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M. Milán: “To study how cells communicate with each other, perhaps the best model organism is the fruit fly”




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The “Meet Our Scientists” video entitled “Our relative the fly” presents the research performed by Marco Millán on the fruit fly.

He studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of tissue growth during normal development, its proper functioning and the formation of a tumour.

Marco Milán (Madrid, 1968), ICREA research professor, leads the Development and Growth Control Laboratory at IRB Barcelona. In the video, he talks about the study of human diseases, such as diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases, in Drosophila melanogaster—the fruit fly.  

As he explains, his research aims to understand how the genes that are involved in the regulation of normal growth are also those responsible for generating a tumor. In particular, the Development and Growth Control Laboratory is very interested in understanding the link between diabetes, nutritional deficiency, and cancer. 

Meet Our Scientists” comprises a series of 3-minute videos that present several of IRB Barcelona's leading scientists. The videos seek to show the insight, passion, character and talent of the researchers that work at the centre. 

Watch the video “Our relative the fly” (Subtitles available in Spanish, Catalan and English).


A new video will be available on YouTube and via the IRB Barcelona’s website soon.

About IRB Barcelona

The Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) pursues a society free of disease. To this end, it conducts multidisciplinary research of excellence to cure cancer and other diseases linked to ageing. It establishes technology transfer agreements with the pharmaceutical industry and major hospitals to bring research results closer to society, and organises a range of science outreach activities to engage the public in an open dialogue. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 researchers and more than 30 nationalities. Recognised as a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence since 2011, IRB Barcelona is a CERCA centre and member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).