerated the fight against cancer.


25 Nov 2020

The study of cell lineages seeks to clarify how different types of cells are generated and the important implications of this process for the development of an organism, as well as for cancer.

Alejo Rodríguez-Fraticelli joins IRB Barcelona to head the “Quantitative Stem Cell Dynamics” laboratory.

With this new faculty member, the Institute will have 28 laboratories and 8 scientific platforms.

24 Nov 2020

IRB Barcelona is offering up to 20 places to carry out 4-year doctoral studies in its 28 laboratories.

Highly motivated graduates in scientific disciplines with laboratory experience and good academic records are sought.

In addition to scientific training, those selected will be trained in Open Science, entrepreneurship and interpersonal skills, within the framework of the European project ENABLECARES.

<p>Cristina Mayor-Ruiz. (Photo by: Laura Álvarez/CeMM)</p>
6 Nov 2020

Scientist Cristina Mayor-Ruiz joins IRB Barcelona to lead the “Targeted Protein Degradation and Drug Discovery” laboratory.

With this new group, IRB Barcelona now has 27 laboratories and 8 scientific platforms.

Along with the addition of the new laboratory, the Institute is also launching a Drug Screening Unit devoted to drug discovery.

<p>Meritxell Teixidó, Gate2Brain CEO & CSO</p>
20 Oct 2020

In this interview, Meritxell Teixidó tells us about her transition from IRB Barcelona research associate to CEO and CSO of the spin-off Gate2Brain, promoted by IRB Barcelona.

Gate2Brain is set up to exploit the technology developed over the last 15 years in the Peptides and Proteins laboratory at IRB Barcelona, ​​of which Meritxell Teixidó has been a research associate.

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...