meet María

Section of a breast tumor-derived organoid, stained with antibodies recognizing CK8/18 (in red); CK14 (in green); E-cadherin (in purple) and DAPI (nuclei, in blue).

I obtained my PhD in Biochemistry in 2011. During my training, I have worked both in national and foreign institutions, such as MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit (UK) and Harvard Medical School (US). In the last years I have published 37 papers with more than 5600 citations so far. I have participated in 20 International Conferences and obtained several competitive grants, from FEBS, US Fulbright International Program, MINECO, Community of Madrid, AECC, La Caixa… among others.

From 2015, as senior postdoc, I have led at CNIO the development of a new technology, aimed to improve the differentiation capacity of stem cells. I recently published the initial part of this project in The EMBO Journal (as first and co-corresponding author) and submitted a patent application, now in national phases. Recently in 2019, I was awarded- as Project Leader- by two prestigious Innovation Programs from Spain and US (Caixa Impulse and MIT IDEA2 Global) to develop our technology one step forward.

Now, from August 2020, I have started my own research group as Junior PI at Complutense University (Madrid), together with my PhD student Nuria García. We are focused on the development of novel Advanced Therapies and funded by the AECC Scientific Foundation and La Caixa Foundation.

María Salazar Roa, PhD

Group lead

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2020

AECC Investigador, as Junior Principal Investigator

  • Complutense University of Madrid. Spain
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2019

Caixa Impulse Innovation Program (as project leader)

  • “La Caixa Foundation” and “Caixa Capital Risc”. Spain

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2019

IDEA2 Global Innovation Program (as project leader)

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology-MIT. US
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2018

AECC Investigador, as Senior Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Spanish National Cancer Research Center, CNIO. Spain

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2017

Juan de la Cierva Incorporación Postdoctoral Contract

  • Spanish National Cancer Research Center, CNIO. Spain
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2016

Fulbright Scholarship

  • Boston Children´s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University. USA

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2012

AECC Junior Postdoctoral Contract

  • Spanish National Cancer Research Center, CNIO. Spain
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2010

FEBS Fellowship

  • MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit, University of Dundee. UK

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2009

CAM PhD Contract

  • Complutense University of Madrid. Spain
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2005

FPU PhD Fellowship

  • Autónoma University of Madrid and Complutense University of Madrid. Spain

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2005

I3P Graduated Student Fellowship

  • Autónoma University of Madrid and Spanish National Research Council CSIC. Spain

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2005

Graduated student Fellowship

  • Autónoma University of Madrid and Spanish National Research Council CSIC. Spain

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2004

Undergraduate student Fellowship 

  • Autónoma University of Madrid and Spanish National Research Council CSIC. Spain