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The former Tecnun student Mikel Hernáez will research new methods for understanding changes in cancer cells.

The engineer is awarded the scholarship Marie Curie, one of the most prestigious awards of the European Commission.

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17/06/20 13:37 Communication Service

The engineer from San Sebastian and former student of Tecnun Mikel Hernáez has received the scholarship Marie Curie from the European Commission. Thus, he will start working at the Cima research center in applied medicine at the University of Navarra.  

Through the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships, the European Commission aims to contribute to the development of research by promoting the degree program professional development of talented researchers. These grants are among the most competitive and prestigious grants awarded by this European organization and are financed within the framework Program for the research and development Technology (Horizon 2020).

New methods to understand changes in cancer cells

Mikel Hernáez Arrazola is an engineer and holds a PhD in Telecommunications from Tecnun. After his postdoctoral stay at Stanford University (USA), he joined the high school of Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois (USA) as director of Computational Biology. He has now joined Cima to develop the project 'Explaining transcriptional wiring in hematological malignancies through computational methods'.

His goal is to design computational methods (based on machine learning techniques) to understand the association of gene regulation with disease progression in hematological malignancies. The aim is to find biomarkers associated with the response to drugs that cause changes in the regulatory mechanisms of different cancer cells. Identifying these biomarkers aims to provide each patient with a personalized therapy based on their genomic composition.