Metabolism and Cell Signaling Group

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Staff Scientists

  • Bárbara Martínez
  • Ana Ortega

Graduate Students

  • Lucía de Prado
  • Nerea Deleyto
  • Ana Belén Plata
  • Elena Sánchez


  • Cristina Lebrero
  • Ana Sagrera
  • Alba Sanz

In the Metabolism and Cell Signalling Lab we study the interplay of nutrients, metabolism and cancer. Every cell in the organism integrates signals emanating from the abundance of intracellular nutrients and from the nutritional state of the organism as a whole. Integration of cellular and systemic nutrient abundance cues is key for adequate cellular and organismal functions, and importantly, the components of these signalling cascades are generally corrupted in cancer cells. Together with genetic mutations, environmental perturbations, such as those occurring in obesity, affect the cellular signalling cascades that control the responses to nutrients and hormones. In the lab, we combine mouse genetics and cell biological tools to gain insight into the genetic and environmental corruptions of nutrient signalling cascades, aiming to conceive therapeutic interventions in the context of cancer, obesity and the process of ageing.