Research Professor at the CSIC in the Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Center at the Autonomous University of Madrid, of which we was previously the director. He received his Doctorate in Chemical Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid and is an Academician of the Royal Academy of the Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences, and of the European Academy. His work focuses on the study of the function of microtubular proteins in the determination of neuronal shape, the function of the tau protein in neurodegenerative processes and the search for axonal regeneration processes. He has been President, and is a member of the Spanish Society for Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, and Molecular Biology, a project evaluator for the National Science Foundation (USA), the Swiss National Foundation, NFR (Switzerland), and the Welcome Trust grants (United Kingdom). He has received numerous prizes, including those of the Royal Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences, the Medal of the University of Helsinki, the Prize of the Carmen and Severo Ochoa Foundation, the Medal of the Community of Madrid, the Lilly Foundation’s Prize for Preclinical Biomedical Research, and in 2004 the Ramón y Cajal National Research Prize.
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