Enrique Martín Blanco

Enrique Martín Blanco




Ph.D. in Biological Sciences

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I am visiting the Extavour lab as a Fulbright Scholar on a sabbatical visit to study the evolution of morphogenesis in the arthropod nervous system.

I received my Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in 1986. Afterwards I moved to UCSF with Tom Kornberg and characterized the structure of the complex of Engrailed homeodomain with DNA, the first protein/DNA complex resolved in eukaryotes. Returning to Spain in 1991, I joined Antonio García-Bellido’s lab at the CBMSO, where I focused on the analysis of left-right asymmetry control. After receiving an offer from Alfonso Martinez-Arias, I went to Cambridge in 1993. There, I studied how different morphogenetic processes are regulated, uncovering fundamental principles in cell communication.

These studies set the basis of my career as independent Researcher (Cientifico Titular (2001) and Investigador Cientifico (2009) in the IBMB (CSIC). I have also spent extended specialization periods at the MPI for Biophysical Chemistry (2004 – Tom Jovin), Institut Curie (2008 -Yohanns Bellaiche), Mechanobiology Institute of Singapore (2014 – Michael Sheetz), HHMI Janelia (2015 – Eric Betzig) and MPI for Cell and Developmental Genetics (2018 -Eli Knust).

At the IBMB I have studied the developmental role of the JNK signalling cascade in multiple processes and revisited histoblasts development as a model for the analysis of cell cycle control, cell invasivity, planar cell polarity and the mechanical control of cell replacement. We also studied collective cell movements in zebrafish. Nowadays, we are applying multidisciplinary approaches to study morphogenesis in Drosophila.

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