2020 July 22

Dr. Manel Esteller has been awarded the Narcís Monturiol Medal for scientific and technological merit from the Government of Catalonia

The researcher Manel Esteller, director of the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute, and leader in Cancer Epigenetics, has been awarded the Narcís Monturiol Medal for scientific and technological merit from the Government of Catalonia.

Manel Esteller, Director of the Josep Carreras Leukemia Research Institute, ICREA Research Professor and Chairman of Genetics at the School of Medicine of the University of Barcelona has been awarded the Narcís Monturiol Medal of the Generalitat of Catalonia to the scientific and technological merit, These awards, given since 1982, distinguish individuals and entities for their outstanding contribution to the development of science and technology in Catalonia.

Dr. Manel Esteller graduated in Medicine from the University of Barcelona and received his doctorate with a specialization in molecular genetics of endometrial carcinoma from the same University. He was a postdoctoral researcher and associate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, USA), where he studied DNA methylation and its relationship to cancer. He led the Cancer Epigenetics Laboratory of the Spanish National Cancer Centre (CNIO) in Madrid and returned to Catalonia in 2008 to direct the Cancer Epigenetics and Biology Program (PEBC) of the Bellvitge biomedical campus. Since 2019 he is the Director of the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute (IJC) within the framework of the Catalan Research Centers (CERCA). Dr. Esteller's research has allowed to understand the contribution of epigenetic alterations in human disorders, especially cancer, and to develop biomarkers for the disease, as well as new breakthrough therapies.