Dr. María Luisa García Martín
Andalusian Centre for Nanomedicine and Biotechnology (BIONAND)
Imaging the tumor microenvironment
Dr. María Luisa García-Martín has worked in the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy applied to biomedical research since the beginning of her scientific career. She obtained her Ph.D. under the direction of Prof. Sebastián Cerdán at the Biomedical Research Institute of Madrid (CSIC/UAM) in 2001. During this period she complemented her training with short stays at different institutions in Europe and the United States. Then she moved to the US and joined the group of Prof. Robert Gillies at the Arizona Cancer Center (University of Arizona) as Research Associate. Her work focused on the characterization of the tumor microenvironment, particularly on the development of new MRI methods to measure the extracellular pH of tumors. In 2005 she came back to Spain as “Ramón y Cajal” Investigator and joined the group of Prof. Cerdán, at the Biomedical Reseach Insitute in Madrid, where she focused on the multiparametric characterization of the tumor microenviroment by magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy. In 2008 she undertook a position as Clinical Scientist in the MRI facility of Hospital Ntra. Sra. del Rosario, in Madrid, and worked on the application of MR techniques to early diagnosis of cancer. Since 2011 she holds a position in the new Andalusian Centre for Nanomedicine and Biotechnology (BIONAND), in Málaga, as principal investigator and head of the Nano-Imaging facility, and since the beginning of 2014 she is also deputy director of Bionand.