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  • Derek McKenzie

Young Researcher - Alberto Coll Manzano - University of Barcelona

Updated: Mar 10, 2021

Alberto began his career as an anatomical pathology technician in 2007. He became lab technician in the group of Dr. Carmen de Torres at the Sant Joan de Deu children hospital, where the main focus was paediatric cancer. From September 2008, he spent 5 years as lab manager in the group of Dr Sanchez-Cespedes at PEBC (Program for Epigenetics and Cancer Biology), focusing on the genetics of lung cancer. There, he developed strong expertise in cellular and molecular biology. In 2013 he moved to Vienna where he was employed as a lab technician in the group of Dr. Heinz at AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology), where he teamed up with biophysicists and engineers helping in the development of a microfluidics devised to detect sepsis. Early in 2015 and until the end of 2018, he worked as lab manager in the group of Gaia Novarino at the IST (Institute for Science and Technology), where he focused on unravelling the genetic bases of autism. There, he quickly learned how to work with mice in the context of neuroscience, and he developed additional cell culture skills by culturing human induced pluripotent stem cells and brain organoids.

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