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CRG lab, Barcelona, Spain

Maria Pia

Maria Pia Cosma received her PhD in Cellular and Molecular Genetics from the School of Medicine, ‘Federico II’ University of Naples, in 2000. From 1997-2000 she was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna, and postdoctoral fellow in 2000 at the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM), Naples. By the end of 2003, she had established her first group at TIGEM in Naples, when she also became an EMBO Young Investigator (YIP). From 2004 to 2010 she was a Lecturer at the European School of Molecular Medicine, and she was an Honorary Associate Investigator at the Institute of Genetics and Biophysics (IGB), Naples, from 2009 to 2015. In April 2010 she moved to Barcelona, Spain, to the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), as a Senior Scientist and as a Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) Research Professor. She became the co-coordinator of the Systems and Synthetic Biology Program at CRG in February 2023. She has given many invited talks at major international conferences and Research Institutes. She has received several awards, including the Marie Curie Excellence Award (2005), the honour of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (2007), EMBO Member (2010), Barcelona City Prize (2015), EIC National Champion (2021), and EIC Woman Leadership Programme awardee (2022). She is a European Research Council (ERC) Grant awardee (2009), a Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Grant awardee (2010), and coordinator of EIC Pathfinder project and Cellviever (2016) and EcaBox (2021).

Staff Scientist

Maria Victoria Neguembor

Victoria completed her Molecular and Cell Biology at San Raffaele University in Milan, Italy. She was a Marie-Curie Fellow Co-Fund fellow and her work was lately supported by Juan de la Cierva Incorporación and BIST Ignite grants. She investigates the cross-talk between gene folding and function using super-resolution imaging.

Post Docs

Davide Carnevali

Davide obtained a master’s degree in Engineering and in Molecular Biology and finally was awarded a PhD in Biotechnology from the University of Parma. He is interested in applying AI and computational methods to study stem cell physiology and retinal regeneration.

Ximena Garate

Ximena completed her PhD at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her current research interest is on investigating the role of genome architecture in the regulation of gene expression during mouse pluripotent transition by using super-resolution microscopy.

Shoma Nakagawa

Shoma received his PhD at the University of Tokyo. Shoma is interested in investigating novel transcription factors regulating pre- and post-implantation development in mouse.

Eimear Byrne

Eimear received her BSC Physiology degree from the University College Dublin, Ireland, and PhD in Diabetic Retinopathy from Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom. Eimear studies eye physiology, retinal disease, and regeneration.

PhD Students

Xiaochuan Tu

Xiaochuan (Etote) received her Biological Sciences degree from the HAN University of applied sciences, Netherlands. She studies the function of Wnt downstream factors in the control of embryonic stem cells and mouse pre-implantation development.

Laura Martin

Laura received her Master's Degree in Medical Biotechnologies from the Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy. She studies 3D genome organization and topoisomerases activity in human cancer cells.

Carlotta Viana

Carlotta received her Biomedical Sciences degree from the University of York, UK, and her Master's degree from the University of Barcelona, Spain. She is interested in early detection of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, by combining super-resolution microscopy and artificial intelligence.

Marta Cadevall Angles

Marta received his Biomedical Sciences degree from the University of Barcelona, Spain. She is interested in setting up efficient cell therapy approaches for retinal regeneration.

Sarah Royle

Sarah received her Natural Sciences degree from the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom and Masters of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences from Barcelona Insititute of Science and Technology. She studies the interplay between chromatin compartmentalization and loop extrusion.

Manuel Fernandez Merino

Manuel received his Nanoscience and Nanotechnology degree from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) and Master’s Degree between the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), and the University of Marseille (France). He studies the link between genome organization and gene regulation by using integrative approaches to model chromatin based on Hi-C and imaging experiments.

Lab Manager

Umberto Di Vicino

Umberto received his high school diploma in chemistry in Naples, Italy. He is a research technician with a specialization in mouse visual systems and retina electrophysiology. He is managing general lab organization and maintenance and assists with the setup of experiments and procedures.

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Associate Professor

Alvaro Castells Garcia

Alvaro completed his PhD at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He is currently working as an Associate Professor at the Guandong People’s Hospital (GDPH). Alvaro is interested in the interplay between chromatin structure and cell function.

Research associate

Zhong Hui

Zhong Hui received her PhD at University of Macau. Hui is interested in cell fate determination during ESC differentiation, and how epigenetics affect cell fate and transcription factor kinetics.

Post Docs

Wenhui Wang

Wenhui completed her PhD at University of Strasbourg. She is interested in investigating the chromatin structure changes during cell senescence and tumorigenesis.

Di Xu

Di completed his PhD at Jinan University. Di is interested in the retina regeneration in zebrafish. His work is supported by Postdoc fellowship from Guangdong province.

PhD Students

Limei Zhong

Limei got her master degree in Animal nutrition at Sichuan Agricultural University. Limei is interest in studying chromatin structure differences in somatic and pluripotent cells using super resolution microscopy and AI.

Aiping Wang

Aiping graduated from Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is focused on setting up stem cell therapy for retinal degenerative diseases in non-human primates and on the identification of master regulators controlling regeneration.

Yao Li

Yao received the bachelor degree major in Bioengineering and master degree in Cytobiology at Jinan University. His research interests are to identify master regulators controlling vertebrate müller glia-mediated retinal regeneration.

Chenggan Zhu

Chenggan received a degree in Natural Science in the field of Physical Chemistry from the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He studies the chromatin structure remodeling of mouse embryos in pre-implantation stages.