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Prof. Manuel Espinosa

Head of laboratory
Centro de Investigaciones Biologicas
Ramiro de Maeztu, 9, Madrid

Brief Biography:

Manuel Espinosa is Research Professor at the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas (CIB-CSIC) in Madrid. Born in Tenerife, Canary Islands, he studied one year of Sciences (University of La Laguna, Tenerife), and three years of Physics (Complutense University, Madrid). Then he shifted to Biology, getting the degree in 1966 (Complutense University, Madrid). He got his Ph.D. in Biology (1969) at the CSIC. In 1974 he moved to the Biologisch Centrum (Groningen University, The Netherlands) to work on mechanisms of competence development in Bacillus subtilis. In 1978 and 1979 he spent some months in the Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics (Warsaw), within a co-operation with Drs. M.Piechowska and D.Shugar, to study the uptake and the fate of hypermodified DNAs in B. subtilis. In 1980 he moved to the Biology Department (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA). He participated at the development of a cloning system in Streptococcus pneumoniae, the first to be established. In 1985 he started a group involved in the study of mechanisms of rolling circle replication of plasmids from gram-positive bacteria. In 1990 he was appointed head of the Department of Genetic Engineering of the CIB. From 1992-1993 he was appointed Director of the CIB. In 1997 he was elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), and presently he is an elected member of the EMBO Fellowship Committee and the EMBO Young Investigator Programme Committee He has published over 150 articles and book chapters, has been supervisor of 10 Doctorate Thesis and has earned several scientific awards. In addition, he has organized several meetings and workshops. In 1992 he organized a practical course on Molecular Biology and Biotechnology held at the University of Chile. He is the organizer and teacher of a course for Ph.D. students at the Complutense University of Madrid on Molecular Biology of Prokaryotes, held every year since 1999. Currently he works on plasmid conjugal transfer in Gram-positive bacteria and gene expression in pneumococci.



Academic positions:

- Research Associate

- Full Research Senior

- Professor

- Full Professor


Research interests:

- Bacterial Plasmids

- Bacterial Gene Expression

- Bacterial Toxin-Antitoxins


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