What is E-Visibility?

The e-visibility program help ECUSA members to bring attention to their work and career. We work with scientists and other science professionals to identify articles, projects, publications or patents that can spark the general public interest, especially in United States and Spain. E-Visibility also wants to encourage the recognition of the ECUSA members by its peers and the international scientists community.

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Noemí Arias Rueda

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Noemí is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri. Noemí focuses on understanding the mechanisms of how fat accumulates and distributes in the body to find therapeutic targets to treat metabolic disorders such as obesity, fatty liver disease, or cardiovascular disease. Noemí graduated in Pharmacy at the University of the Basque Country. She also completed a Master in Nutrition and Health followed by a Ph.D. in the Department of Pharmacy and Food Science at the same University. During her pre-doctoral stage, Noemí spent 6-months at the University of Stockholm, Sweden, to complete her international Ph.D. studies. Shortly after defending her thesis, Noemí moved to the US with a postdoctoral fellowship from the Basque Government. Noemí collaborates in the E-visibility program and ECUSA communication, increasing the dissemination of scientific projects made by Spanish scientists.

Nuria Coll-Bonfill

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PhD in Biology from Universitat de Barcelona. She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department in Saint Louis University (Missouri). Her research mainly aims to elucidate DNA repair mechanisms which might impact vascular disease in laminopathies such as Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome. Her passion and motivation for science communication bring her to be the Chair of Communication.

Virginia del Solar

Virginia, born in Asturias and holder of a degree in Chemistry from the Universidad de Oviedo, earned her doctorate in Chemistry from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2012, moving to Buffalo (New York, USA) few weeks later. She was Associate Postdoctoral Researcher at the State University of New York at Buffalo where she studied the involvement of lipids in different biological processes and the effect of synthetic glycosides on the inflammatory response. Subsequently, she worked as a Research Associate at Brooklyn College and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City where her research focused on the distribution of gold antitumor complexes as antibody drug-conjugates (ADCs) or peptide nanoparticles. She is currently working on biomarker discovery as a scientist at Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, a UK-based company that collaborates with universities and other companies in order to achieve safer, more effective, scalable and affordable cell and gene therapies.

Leire Abalde Atristain

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Leire is a neuroscientist from Donostia-San Sebastian who completed her undergraduate studies in Biotechnology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a master’s in Biomedical Research at the Pompeu Fabra University, also in Barcelona. Sponsored by a predoctoral fellowship from the La Caixa Foundation, Leire moved to the US in 2013 to obtain her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University, where she was recognized with a Young Investigator Award for her thesis work. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Marc Freeman at Oregon Health & Science University, where she studies the role of glial cells in the degeneration of neurons in the central nervous system. Leire joined the ECUSA’s e-Visibility program in 2020 because of her passion for science communication, her conviction that without Science there is no future, and her STEMinist ideals. Since 2021 she also leads MECUSA in its mission to empower women scientists, improve their visibility, and advocate for gender equity in science.

Fernando de Miguel

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Fernando is a lung cancer biologist. He studied a degree in Biochemistry at the University of Navarra (UNAV) prior to an MSc. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). He returned to Pamplona to obtain his Ph.D. at the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA) from the University of Navarra. Fernando is currently working as an Associate Research Scientist at the Yale Cancer Center in New Haven, CT, where he studies epigenetic mechanisms of resistance to immunotherapies and targeted therapies in lung cancer. He enjoys and advocates for science communication and outreach and collaborates in different efforts in ECUSA towards this aim.

Blanca Pérez del Palomar Asin

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Blanca has a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of the Basque Country. Thanks to an FPU grant from the Department of Education and Science in Spain, she was able to do a pre-doctoral stay at Washington University in St. Louis (Missouri, USA). After finishing her doctoral thesis in Spain, she returned to St. Louis to continue working in Jordan G. McCall’s lab. Her research focuses on the study of the neurological roots of mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, through the generation of animal models. She joined E-visibility to increase the impact and visibility of the work of Spanish scientists in the USA.


Carmen Morcelle

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Carmen is a postdoctoral researcher at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, associated with Harvard Medical School (Boston). After finishing a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Alcalá, she completed a research master’s degree at the University College London (United Kingdom) and later obtained a PhD in Biomedicine from the University of Barcelona. After a first two-and-a-half-year postdoc at Fudan University in Shanghai, Carmen joined Brigham, where she is currently working on deciphering how obesity can affect immune system cells at the epigenetic level. Currently, Carmen is on the board of ECUSA Boston, collaborates with MECUSA and ECUSA communication and participates in the e-visibility program.

ECUSA, Family in USA

Introducing the new E-Visibility Program, “ECUSA, Familia in USA”. Through these videos we will know about the different experiences of our Spanish researchers as first time parents in the United States. This project has been funded by the Ramon Areces foundation.

