Almudena R. Ramiro (Madrid, 1971) obtained her BS degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 1994. Ramiro received her PhD and First Class Honours distinction from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2000. In 2001 Dr Ramiro joined Michel Nussenzweig´s group at the Rockefeller University (New York, USA) as a postdoctoral fellow funded by the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia. During this time she focused on the function of Activation Induced Deaminase (AID) in the diversification of antibodies and established AID´s role in the initiation of lymphomagenic chromosome translocations.
In 2006 Ramiro became a Junior Group Leader at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), where she studied different aspects of germinal center B cells, including the regulatory role of microRNAs and the molecular mechanisms leading to autoimmunity and cancer development. She joined the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares in 2011 where she leads the B Cell Biology Lab.
Ramiro was awarded a Ramón y Cajal position in 2004. She received the 2006 Biogen Idec Award for Young Investigators for her work “Role of genomic instability and p53 in AID-induced c-myc/IgH translocations” published in Nature. In 2007 Ramiro was awarded an ERC Starting Grant.