INTRODUCTION - Our lab strives to understand how primary cilia act as cellular antennae in human health and disease (learn what primary cilia are). We are part of the Biochemistry Department at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), and are also associated with two research institutes, IIBM and IdiPAZ (learn more). The lab was founded in 2016, shortly after Dr. Garcia-Gonzalo's return from his decade-long postdoctoral sojourn in the United States (2005-2015), where he worked in some of the top biomedical research institutions worldwide, including the University of California, San Diego (2005-2006), The Salk Institute for Biological Studies (2006-2008), and the University of California, San Francisco (2008-2015). In the latter, Francesc worked in Jeremy Reiter's lab, where he made important contributions to the cilia and ciliopathy fields. Since late 2015, Francesc is a Ramon y Cajal Investigator at UAM.
LOCATION - Our lab is physically located at UAM School of Medicine, in the Department of Biochemistry. We are also part of two neighboring research institutes: the Alberto Sols Biomedical Research Institute (IIBM) and the La Paz University Hospital Research Institute (IDIPAZ). Through IIBM, we are part of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), whereas IDIPAZ directly connects us to the clinicians at the nearby La Paz Hospital, one of Madrid's largest (another one, the Ramon y Cajal Hospital, is also right across the street from us).
Together with the Spanish National Cancer Center (CNIO) and the Spanish National Cardiovascular Center (CNIC), all the aforementioned institutions make up a major biomedical hub in the beautiful city of Madrid, only a short walk away from Madrid's tallest skyscrapers (Cuatro Torres) and very well connected to the rest of the city.
FUNDING - We are very grateful to our sources of funding, which currently include a MINEICO/FEDER research grant and a Ramon y Cajal fellowship from the Spanish government, and a FEDER-cofunded one-year predoctoral contract from the Madrid regional government.
Still, our research is expensive and our funds modest, so we would greatly benefit from donations, which can be channeled through our university's foundation (FUAM). If you want to make a donation, let us know through the donate button and we will help you make it happen.