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“My objective? To generate new knowledge, reach the limits, and fight against uncertainty and frustration”

After eight years, Francisco Barriga is ready for a new stage in his scientific career. He says that IRB Barcelona “shaped” him as a scientist and that he “learnt to ask the right scientific questions.” But he also got involved in many outreach activities. “Over the years, I have never met anyone who did not find what we do interesting. We just need to find the right way to talk about it,” he says. 

“IRB Barcelona will always be special because I took my first steps as a scientist here”

Ana Janic (Serbia, 1978) finished a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Physiology at the University of Belgrade in 2005, after which she moved to Barcelona for a summer internship in Cayetano González’s Cell Division Laboratory. This experience led her to undertake a PhD at IRB Barcelona, during which she developed a research project in the field of Drosophila tumour biology. Her thesis was graded cum laude by the University of Barcelona and was awarded  the “Premis Extraordinaris de Doctorat 2011” as the best doctoral thesis that year. She then moved to Andreas Strasser’s Lab at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia, to carry out postdoctoral research in molecular genetics of haematopoietic malignancies. Ana and her husband have been living in Australia since 2011, and they had a daughter, Emma, in 2014. She visited IRB Barcelona in October to give a talk on her current research.

 

Alex and Raquel celebrate their wedding with a donation to research

Alex and Raquel had a very special idea for their wedding ceremony. “Research can move forward only if we all support it,” they think.

 

“Think big and don't give up,” says the winner of the 2016 Alumni of Excellence Award David Vilchez

Vilchez is the first IRB Barcelona alumnus to receive the “Alumni of Excellence Award”. He obtained his PhD at the Institute in 2008 and now runs his own group at the CECAD-Cluster of Excellence in Cologne, Germany.

IRB Barcelona presents the “Alumni of Excellence Award” to David Vilchez

Vilchez obtained his PhD from IRB Barcelona in 2008, and three years ago he began his own group in Germany, where he has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant.

Applications for the 2017 IRB Barcelona “Alumni of Excellence Award” will be accepted in autumn.

“No matter how experienced you are, you always have to think that what you don’t know is more than what you do know”

Peter Jung was Postdoctoral Fellow in Eduard Batlle’s Colorectal Cancer lab between 2009 and 2015. Now he is Principal Investigator at the Institute of Pathology Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. This institute is a partner site of the DKTK Cancer Consortium, coordinated by the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). “Life and science are an on-going learning process with new challenges to encounter with every new project,” he says.

“Multidisciplinary training is the best asset I took away with me from IRB Barcelona”

Eva Novoa was one of the first students to complete a PhD in as part of the ”la Caixa”/IRB Barcelona International PhD Programme in Biomedicine. She was a PhD student at IRB Barcelona between 2008 and 2012. Six months ago, she moved to Sydney, Australia to join the Garvan Institute of Medical Research as a Senior Research Officer. She just received the Young Research Award from the Catalan Society for Biology.

The first “Alumni of Excellence Award” goes to David Vilchez

David Vilchez did his PhD at IRB Barcelona, and since 2013 he has headed a lab in Germany, where he has obtained a prestigious “ERC Starting Grant”.