What do you work on and why is your research important?
Im interested in the impact of long non coding RNAs (lncRNAs) on gene expression. Since thousands of such RNAs have been identified, and as they can regulate any step of the gene expression program, they potentially regulate a broad number of cellular functions and molecular processes. Yet, the majority of lncRNAs functions remains enigmatic. My work focuses on their functional characterization and aims to decipher their mecanisms of action.
What is special about your former institute?
The CRG is a highly dynamic institute, mixing many young and international labs, that hosts many state-of-the-art facilities.
What is special and what do you like most about your current institute?
The Institut Curie has in common with the CRG an international and dynamic environment, and promotes a really stimulating interdisciplinary research.
What have you gained from moving within Europe?
Moving within Europe to work in such institutes enabled me to discover other cultures, to broaden my views, and to build useful networks.
If only I know then what I know now, I would advise...
Not to be afraid to confront your results to multiple opinions, and to grab any opportunity to boost your projects by seeking collaborations across labs/institutes.