Back Vega, Montserrat


Department of Medicine and Life Sciences (MELIS)
Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2005-2010: Graduate in Biology at University of Oviedo.
  • 2010-2011: Master in food biotechnology at University of Oviedo.
  • 2011-2016: Double Ph.D. from the University of Oviedo (Spain) and the University of Osnabrück (Germany). Directed by Prof. Fernando Moreno Sanz,  Prof. Pilar Herrero Espílez and Prof. Juerguen Heinisch.  Tittle of the PhD thesis: “Hexokinase 2 acts as an intracellular glucose sensor in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae”.
  • 2017-present: Postdoctoral Fellow at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.


Vega, M., Barrios, R., Fraile, R., de Castro Cogle, K., Castillo, D., Anglada, R., Casals, F., Ayté, J., Lowy-Gallego, E. and Hidalgo, E. (2022) Topoisomerase 1 facilitates nucleosome reassembly at stress genes during recovery. Nucleic Acids Res. 51:12161-12173.

Gröger, A., Martínez-Albo, I., Albà, M.M., Ayté, J., Vega, M. and Hidalgo, E. (2023) Comparing mitochondrial activity, oxidative stress tolerance and longevity of thirteen Ascomycota yeast species. Antioxidants 12:1810.

Boronat, S., Cabrera, M., Vega, M., Alcalá, J., Salas-Pino, S., Daga, R.R., Ayté, J. and Hidalgo, E. (2023) Formation of transient protein aggregate-like centers is a general strategy postponing degradation of misfolded intermediates. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 24:11202.

Vega, M., Castillo, D., de Cubas, L., Wuang, Y., Huang, Y., Hidalgo, E. and Cabrera, M. (2022) Antagonistic effects of mitochondrial matrix and intermembrane space on yeast aging. BMC Biol. 20:160.

Boronat, S., Marte, L., Vega, M., García-Santamarina, S., Cabrera, M., Ayté, J. and Hidalgo, E. (2020) The Hsp40 Mas5 connects protein quality control and the general stress response through the thermo-sensitive Pyp1.  iScience 23:101725.

Cabrera, M., Boronat, S., Marte, L., Vega, M., Pérez, P., Ayté, J. and Hidalgo, E. (2020) Chaperone-facilitated aggregation of thermo-sensitive proteins shields them from degradation during heat stress. Cell Rep. 30:2430-2443.

Mojardín, L., Vega, M., Moreno, F., Schmitz, H.P., Heinisch, J.J., Rodicio, R. (2018) Lack of the NAD+-dependent glycerol 3-phosphate dehydrogenase impairs the function of transcription factors Sip4 and Cat8 required for ethanol utilization in Kluyveromyces lactis. Fungal Genet Biol. 111:16-29.

Moreno, F., Vega, M. and Herrero, P. (2016) The Nuclear Hexokinase 2 Acts as a Glucose Sensor in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. J. Biol. Chem. 291(32):16478.

Vega, M., Riera, A., Fernández-Cid, A., Herrero, P. and Moreno, F. (2016) Hexokinase 2 is an intracellular glucose sensor of yeast cells that maintains the structure and activity of Mig1 repressor complex. J. Biol. Chem. 291:7267-85.

Fernández-Cid, A., Vega, M., Herrero, P. and Moreno, F. (2012) Yeast importin-β is required for nuclear import of the Mig2 repressor. BMC Cell Biol 13:31.