In 1977, he joined the Molecular Biology Center of the Superior Council for Scientific Research and the Autonomous University of Madrid, where he continues work as Research Professor. He completed undergraduate studies at the Complutense University of Madrid in 1968, receiving his doctorate at the same university in 1973. Between 1973 and 1977, he did research at the English universities of Oxford and Cambridge. In 1990 and 1991, he was director of that center. Professor Morata is a specialist in the Development Genetics, a scientific fi eld in which he has been working for thirty years. To date, he has published 115 research articles in international science magazines and has been invited to lecture about his scientific work at numerous universities and research centers in Europe, America, and Asia. He has also directed supervised ten doctoral dissertations. He has received numerous prizes and distinctions, including the Rey Jaime I Prize for Genetic Research in 1996, the Ramon y Cajal National Research Prize in 2002, the Mexico Prize for Science and Technology in 2004 and the Príncipe de Asturias Prize for Scientifi c and Technical Research in 2007. He is also Doctor Honoris Causa from the universities of Alcalá (2007) and Almería (2008).
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