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Inflammation, Tissue Plasticity & Cancer

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Selected publications

Chen HA; Ho YJ; Mezzadra R; Adrover JM; Smolkin R; Zhu C; Woess K; Bernstein N; Schmitt G; Fong L; Luan W; Wuest A; Tian S; Li X; Broderick C; Hendrickson RC; Egeblad M; Chen Z; Alonso-Curbelo D; Lowe SW
Cancer Discovery
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Cassandra Burdziak †, Direna Alonso-Curbelo †, Thomas Walle, Francisco M. Barriga, José Reyes, Yubin Xie, Zhen Zhao, Chujun Julia Zhao, Hsuan-An Chen, Ojasvi Chaudhary, Ignas Masilionis, Zi-Ning Choo, Vianne Gao, Wei Luan, Alexandra Wuest, Yu-Jui Ho, Yuhong Wei, Daniela Quail, Richard Koche, Linas Mazutis, Tal Nawy, Ronan Chaligné, Scott W. Lowe, Dana Pe'er. († equal contribution)
Alonso-Curbelo D, Ho YJ, Burdziak C, Maag JLV, Morris JP 4th, Chandwani R, Chen HA, Tsanov KM, Barriga FM, Luan L, Tasdemir N, Livshits G, Azizi E, Chun J, Wilkinson JE, Mazutis L, Leach SD, Koche R, Pe’er D, Lowe SW.
Amor C*, Feucht J*, Leibold J*, Ho Y-J, Zhu C, Alonso-Curbelo D, Mansilla-Soto J, Boyer JA, Li X, Giavridis T, Kulick A, Houlihan S, et al, Sadelain M, Lowe SW. (*equal contribution).
Paz Zafra M, Parsons MJ, Kim J, Alonso-Curbelo D, Goswami S, Schatoff EM, Han T, Katti A, Calvo Fernandez MT, Wilkinson JE, Piskounova E and Dow LE.
Cancer Discovery
Osmanbeyoglu HU, Shimizu F*, Rynne-Vidal A*, Alonso-Curbelo D*, Chen HA, Wen HY, Yeung TL, Jelinic P, Razavi P, Lowe SW, Mok SC, Chiosis G, Levine DA, Leslie CS. (*equal contribution).
Nature Communications
Finley LWS*, Vardhana SA*, Carey BW*, Alonso-Curbelo D, Koche R, Chen Y, Wen D, King B, Radler MR, Rafii S, et al, [corr author] Thompson CB. (*equal contribution)
Nature Cell Biology
Livshits D, Alonso-Curbelo D, Morris JP4th, Koche R, Saborowski M, Wilkinson JE, Lowe SW
Tasdemir N*, Banito B*, Roe JS*, Alonso-Curbelo D*, Camiolo M, Tschaharganeh DF, Huang CH, Aksoy O, Bolden JE, Chen CC, Fennell M, Thapar V, Chicas A, Vakoc CV, Lowe SW. *Co-first authors
Cancer Discovery
Alonso-Curbelo D, Soengas MS
Alonso-Curbelo D, Osterloh L, Cañón E, Calvo TG, Martínez-Herranz R, Karras P, Martínez S, et al, [corr. author] Soengas MS.
Alonso-Curbelo D, Riveiro-Falkenbach E, Pérez-Guijarro E, Cifdaloz M, Karras P, Osterloh L, Megías D, Cañón E, et al, [corr. author] Soengas MS.
Cancer Cell
Tormo D, Checińska A, Alonso-Curbelo D, Pérez-Guijarro E, Cañón E, Riveiro-Falkenbach E, Calvo TG, Larribere L, et al, [corr. author] Soengas MS.
Cancer Cell

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Honors & Awards
  • 2021 Blavtanik Regional Award for Young Scientists, Winner in Life Sciences category (USA)    
  • 2021 Hipatia Prize for Young Talent in Science, Finalist (2nd position) (Spain)                     
  • 2021 Bentejui Young Award, Winner in Professional category, Bentejui Youth Association (Spain)
  • 2020 La Caixa Postdoctoral Junior Leader Fellowship, La Caixa Foundation (Spain).             
  • 2018 Benjamin F. Trump Award for Scientific Research Excellence, Aspen Cancer Conference (USA)
  • 2014 Ramón Areces Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (Spain).
  • 2014 Extraordinary Doctorate Award, Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain).
  • 2010 Society for Melanoma Research (SMR) Travel Grant (USA).
  • 2010 EMBO Short-Term Fellowship, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
  • 2008 National Graduate Research Fellowship (FPU), Spanish Ministry of Education (Spain).
  • 2009 Biomedical Sciences Schools’ Valedictorian, Complutense University of Madrid (Spain).
  •  2008 National Award in Pharmaceutical Sciences (3rd pos), Spanish Ministry of Education (Spain).
  •  2007 Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Beca-Colaboración), Spanish Ministry of Education (Spain).


Leadership & Science Outreach
  • 2021 Invited Speaker at the Commemorative Act of International Women's Day, University of La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain).
  • 2021 Co-organizer and participant of Spanish Association for Cancer Research (ASEICA)’s event Conócelas that connected 150 women scientists with >6500 students across Spain.
  • 2018 Co-organizer and moderator of Faculty Panel, Women in Science & Medicine Series, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York, USA).
    *Write-up in Scientific American blog: “Today’s Paths to Leadership: A Different Perspective”. (2018): Mayle A, Alonso-Curbelo D, Neill US. Lifebeyond the Laboratory Bench.
  • 2017 Co-leader of Fundraising Team, “Scientists –ReSearching for a Cure” team (New York, USA) at PurpleStride initiative from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN).

Group members

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