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Dr. Alfredo Berzal-Herranz, Biologist. Senior Researcher at the Instituto de Parasitología y Biomedicina López-Neyra” belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (IPBLN-CSIC), Granada, Spain.

In April 1990 obtained his Ph.D in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Autónoma University of Madrid, Spain. The PhD Thesis was on the mechanism of action of the antisense RNA CopA of the plasmid R1, and it was carried out at the CIB-CSIC under the supervision of Dr. Ramón Díaz-Orejas.

After a short postdoctoral term at BMC-Uppsala University (Sweden), he moved to the University of Vermont (USA; Dr. John Burke’s laboratory), where he was involved in the biochemical characterization of ribozymes. Since December 1993 he leads his own research group at the IPBLN-CSIC. He is the author of more than 80 scientific publications. His current scientific interest is the study of the biological activity of the RNA, mainly focusing in the structure/function of conserved functional RNA domains in viral RNA genomes (mainly HIV and HCV and more recently flavivirus), and design and characterization of RNA molecules with inhibitory activity (e.g. ribozymes, aptamers, antisense RNAs). He has coordinated the Spanish RNA Network.