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Núria López-Bigas: "In biomedical research, we are as good as the next ".

11 Mar 20



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The newspaper El Nacional has published an interview with Nuria López-Bigas, head of the Biomedical Genomics Lab at IRB Barcelona. López-Bigas explains that her lab work comprises computational analysis of the mutations present in tumours. According to this researcher, the most important focus of her work is “determining which of these mutations have led to the development of the tumour.”

Referring to her lab, she says “We work with an enormous number of data and the only way to analyse them is to design computer programmes that can look for the differences between genomes and identify the mutations”.  Thanks to these tools, it has been discovered that a single tumour can carry thousands of mutations. 

Link to: El Nacional 


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Created in 2005 by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia) and University of Barcelona, IRB Barcelona is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, a seal that was awarded in 2011. The institute is devoted to conducting research of excellence in biomedicine and to transferring results to clinical practice, thus improving people’s quality of life, while simultaneously promoting the training of outstanding researchers, technology transfer, and public communication of science. Its 27 laboratories and eight core facilities address basic questions in biology and are orientated to diseases such as cancer, metastasis, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and rare conditions. IRB Barcelona is an international centre that hosts 400 employees and more than 30 nationalities. It is located in the Barcelona Science Park. IRB Barcelona is a CERCA center, and a member of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST).