Juanma (Spanish short form for ‘Juan Manuel’) studied Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. His group is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate the three dimensional organisation of chromatin in the
nucleus and how these function during development or are affected in disease. Juanma received his PhD from the Spanish National Cancer Centre and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2008) where he worked on the characterisation of the human transcription factor repertoire (Vaquerizas et al., 2009). Juanma trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Nick Luscombe at the EMBL – European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, UK. Here, in collaboration with Asifa Akhtar’s laboratory he focused on the study of the dosage compensation mechanism in Drosophila melanogaster (Kind et al., 2008; Vaquerizas et al., 2010; Conrad et al., 2012). Since 2012, Juanma is a Max Planck Research Group Leader at the MPI in Muenster.
On top of science, Juanma also enjoys cycling, tech-stuff and playing the guitar with his band.
2003: BSc in Molecular Biology – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
2008: PhD (Eur) in Molecular Biology – Spanish National Cancer Centre | Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
2008: Postdoctoral Fellow – EMBL-EBI | Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, UK
2012: Max Planck Research Group Leader – MPI for Molecular Biomedicine, Muenster, Germany