Garcia-Gonzalo Lab

Current and Past Members

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Francesc Garcia Gonzalo
Principal Investigator
Francesc holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Barcelona (2005). He then spent a decade in the USA, first in San Diego (UCSD, Salk Institute) and then in San Francisco (UCSF). At UCSF, he spent over seven years with Dr. Jeremy Reiter, with whom he made important contributions to our molecular understanding of cilia and ciliopathies. Since late 2015, Francesc is a Ramon y Cajal Investigator at UAM's Biochemistry Department. He is also a faculty member of IIBM and IdiPAZ. Click here to view his CV.
Contact Francesc.


Pablo Barbeito Gonzalez
Postdoctoral Researcher
Pablo holds a PhD in Biochemistry (University of Santiago de Compostela, 2014). During his PhD, Pablo worked under the supervision of Dr. Manuel Freire to study how the Prothymosin alpha protein controls apoptosis. Pablo then spent a year characterizing plant pathogens at the phytopathology station of Areeiro (Pontevedra, Spain) before joining the Garcia-Gonzalo lab in February 2017. Pablo is the lead author of our recently published work on ciliary GPCR targeting (Barbeito et al. 2021 Life Science Alliance). He is now building on this work to acquire an even deeper understanding of how GPCRs accumulate in cilia, and how this affects their function.
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Raquel Martin Morales
Graduate Student
Raquel holds a Degree in Biology (UAM, 2012) and a Master in Biotechnology (UAM, 2014). Her master included a stay at La Paz University Hospital Research Institute (IdiPAZ), where she investigated how hypoxia controls primordial germ cell reprogramming. Raquel joined the Garcia-Gonzalo lab in April 2016, where she studies the mechanisms underlying ciliary composition of INPP5E, a phosphoinositide phosphatase implicated in ciliopathies. She is the recipient of an FPI predoctoral grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy (MINECO) and the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER). Contact Raquel.


Jose Casado Barrajon
Undergraduate Student
Jose joined the lab in February 2021 to carry out his Final Degree Project (TFG), with which he will complete his Biochemistry degree at UAM. Following up on our recently published paper in Life Science Alliance, Jose is now looking for novel ciliary targeting sequences in GPCRs. 

For a list of former Garcia-Gonzalo lab members, click here.


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