MMRES alumna, Inés Marín Guillén, one of the nominees for the “Vanguardia de la Ciencia” awards

Inés Marín Guillén is a PhD student from IRB Barcelona nominated for the “Vanguardia de la Ciencia” awards. But before that, Inés was an MMRES student.

The Master of Multidisciplinary Research in Experimental Sciences (MMRES) was launched in September 2017, with the first 14 students. Inés was one of these students. Born in Mairena del Alcor, Sevilla, Inés was at the top of her class in the Biomedicine degree at the Universidad de Sevilla.

The MMRES is a unique programme, the bulk of the curriculum is spent on experimental research in the laboratory, and Inés worked in two different labs at IRB Barcelona. She did her major project with Dr. Salvador Aznar Benitah in the Stem Cells and Cancer group, and her minor project with Dra. Núria López-Bigas in the Biomedical Genomics group.

“This innovative programme brings together people from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and future goals which makes the learning process very fun and enriching. It was an amazing learning but also personal experience. I would strongly recommend the BIST Master to any scientist or scientist-to-be.” say Inés about the MMRES.

Now she is facing the final steps of her PhD in the research group in Cellular Plasticity and Disease, also at IRB Barcelona. She has recently discovered that the senescent cells (damaged cells that secrete substances to be eliminated) can be used to enhance the action of the immune system against cancer.

This research has made her one of the nominees for the “Vanguardia de la Cienciaawards, a joint initiative of the newspaper La Vanguardia and Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera. You can check out the nominees and vote here.