Eulalia Marti Puig
University of Barcelona
Eulàlia Martí is Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona, leads the Functional Genomics of Neurodegenerative Disorders group at the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the University of Barcelona and is Unit leader of the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Epidemiología y Salud Pública. She has over 20 years of research experience in neurobiology, focusing on the molecular bases of neuronal dysfunction in pathological conditions. Her research is currently focused in the identification of non-coding RNA (ncRNA) mechanisms contributing to the onset and progression of age-related neurodegenerative disorders. To accomplish this her group has developed tools to identify ncRNA signatures from sequencing data and implemented molecular and cell biology approaches for functional screenings. The final purpose is to uncover ncRNA-gene expression networks underlying neuropathogenic processes with the aim to understand disease mechanisms and identifying pathways for therapeutic intervention. Eulàlia Martí received a BA in Biological Sciences (1991) and her Ph.D in Neurosceinces (1996) from the University of Barcelona, Spain. She was postdoctoral researcher at the Centre de Genètica Mèdica i Molecular, Institut de Recerca Oncològica, (2001-2002) and Staff Scientist of the Genomics and Disease Group at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (2003-2015) where she was appointed as Group Leader of the Bioinformatics and Genomics Programme (2016-2017). Major highlights of her career are the discovery of ncRNA species with pathogenic potential early perturbed in the course of Parkinson’s disease, and the discovery of RNA-driven neurotoxicity as a novel pathogenic mechanism in Huntington’s disease.