Catalina Vela

Junior Laboratory Technician

Catalina was born in Inca, Mallorca (2000). In 2022, she graduated from her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at the Universitat de Barcelona. During her final year, she conducted an internship for her Bachelor’s Thesis at the Karolinska Institutet, located in Stockholm, Sweden. There, she worked on a project focused on isolating the downstream signaling of the insulin-like growth factor type 1 receptor, with the objective of better characterizing its oncogenic potential. Motivated by her positive experience in cancer research and academia, she then carried out a master’s degree in Biomedicine and specialized in Basic and Translational Cancer Research, also at the Universitat de Barcelona (2023). Following her growing interest in the tumor microenvironment, she moved to the United Kingdom to perform her Master’s Thesis at the University of Cambridge, where she took part in a project that aimed to decipher the role of bone marrow stromal cells in the development of drug resistance in blood malignancies. Now, she joined the brain metastasis group at CNIO as a technician in order to improve her wet-lab skills and knowledge in the area. She expects this experience to be highly valuable when carrying out her PhD in the future.