RESEARCHERS

Marta Artal Sanz

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Division
Department of Molecular Biology ab Biochemistry Engineering
Andalusian Center for Developmental Biology (CABD)

Data

She earned her PhD degree at the University of Amsterdam, focusing on the study of mitochondrial proteins linked to human disease. She gathered founding from the EU to go to Crete, Greece were stayed 3 years investigating the role of mitochondria in lifespan determination using C. elegans as a model system. Important findings from that period, serve as a basis for her continuing research. In September 2010 she obtained a Group Leader Position at the University of Freiburg, Germany. There she developed the bases of a solid project that allowed her to obtain funds form the European Research Council. In March 2012, she repatriated to Spain with a Ramón y Cajal contract and additional funds from the Junta de Andalucía-Programme C2A and the Spanish Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad, where she started her own lab at the Andalusian Centre for Developmental Biology (CABD).


Province

Sevilla


Category

BIOLOGY


Institution

Universidad Pablo de Olavide


Departament

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Division
Department of Molecular Biology ab Biochemistry Engineering
Andalusian Center for Developmental Biology (CABD)


Investigation Group

Mitochondrial signalling crosstalk in the regulation of ageing


Lines of investigation

Ageing, mitochondria, signalling


The most notable result of your research

Her postdoctoral work revealed a previously unsuspected and strikingly opposing function of the PHB complex in ageing, depending on intrinsic and extrinsic cues. This work culminated in a first and corresponding author publication at Nature (2009), with Prof. Taveranarakis as only co-author, which has had a high impact on the field of ageing and metabolism.


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

I always enjoyed biology at school and decided to follow a career in Biology. I went to Amsterdam to work as a volunteer in a laboratory at the begining, and since then, enthusiasm for discovering new things and luck has allowed me to continue to obtain funding to devote myself to what I like.


A scientific desire

I hope it will stop being so difficult to obtain financial support to do research because governments understand their importance. I also hope that not only "excellence" is rewarded, because at the base are the ones doing the important work.


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