José Javier Fuster Ortuño

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José J. Fuster graduated in Biochemistry at the University of Valencia in Spain in 2005. He completed his PhD at the same institution in 2010, based on research work performed at the Institute of Biomedicine of Valencia (IBV-CSIC). In 2011, he took a Postdoctoral Associate position in Boston University School of Medicine (USA), where he worked on the interplay between the adipose tissue and the vascular wall in obesity and aging, and evaluated the role of non-canonical WNT signaling in various cardiometabolic conditions. In 2015, he was appointed as Instructor in the Department of Medicine at Boston University, a Junior Faculty position that allowed him to establish a new line of research focused on investigating the contribution of somatic mutations in blood cells to cardiovascular disease. As part of this line of research, he provided the first experimental evidence supporting that somatic mutations that drive clonal hematopoiesis contribute directly to the development of atherosclerosis. After holding Assistant Professor positions at Boston University and the University of Virginia (2017-2018), he joined CNIC in late 2018 as Assistant Professor and Group Leader. In 2018, he was awarded the Young Investigator Award of the European Atherosclerosis Society and was runner-up for the American Heart Association Irvine H. Page Young Investigator Award.