Alberto M. Arenas Molina

GENYO. Centro de Genómica e Investigación Oncológica, Pfizer-Universidad de Granada-Junta de Andalucía - Area de Oncología Genómica


I was born and raised in Granada and, due to my interest in science since I was just a kid, I decided to study Biochemistry at the University of Granada. During my bachelor studies I stayed for the summer in a neuroscience laboratory at Heidelberg University (Germany) and I was granted a research fellowship from the Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer (AECC) within the group of Gene Regulation and Cancer of Dr. Pedro Medina in Genyo. Afterwards, I decided to keep with the thrilling field of scientific research. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. studies thanks to a FPU contract from the Spanish Education Ministry at Dr. Pedro Medina’s group, where I am studying new molecular therapies against lung cancer.






Universidad de Granada


GENYO. Centro de Genómica e Investigación Oncológica, Pfizer-Universidad de Granada-Junta de Andalucía - Area de Oncología Genómica

Investigation Group

Gene Expression Regulation and Cancer

Lines of investigation

Development of new molecular therapies against lung cancer.

The most notable result of your research

I discovered some downregulated lncRNA in lung adenocarcinoma patients, which could be extended to its potential use as biomarkers for cancer diagnosis, prognosis and treatment.

How did you come to science and why are you still here?

I have always had an interest in knowing how our organism works at a molecular level, so that’s why I studied Biochemistry. I believe that the molecular base of every disease is the key to understand why do they occur and, thus, how to heal them: there are still a lot of things that remain unknown, so I think that it is necessary to raise researchers and scientists who dedicate their lives to find out all these mysteries. Researching is a hard job indeed, but it is really worth it and it’s also rewarding to know that you are working to improve many people’s lives.

A scientific desire

To end with the scientists’ job insecurity. Researchers to be considered what we truly are: full-right workers and not trainees nor people who just work because of “their love for science”. To make a new discovery with a clinical application to help treatment or early detection of cancer.

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