About Us2019-08-06T16:42:59+00:00

About Us

CNIO and The City’ is the new bridge that the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre has built with society. This project has the support of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)-Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and seeks to encourage creativity and scientific vocations by providing secondary school students with direct access to science, as well as providing new tools for teachers to consolidate this goal. Therefore, if you study or work in any public educational centre in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, you will have the chance to participate in various activities:

If you are a student, EDUCACNIO is for you because you can do two activities with us:

Lab Immersion

My First Science Project

On the other hand, if you are a Secondary School or vocational training teacher (ESO, Bachillerato, Ciclo Formativo), FORMACNIO may be what you need. Its goal is to update your knowledge on basic research in the biological sciences in general and cancer in particular, and provide you with some educational material and workshops for your students.

What is CNIO?

The Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) in Madrid is one of the leading cancer research institutions in the world, and our key mission is to conduct state-of-the-art research and to provide innovative technologies in the cancer field to the National Health System and the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System.

We are also firmly committed to promoting education and training and raising awareness; we collaborate with schools, colleges, and universities that take part in the activities we organise during events, such as Science Week and Researchers’ Night, or at the CNIO centre, such as seminars and laboratory training.

What’s all this for?

At the CNIO, we believe that it is important to bring science closer to society and, in particular, to the young, as this can help the new generations to analyse the challenges facing today’s world in a critical way. Today, this remains a challenge, particularly due to the lack of effective training and awareness initiatives. In the field of cancer, in particular, society wants to know how this group of diseases originate and how they progress, and how research can prevent and respond to the challenges faced by the patients.

Thus, the CNIO is aligning efforts with the European Horizon 2020 programme and with one of its cross-sectoral issues, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).


Name Position Programme / Group / Core Unit / Section / Departament
Iván Acebrón Post-Doctoral Scientist Cell Signalling and Adhesion Group
Lola Alonso/td> Technician Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
Fátima Al-Shahrour Head Bioinformatics
Maria Jesús Artiga Technician Biobank
Alicia Barroso Technician Human Genetics
Isabel Barthelemy Director Scientific Management
Carmen Blanco Head Biology Section
Isabel Blanco Head Animal Facility
Elena Blanco Pre-Doctoral Scientist DNA Replication
Maria Blasco Head (and CNIO Director) Telomers and Telomerase
Jasmina Boskovic Head Electron Microscopy
Pablo Camacho Officer Communications
Guillermo de Cárcer Staff Scientist Cell Division and Cancer
Alberto Cascón Staff Scientist Hereditary Endocrine Cancer
Almudena del Codo Education and Training Programmes Scientific Management
Ultan P. Cronin Technician Flow Citometry
Orlando Domínguez Head Genomics
Susana Frago Post-Doctoral Scientist Melanoma
Jesús Gómez Technician Confocal Microscopy
María Gómez Technician Histopathology
Patricia González Technician Histopathology
Emilio Lecona Staff Scientist Genomic Instability
Lola Liébanes Projects Office Scientific Management
Tania López Technician Flow Citometry
Victoria López Library Scientific Management
Carolina Maestre Postdoctoral Research Associate Cell Division and Cancer
Nuria Malats Head Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
Mª Carmen Martín Technician Molecular Cytogenetics
Lola Martínez Head Flow Citometry
Paula Martínez Staff Scientist Telomers and Telomerase
Sonia Martínez Head Medicinal Chemistry
Jorge L. Martínez Staff Scientist Crystallography and Protein Engineering
Cristina de Martos Officer Communications
Diego Megías Head Confocal Microscopy
Mercedes Moro Scientific Events Scientific Management
Francisco J. Moya Technician Molecular Cytogenetics
Francisca Mulero Head Molecular Imaging
Inés Muñoz Head Crystallography and Protein Engineering
Javier Muñoz Head Proteomics
Matilde Murga Staff Scientist Genomic Instability
Miguel Ángel Navarro Technician Crystallography and Protein Engineering
Nuria Noriega Head Communications
Sagrario Ortega Head Transgenic Mice>
Héctor Peinado Head Microenvironment and Metastasis>
Paula Pennacchi Post-Doctoral Scientist Melanoma
Carolina Pola Director International Affairs
Fernando Peláez Programme Director Biotechnology
Manuel Pérez Technician Confocal Microscopy
Paco Real Head Epithelial Carcinogenesis
Mercedes Robledo Head Hereditary Endocrine Cancer
Sandra Rodríguez Head Molecular Cytogenetics
Nuria Romero Postdoctoral Research Associate Prostate Cancer
Giovanna Roncador Head Monoclonal Antibodies
María Salazar Post-Doctoral Scientist Cell Division and Cancer
María S. Soengas Head Melanoma
Águeda Tejera Staff Scientist Telomers and Telomerase
Zaira Vega Technician Histopathology
Alicia Virseda Technician Crystallography and Protein Engineering

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