Ruben Sebastian Perez, a master student in our lab, has got the second place in the “Tell it to your parents” contest  organized by Sociedad Española de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular (SEBBM).

Master students and bachelor students had to make videos for the general audience, in which they explain different Research concepts in the simplest way possible.

Below you can get a link to Ruben’s video : “A decade of iPS cells”

Until now hepatocyte replication has been considered the main mechanism of liver regeneration after hepatectomy in mammals. We recently found that bone marrow cells can migrate into the liver upon resection and fuse with the hepatocytes. The derived hybrids proliferate and are essential for efficient liver regeneration, which is also predicted by mathematical modelling. 

Pedone et al. Cell Reports. 2017 Jan 3;18(1):107-121.


How do cells interact with other cells? We discovered that mouse mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can either fuse and form heterokaryons (cells with 2 nuclei) with mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) or can be invaded by ESCs through the entotic process (when one cell enters into another cell). Upon entosis the nucleus of the ESCs is degraded, while heterokaryons convert into synkaryons (cells with one nucleus containing both parental chromosomes) through cell division. These mechanisms are controlled by the activity of cytoskeleton components. Overall these are two profoundly different outcomes of cell-to-cell interactions, which might be important for different biological processes.

Sottile F. et al., Scientific Reports 2016 Nov 9;6:36863.


Heterokaryon to Synkaryon Transition – MOVIE

Heterokaryon to Synkaryon Transition – MOVIE 2

Incubakers fundraising

Friday, 04 November 2016 by

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Once again the organizers of Incubakers that took place on Tuesday 25th of October thank all who collaborated preparing cakes, providing material, having breakfast with Incubakers or making donations for the cause. €500 have been collected, which will go to Italian Red Cross. 

Alvaro Castells, PhD student in our lab, has scored second in the RIN4’ (Research in 4 Minutes) competition. This contest, open to all doctorates in the UPF, aims to promote the communicative abilities of the doctorates students in the Pompeu Fabra University, in order to improve their scientific communication skills.

Alvaro won the second prize, valued in 600 euros, with his presentation “Using super resolution microscopy to study RNA”, which allowed him to win for second consecutive year the second position.

His presentation was centered on STORM (Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy) technique, which bypasses the resolution limit of conventional microscopy (200nm) and allows the study of different cellular processes in a previous unachieved resolution.

Here you can see it!

Students Visiting our Lab

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 by

Italian school visiting our institue and our lab.Some pepole of our lab doing as guides around PRBB and teaching some molecular biology techniques!

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Beach volley tournament 2015

Monday, 18 April 2016 by

Summer party PRBB 2015…

Second place for our b-volley Team at the PRBB beach volley tournament 2015!

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Calçotada 2016

Monday, 18 April 2016 by


Calçotada 2016: Great day of BBQ all together in Las Planes with calçots, meat,picoteo and music!