Judit Jiménez Sainz | ECUSA President

In this first episode, the Dr. Judit Jimenez Sainz, current ECUSA president, will share her career path and her experience becoming a mother during the COVID19 Pandemic in 2020.

Victoria Fernández | Assistant Professor at Washington University

In this second episode, the Dr. Victoria Fernandez shares with us her researcher path and her experience as first time mom during the COVID19 pandemic.

Xavier Bofill de Ros | Research Fellow at NCI

Our third episode of “ECUSA, Family in USA” is out. Dr. Xavier Bofill de Ros, shares with us his researcher path and his experience as first time dad during the COVID19 pandemic in 2020.

ECUSA Inspire


ECUSA INSPIRE | Ana María Cuervo

ECUSA INSPIRE | Juan Saavedra

Zoom a Scientist

Noemi Arias | The Secret Life of Fat

Jenny Serra | Lysosome to Understand Rare Diseases

Lucía Fernández del Río | Yeast for Mitochondrial Diseases

Cristina Espinosa-Diez | Little RNAs Everywhere

Elena Martínez | Finding Novel Cancer Biomarkers

Nuria Coll-Bonfill | Understanding Progeria and Aging

Fernando de Miguel | On the Footsteps of Cancer

Rosa María Muñoz | The Genetics of Colorectal Cancer

David Rincón | RNA to Understand Pediatric Brain Cancer

Pedro Rivero | New Discoveris in Quantum Computing

Yara Ruiz | The Importance of Vaccination

Pedro Torres | Cell Signaling to Defeat Cancer


Season 4

Brought to you by Nuria Coll-Bonfillresearcher Cristina Blanco Sío-López, PhD, tells us about her are of expertise on History of European Integration focused on the temporal perception management applied to the EU enlargement and the challenges of the Schengen Agreement.

Our collaborator Leire Abalde-Atristain from E-Visibility talks with the rising star Paula Montero Atienza about her engineer career path from Valencia to the United States, her experience working on the startup Medcura Inc that is shaping up the future of bleeding management.

Our team member from E-Visibility Fernando de Miguel talks to Dr. Fernando Alemán Guillen, co-founder and CSO of the startup Navega Therapeutics which plans to develop a CRISPR/Cas9 in the treatment of chronic pain.

For more information about Navega Therapeutics or Fernando Alemán visit their website or take a look at this really interesting News & Views from ECUSA in which he summarizes his research.

Our collaborators Leire Abalde and Núria Coll, speak to Ana Céspedes (IAVI), Bernat Navarro (Johns Hopkins University), Sara Morón (IrsiCaixa) and Pablo Román (IMOMA) about an eminently current topic: the COVID-19 vaccines. It includes testimonials from ECUSA members who tell us about their experiences receiving a vaccine in the USA.

Recorded on Marzo 23, 2021. For up-to-date information on these vaccines, check the websites of national health authorities.

Season 3

E-visibility presents the MECUSA (Women in ECUSA) team led by Melisa Lopez Anton and Elizabeth Diago Navarro. Great example of sisterhood and life-balance! Thank you Alvaro García Curiel for the interview!

Antonio Delgado is a Physics Professor at University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Interesting conversation about particle physics, and his endeavors in science. You can contact him: at antonio.delgado@nd.edu

Violeta Sanjuan Calzado is a senior scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and scientist leader in SEABASS within the PACE mission.

Daniel Herranz Benito is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and recipient of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research Award.

Sara Bandres Ciga is a postdoctoral Researcher at National Institute of Aging (NIA) and 2019 awardee of NIA Women in Science Excellence in Research

#EVisibilityPodcast talks with Pilar de la Puente (Sanford Research Center, South Dakota University) about her jump as a principal investigator in the field of Cancer Biology and Immunotherapies.

#EVisibilityPodcast connects with Sonia Villapol (Houston Methodist Research Institute, Texas), neuroscientist with extensive experience in various research institutions in the USA.

Season 2 - Women and Girls in Science

Season 1

Nieves García talks to the Valencian biologist Nerea Sanvisens, postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California in San Francisco, about her professional and personal adventure as a researcher in the United States, and her expectations for the future in this country.

Zoologist José Padial, curator of the Carnegie Museum’s herpetology collection, recounts his recent trip to the Vilcabamba Mountains in Peru. Nieves García talks to him about the significance of his work to prevent species extinction.

Nieves Garcia from E-Visibility talks to biologist Ana Maestre, PhD, about her recently published article in EBiomedicine: “Zika virus, more questions than answers”.

Nieves García talks to the Spaniard who has played a key role in this discovery, Carmen Soriano, PhD in Paleontology, who works at the Argonne National Laboratory’s synchrotron in Chicago.

For the first E-Visibility podcast, Nieves García, co-director of the E-Visibility program, talks to Neuroscience PhD Sonia Villapol, who will tell us about her experience in the United States.


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