Jesús was born in Zaragoza, Spain. He obtained
his PhD, on the the elucidation of how the dsRNA-dependent
protein kinase induces apoptosis and activates NF-κB,
in 2000 at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid.
From 2000 to 2003 he worked with David Beach at the Wolfson
Institute for Biomedical Research, University College
London, where he screened for genes bypassing senescence,
identifying CBX7. In January 2004, he joined Gordon Peters'
group at the CRUK London Research Institute, investigating
how CBX7 regulates the INK4/ARF locus. During
2005 he worked in Scott Lowe's laboratory at Cold Spring
Harbor, New York, developing models to study CBX7 function
in vivo. He now leads The Cell Proliferation
Group at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre (part of the
the Faculty of Medicine of Imperial College London, and
located on the Hammersmith Hospital Campus in London),
investigating the regulation of the INK4a-ARF
locus by PcG complexes and screening for agents controlling
senescence. In November 2008, Jesús
was named an EMBO Young Investigator.
Juan Carlos Acosta
Juan Carlos was born in Gerona, Spain. He obtained his
PhD, on the elucidation of functional interaction between
MYC oncogene and the tumor suppressor p27 in erythroid
differentiation, in 2005 at the University of Santander,
Spain. He joined the Cell Proliferation Group in January
Ana was born in Lisbon, Portugal. She obtained her degree
in Molecular Biology in 2005 from the Faculty of Sciences,
University of Lisbon, Portugal. From 2004 to 2006, she
worked at the Portuguese Cancer Institute, studying the
mechanisms involved in thyroid tumorigenesis. She joined
the Cell Proliferation Group as a PhD student in January
Marta was born in Madrid, Spain. She obtained her PhD
in 2001 at the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid,
working in the group of Manuel Serrano on the characterisation
of the senescence-like arrest induced by oncogenic ras
in human primary fibroblasts. In 2003 she held her first
postdoctoral position in Fiona Watt's group at the Cancer
Research UK London Research Institute and later on at
the Cambridge Research Institute when the group moved
there in 2007. She joined the Cell Proliferation Group
in January 2008.
Ana Rita França
Nadine is French. She obtained her PhD in 2007 at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris, France, working in the group of Anne Dejean at the Pasteur Institute on the role of the SUMO E3 ligase PIASy in the control of cell proliferation and stress response. She joined the Cell Proliferation Group in April 2009.
Ana did her BSc in the Faculty of Biology in Madrid, Spain.
She then worked in Dr De Caterina's laboratory at the
Istituto di Fisiologia Clinica in the Consiglio Nazionale
delle Ricerche in Pisa, Italy, studying the first step
in the development of atherosclerosis before starting
her PhD under the supervision of Dr Elena Martin at the
Ramón y Cajal Hospital in Madrid, where she characterised
a new human protein synthesis kinase, Mnk1b. During her
PhD, Ana worked briefly on new substrates of the kinase,
Mnk1a, in Professor Chris Proud's laboratory at the University
of Dundee, Scotland. She began her postdoctoral research
at the CNIO in Madrid before joining the Cell Proliferation
Group in January 2007.
Nikolay was born in Burgas, Bulgaria. He obtained his
BSc degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology in 2005 at
the International University Bremen, Germany. Nikolay
then entered the MRes/PhD programme at the MRC Clinical
Sciences Centre and in October 2006 he joined the Cell
Proliferation Group as a PhD student.
Selina was born in Lima, Peru. She received a PhD in Microbiology
from King's College London in 1991 and did her first postdoc
on the human ß-globin locus control region with
Frank Grosveld at the NIMR from 1991-1994. Salina then
worked with Michael Antoniou at Guy's Hospital Medical
School to investigate muscle specific gene therapy vectors.
In 1999 she came to the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre to
work in the Membrane Transport Biology (now Membrane Transport
Proteins and Disease) Group to research the regulation
of MDR1 P-glycoprotein expression and mechanisms
of chemotherapy resistance. Salina joined the Cell Proliferation
Group in April 2007.
Past Group members
Marco Da Costa
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2008
Marco is French of Portuguese origin. He obtained his
PhD in 2004 from the Université Paris XI-Orsay,
France and held his first postdoctoral appointment in
the laboratory of Eric Lam at Imperial College London
before joining the Cell Proliferation Group in January
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2008
Ana is from Seville, Spain. She obtained her PhD in 2007
in Dr López-Barneo's laboratory in the Department
of Physiology, University of Seville, where she worked
on CO2 and O2 chemoreception processes.
She did her first postdoctoral work in Dr Fiona Watt's
laboratory at the Cambridge Research Institute for six
months before joining the Cell Proliferation Group in
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007-2009
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007-2009
Yoshihiro is Japanese. He obtained his PhD in 1999 at
Hokkaido University, Japan and then worked at the Frontier
Research Laboratories, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited,
Japan. He joined the Cell Proliferation Group in January
2007 as a visiting scientist and has remained since April
2008 as a postdoctoral fellow.