From left to right: Pilar Espiau, Marta Mascaraque, Patricia Sancho, Alba Royo and Paula Martin

Patricia Sancho, PhD: Principal Investigator

Patricia Sancho

I’m a Cellular Biologist, passionate about science and, especially, about cancer research.

I obtained by PhD in 2004 and moved to Paris (Pasteur Institute) for a first short posdoct. After that, I joined Dt. Isabel Fabregat´s lab in 2006 at IDIBELL (Barcelona, Spain). In 2012, I joined Prof. Heeschen´s group at CNIO (Madrid) as staff scientist. I started my independent career as a Lecturer at Barts Cancer Institute (London, UK) in 2014 and moved the lab to Zaragoza (IIS Aragón) in 2017.

Funding this group has been the most amazing adventure, and I feel grateful and proud of each one of its members. Team work is our most representative value!

Marta Mascaraque, PhD: postdoctoral researcher

Marta Mascaraque

I’m a doctor in molecular biosciences, specialized in tumor cell metabolism.

My adventure in the scientific community began in Dr. Ángeles Juarranz laboratory, where I obtained my doctorate in 2021 based on the study of metabolic reprogramming in the resistance cells to photodynamic therapy in skin cancer. In 2018 I was lucky enough to do a research stay with Dr. Markus Schobert at the NYU School of Medicine. I share my love for both science and music, being a flautist and music teacher in the last few years.

With all the knowledge that I have acquired and, with great expectations, I join this group as Postdoc, in which I hope to be able to share expertise and good times with my colleagues.

Beatriz Parejo-Alonso, Msc: PhD student

Beatriz Parejo

I’m an athlete member of the Spanish Softball National Team. I’ve graduated in Biomedical Science at University of Barcelona (UB) where I was born. I had the opportunity to be trained by Dr. Sancho in the area of cancer research at IDIBELL (Barcelona) a while ago when I was studying my 2-year specialty in Pathological Anatomy prior to start my university degree. In 2014 I moved to Bolonia (Italy) with an Erasmus scholarship to perform my degree project while I had the opportunity to play the Italian Softball League with Old Parma BSC. In 2016 I finished my masters studies at VHIR (Barcelona). A year later, I started this new and fresh adventure by joining Dr. Sancho’s lab first as a research technician and now doing my PhD!

Pilar Espiau-Romera, Msc: lab technician

Pilar Espiau

Since I was very young I have been interested in biology. At first it was in a general way to find out what would make everything work properly in nature. Later I was intrigued by the way in which human beings can take advantage of biology knowledge to improve their health. I was graduated in Biotechnology by the Universidad de Zaragoza. During my fourth degree course I participated in the Erasmus program in KU Leuven (Belgium), where developed  the thesis for my final degree project. During course 2019-2020 I have done a Master on Molecular Biomedicine in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). I did several summer practicums in Dr. Sancho´s lab and also my Master thesis on PDAC stratification. Now I have been hired for 1,5 years and I hope I can contribute a lot to the group.

Alba Royo-García: lab technician

Alba Royo

I’m Biochemist and Molecular Biologist and Biotechnologist. Since I was a child I have been keen on science. I used to do home-made experiments pretending to be scientific. When I was in the high school I was passionate about biochemistry and particularly in the field of cancer. I was graduated in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology by the University Rovira i Virgili of Tarragona. I developed one of the final degree projects in Dr. Sancho’s laboratory. Afterwards, during the term of September 2020 – February 2021 I have done a post grade on Specialization in Research in Scientific Areas in the University of Zaragoza, whose practicums I did in Dr. Sancho’s lab. Now, I have joined in her laboratory for 9 months as a research technician. It is going to be an incredible experience to be part of this group!!

Paula Martín, Msc: lab technician

Paula Martin

Since I strongly believe that science is a powerful tool to improve society, I have led my career toward biomedical research. I graduated in Biotechnology from University of Zaragoza in 2018, and I obtained a master degree in Genetics and Evolution from University of Granada in 2020. During this academic period, I could participate in different projects, of which I would like to highlight my stay in the lab of the Genetics of Complex Diseases group of GENYO Centre, where I could perform my final master project, which was awarded with Honors. I’m also a passionate traveler, who loves discovering different countries and cultures. During my 4th course, I participated in a student exchange at National University of Litoral in Santa Fe, Argentina. I’ve recently joined Dr. Sancho’s lab to work on a project that use metabolism to find therapeutic targets for medulloblastoma. I’m looking forward to giving my best in this new opportunity! 

Former members of the group

Sarah Courtois, PhD. Postdoctoral Researcher (09/19-05/21)
Petra Jagust, PhD. PhD student (07/2014-06/2018) at BCI. PhD thesis: “Modulation of redox metabolism as a strategy of targeting pancreatic cancer stem cells”. Currently works as postdoc at Leonie Young´s group (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland).

Beatriz de Luxán-Delgado, PhD. Postdoc (03/2016-07/2017) at BCI. Currently at Prof. Hodivala-Dilke´s lab (BCI). Still colaborating with us as research team member in our new WCR grant!

Carmen Lorente. Research technician (07/18-11/18). Currently EU project consultant at CIHEAM Zaragoza

José Luis Aldea. Research Technician (09/19-03/20).

Former Msc and Bsc students

Nitin Sewani, Msc. Msc student (03/15-08/15). Msc thesis: “Drug Sensitivity Profiling of Metformin-Resistant Cancer (Stem) Cells”.

Andrés Cano, Msc. Msc student (10/15-06/16). Msc Thesis: “Single Cell Gene Expression Analysis of Circulating Tumour Cells from an orthotopic in vivo
model of human Pancreatic Cancer”. Currently PhD student at Prof. Nicluou´s group ( Norlux, Luxembourg)
Elia Marcos, Msc. Undergrad student (02/16-06/16). Bsc Thesis: “Differentiation state dictates sensitivity to oxidative stress in Pancreatic Cancer Cells”. Currently PhD student at Dr. Marta Nieto´s lab (CNB, Madrid).

Amy Rose Hudson. Undergrad student (09/16-02/17). Bsc thesis: “Cellular effects of the inhibition of the tyrosine kinase receptor ALK in Pancreatic Cancer”.

Hazel Santander. Undergrad student (10/17-06/18). Bsc thesis: ” Inhibition of lipid metabolism in primary cultures from pancreatic cancer patients”.
Alba Royo. Undergrad student (07/19-08/19). Bsc thesis: ” Inhibition of mitochondrial dynamics preferentially targets pancreatic cancer cells with enhanced tumorigenic and invasive potential”.
Alicia Lasierra. Msc student (02/20-06/20). Msc thesis: Relationship of mitochondrial dynamics with
aggressive phenotypes of pancreatic cancer:
pluripotency and migration

Former visiting students

Sara Compte-Sancerni. Erasmus visiting student (08/16-03/17). Currently finishing her Msc as intern at Charles River .
Sergio Escalona-López, Msc. Erasmus visiting student (10/16-06/17). Currently working as research assistant at the Clinical and Molecular Epidemiology of Cancer group at IMIM (Barcelona)
Ansooya Bokil, Msc. Visiting researcher (10/18-01/19). Currently starting her PhD.
Lorena Marchio (01/09/19-28/02/20 & 01/09/20-19/10/20). PhD student at Prof. G. Gasparre´s laboratory (Bologne University)