- Miguel Torres Sánchez
- Department Director
Miguel Torres received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Universidad
Complutense de Madrid in 1986, and was awarded his PhD in Biochemistry
and Molecular Biology by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in
1991. The subject of his doctoral studies, carried out in Lucas Sánchez’s
laboratory (CIB-CSIC), was the genetic study of early Drosophila development.
During his postdoc with Peter Gruss at the Max Planck Institute for
Biophysical Chemistry (Göttingen, Germany), Miguel’s use
of directed mutations in mice made an important contribution to elucidating
the multiple functions played by the pax gene family during embryonic
development. In 1996, Miguel was awarded the title of CSIC Research
Scientist at the Spanish National Center for Biotechnology (Centro
Nacional de Biotecnología: CNB, Madrid), where he built
an internationally recognized team specializing in the study of genetic
mechanisms and cell signaling pathways implicated in vertebrate embryonic
development. In 2004 he was named Head of the Department of Immunology
and Oncology at the CNB, and in 2007 he moved his research group to
the CNIC, where he took up the position of Head of the Department of
Cardiovascular Developmental Biology, now the Department of Cardiovascular
Development and Repair.
of the CNIC from 2009 to 2012.