Oscar Fernández-Capetillo, 2010 FPdGi Scientific Research Award ex aequo

FPdGi Scientific Research Award, ex aequo, for his contribution in the field of oncology research

Óscar Fernández-Capetillo (Bilbao, 1974) is deputy director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), where, since 2005, he has also led the Genomic Instability Group. After obtaining his PhD in Biochemistry from the University of the Basque Country, under the supervision of Dr Ana Zubiaga (2001), he continued his training at the National Cancer Institute in the USA, at the laboratory of Dr Andre Nussenzweig (2001-2004). His studies focused on exploring how replication stress, a type of damage to genetic material (DNA), contributes to the development of cancer and ageing. In addition to his basic research, his research group has developed new molecules with anti-tumour activity that have been licenced to pharmaceutical companies for their clinical development.

His work has resulted in 90 publications that have been cited on more than 14,000 occasions. Dr Fernández-Capetillo’s research career has been recognised with multiple honours and national and international awards, among them the Eppendorf Award, presented by the journal Natureto the best European researcher under thirty-five years old (2009), and his inclusion on Celljournal’s list of the world’s forty most influential scientists under forty (2014). Since 2015 he has combined his research activity at CNIO with his work as a professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

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