Pancreatic progenitors and pancreas regeneration: myth or reality?
Center of Regenerative Medicine in Barcelona Hospital Duran i Reynals and Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)
Host: Francesc Solé
Date and time: | 13.00
Venue: Auditorium, IJC Building
Meritxell Rovira holds a Bachelor in Biology (2001) from University of Barcelona and a PhD in Health and Life Science (2007) from University Pompeu Fabra. During her PhD she worked in the differentiation of mESC into pancreatic acinar cells under the supervision of Anouchka Skoudy and F.X. Real.
After her PhD she moved to USA in 2008 for her postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins/School of Medicine to work in Steve D Leach and Mike Parsons laboratories, where she acquired expertise in adult pancreatic progenitors in mouse and zebrafish models. She came back to Barcelona in 2011 as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow at Jorge Ferrer laboratory (IDIBAPS) where she gained expertise in the field of epigenetics. After her postdoctoral training, she joined Núria López-Bigas laboratory at IRB as a research associate to establish and supervise the experimental part of Núria's lab.
She joined the CMR[B] in 2017, as junior PI, after being awarded with a Jovenes Investigadores fellowship from MINECO. The project she is developing at CMR[B] investigates the transcriptional and epigenetic changes that occur between embryonic ductal progenitors and adult ducts, to identify the molecular mechanisms that restrict the lineage potential of ductal cells. Moreover she has been developing a pancreatic organoid platform at CMRB.