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20/01/2020 - Institutional news

Dr. Joaquín Arribas, new PSMAR research director and IMIM director

Dr. Joaquín Arribas. Image: VHIO

Joaquín Arribas is an ICREA Research Professor at the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO) and Scientific Director at CIBERONC. He studied biochemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (1987) where he later worked on the regulation of proteasome catalytic activities and got his PhD in Biology (1991). Sponsored by a grant from the Ministry of Education and Science, he joined the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York (USA) as a postdoctoral fellow with Joan Massagué (1992-96), where he worked on the proteolytic processing of transmembrane growth factors. In 1997 he joined the Department of Oncological Research at Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona, since which time he has been directing the Growth Factors group.

In 2010, he was appointed director of the VHIO preclinical research programme, and in 2017 he became the scientific director at CIBERONC. His research has been recognised by the EMBO Young Investigator Programme Beckman Coultek Award, given to the best Spanish researcher in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Dr. Arribas will join the PSMAR as Director of Research and IMIM as Director in February 2020, although he will maintain his links with the VHIO where his research group has various projects underway, both recently initiated and long-standing. The new responsibility that Dr. Arribas is taking on will strengthen the links between IMIM, PSMAR and VHIO professionals and should help reinforce Barcelona's position as an international benchmark in biomedical research.

It should be noted that Dr. Arribas has been president of the IMIM Scientific Advisory Board since 27 June, 2018, and therefore knows our institute well.

The management of the PSMAR would like to thank Dr. Jordi Martínez Roldan, PSMAR Director of Innovation and Digital Transformation, for taking on the role of Research Director over these past months, and welcomes Dr. Arribas.

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