Dr. Álvaro Somoza
Oligonucleotides and Nanostructures in Nanomedicine.
Álvaro Somoza did his PhD at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in the group of Prof. Carmen Carreño focused on the total synthesis of natural compounds. Then, he joined the group of Prof. Eric T. Kool at Stanford University where he worked on the preparation of modified ribonucleosides to study the role of hydrogen bonding interactions between RNA strands in RNA interference. Later on, he moved back to Spain and joined the group of Prof. Ramón Eritja at the Institute for Research In Biomedicine Barcelona. There, he studied the interaction of hydrophobic moieties in RNA derivatives with protein complexes involved in the RNA interference process. In 2009 he joined IMDEA Nanociencia and in 2014 was promoted to Senior Researcher. His research projects are focused on the use of modified oligonucleotides and nanostructures in diverse applications such as the preparation of structured materials as well as systems to detect and treat different diseases.