Cristina López-Rodríguez is Full Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), where she leads her research group in the Immunology Unit and also directs the Master in Biomedical Research.

Cristina obtained her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1996 with the award of Extraordinary Thesis. She did her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, Boston, where she got the position of Instructor in the Department of Pathology (2001), and received the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Research Special Fellow recognition. In 2004 she obtained a Ramon y Cajal grant and a Group Leader position at the Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, and in 2006 she transferred her group to the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS) of UPF at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). In 2014 she got the ICREA Acadèmia award of Generalitat de Catalunya.

1991. Bachelor in Biology. Universidad de Santiago de Compostela.

1996. PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Recognitions, distinctions and awards received throughout the career (selected)

  • 2022. ICREA Acadèmia Award (Generalitat de Catalunya) (ICREA Academia link)
  • 2015. Advanced Research Accreditation (catedràtic d’universitat, corresponding to full professor), Agència per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari (AQU), Generalitat de Catalunya.
  • 2014. ICREA Acadèmia Award (Generalitat de Catalunya)
  • 2007. Certificado I3, Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (MEC).
  • 2005. Research Accreditation (professor agregat, corresponding to tenured professor), Agència Catalana per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari (AQU), Generalitat de Catalunya.
  • 2004-2008. Ramón y Cajal Programme, Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología (MCYT).
  • 2001-2003. Career Development Award, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, USA.
  • 2001-2003. Instructor in Pathology, Harvard Medical School. Boston, United States of America. Academic appointment at the Department of Pathology (2001-2003), Harvard Medical School, USA.
  • 1996. Premio Extraordinario de Tesis, Departamento de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, España.

Membership of scientific societies and professional associations

  • Member of the European Society of Macrophages and Dendritic Cells (EMDCS). Since 2012.
  • Member of the American association of Immunologists (AAI). Since 2011.
  • Member of the Federation of European Biochemistry Societies (FEBS) and Sociedad Española de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular (SEBB). Since 2004.
  • Member of the Europen Federation of Immunology Societies (EFIS) and Sociedad Española de Inmunología (SEI). Since 1992.

Funding agencies

Dates for currently active funding are indicated

  • Worldwide Cancer Research UK (WWCR) Research Grant (2020-2023)
  • Plan Estatal de I+D+I, Gobierno de España (2022-2025)
  • Grup Consolidat de Recerca (2021 SGR 00683) by the Agència de Gestió d’Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca (AGAUR), Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Commission of the European Communities. Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) (2003-2008)

Experience in evaluation and review of R&D&I projects

  • Colaboradora del Área de Biomedicina, Subdivisión de Coordinación y Evaluación de la Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) 2019-2024.

  • Reviewer of Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI, formerly ANEP) since 2004.

Other achievements

  • PhD Thesis director of: Jordi Minguillón Pedreño, Rosa Berga-Bolaños, Giulia Lunazzi, Maria Alberdi, Mónica Tellechea, Sonia Tejedor, Hector Huerga Encabo, Maria Val, Laura Higuera
  • 5 Research periods (tramos) recognized by Comisión Nacional de Evaluación de la Actividad Investigadora, (CNEAI) and Agència per a la Qualitat del Sistema Universitari de Catalunya (AQU).

NFAT proteins and immune cells Research Group

Medicine and Life Sciences

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