2017 – Organizing Committee

IMG_20150914_144755Fidel Lolo Romero
Main Coordinator

I was born in Madrid in 1983. I studied Biology at University of Alcala de Henares and a master in Molecular Biology. I did my phD with Dr. Moreno Lampaya at CNIO. Since February 2012, I work as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Miguel Ángel del Pozo, studying how cells transduce external physical cues into signalling pathways.


img_20160707_150538José Manuel Alfonso Almazán

I obtained my BSc in biotechnology at Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2014. Then, I moved to Madrid to do my MSc in Pharmacological Research at UAM and joined David Filgueiras’ Lab, where I am currently doing my PhD. I am interested in ion channels, electrophysiology and bioinformatics. I study the regulatory networks and molecular pathways involved in atrial fibrillation and its process of chronification.


IMG_20150914_145532Amanda Sánchez López

I graduated in Biotechnology (2013) and I did a Master`s in Molecular Biomedicine. I started in Cigudosa J.C’s Lab at CNIO to perform my undergraduate thesis project and also my Final Master`s project. My main interest is to understand the molecular basis of aging and its relationship with cardiovascular disease thus, I joined Vicente Andrés lab to do my PhD.


img_20160707_150629Paula Ortiz Sánchez

Hi! I graduated in Biotechnology in 2013 by the Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville. Then I moved to Madrid to study a Master in Molecular Biomedicine. Since 2014, I’m doing my PhD at CNIC studying the role of the splicing factor SRSF3 in heart homeostasis and disease.


IMG_20150914_145205Raquel Rouco
Scientific Program

I am from Madrid. I started researching on genetics at UCM where I got my BSc in Biology (2013). After that, I joined M. Manzanares’ lab (CNIC) to study the gene regulatory network underlying atrial fibrillation, first during my Master’s project and right now, as a PhD student thanks to FPU fellowship.


img_20160707_150209Álvaro Macías Martínez
Scientific Program

I got my degree in Biology in 2009 and after a Master in Molecular and Cellular Biology I started my PhD in Cardiovascular Electrophysiology as a JAE-predoc. After a short postdoctoral stay in Dr. Catterall’s laboratory, in Seattle, I joined Dr Vicente Andrés’ lab at CNIC to study the electrophysiological alterations in Progeria (HGPS). PhDay is a wonderful chance to know and talk about everything not specified in a book or paper.


CGimenezCristina Giménez
Scientific Program

I studied Sociology and Marketing at the University of Alicante. Then, I decided to carry out a MSc in Marketing at ICADE Business School and I completed my education with a  Post-graduate Degree in Strategy and Marketing at the London Business School. After that I started to work in Marketing, Communication and R+D.


img_20160707_150255Álvaro Sahún Español
Scientific Program

I obtained my BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University Rovira i Virgili in 2014 after performing my final degree project in the National Hospital of Norway (Rikshospitalet, Oslo). After that, I came to Madrid and joined the National Center of Cardiovascular Research. My interests are focused on therapeutic approaches for cardiac regeneration after myocardial infarction, specifically boosting a correct revascularization.


img_20160707_150356Antonio Quílez Álvarez
Media management

I am a Materials Engineer, who is back in Madrid at the Cellomics Unit of CNIC. During my PhD as a Marie Curie fellow of the ITN-Biopol, I am screening the mechanical signaling between cells and the extracellular matrix and how it affects disease progression. Previously, I finished my Master’s in Nanobiotechnology at Aalborg University in Denmark.


IMG_20150914_145657Víctor Fanjul Hevia
Media management

I am from Oviedo, where I studied Biology and a Master’s in Molecular Oncology. I am currently doing a PhD at the UAM with a “La Caixa” fellowship. I study heart disease in progeria and aging under the supervision of Vicente Andrés (CNIC) and Carlos López-Otín (U. Oviedo). I believe communication, teaching and networking are essential to succeed in science.


AnaAna Paredes
Media management

Hi! I obtained my degree in Biochemistry at University of Seville (2015). After that, I moved to Madrid to study a MSc in Molecular Biomedicine at Autonomous University of Madrid. In 2016, joined Dra. Ricote´s group (CNIC) where I am currently doing my PhD in cardiovascular metabolism. Specifically, I am interested in characterizing the regulatory role of Retinoid X Receptor not only in cardiac homeostasis but also in heart disease.



Carla Huerta
Media Management

I am a Biotechnologist from Asturias. After obtaining my Bachelor Degree I moved to Madrid to carry out a MSc in Cell Biology and Genetics at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Complutense University of Madrid and University of Alcalá de Henares. Now, I’m a PhD student at Dr. Jorge Alegre’s lab (CNIC) focused on understanding the mechanical properties of the cardiac muscle through the study of smart biomaterials that mimic those properties.


CaptureCarmen Suay
Media Management

I obtained my BSc in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at University of Valencia. Then, I moved to Madrid to study a Master in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biomedicine at Complutense University. To carry out my Master thesis I joined Dr. Jorge Alegre’s lab (CNIC), where I am now doing my PhD on the characterization of the molecular basis of the disease hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.


LetiOKLeticia Herrera

I am from Madrid. I graduated in Health Biology at Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in 2015 and studied a Master in Molecular Biomedicine at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2016). After that, I started my PhD at Dr. Guadalupe Sabio´s lab at CNIC, trying to understand the role of stress-activated protein kinases in obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes and hepatic cancer.


KaterinaOKKaterina Tsilingiri

I studied Biochemistry and Biotechnology in the University of Thessaly, in Greece. After that I worked for a couple of years in Madrid, until I was given the opportunity to carry out a PhD in Milán funded by a Marie Curie fellowship. I stayed in Milán for three years and then moved to Madrid to join Prof. Pilar Martin’s group in the CNIC, where I have been for the past three years. My research background is Immunology,  investigating the immune response in different cardiovascular diseases.


MariAgMaría García

I obtained my BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Seville in 2014. After that, I came to Madrid to carry out a MSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Autonomous University of Madrid. During the final degree project, I joined Dr. Del Pozo´s lab at CNIC where I’m now a PhD student focused on understanding the changes in the caveolar interactome upon mechanical stress.


BrianeOKBriane Laruy
Creative Management

I graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Biology.  Then, I did my MSc in Cardiovascular Research in the University of Sheffield where I became interested in the field of Cardiovascular Biology. Currently, I am doing my PhD in CNIC in the group of Rui Benedito where I study the Role of Notch in the development of the hematopoietic system using a 3D imaging approach.


MacaMacarena Fernández

I obtained my degree in Biotechnology at the University of Pablo de Olavide in Sevilla. Then in 2015 I moved to Madrid and I did my  MSc in Molecular Biomedicine at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. That year I joined Dr. Rui Benedito’s laboratory at CNIC and I started my PhD, studying the molecular mechanisms involved in blood vessel quiescence.


antonioAntonio Martínez

I studied Biotechnology at the University of Murcia. In my last year, I moved to Canada carry out  my BSc Honour Thesis at Dr. Liang’s Lab, at Brock University. After that, I came to Madrid to study a MSc in Biomedicine at Complutense University. Now I am  doing my PhD at CNIC in the group of Pura Muñoz-Canoves, studying the role of myeloid cells, as macrophages and dendritic cells, in the resolution of skeletal muscle and heart regeneration.

José Antonio Valverde (CNIC) and Carlos Capdepón (Swing3) kindly participated in PhDay17 Teaser.