Gemma Turon Rodrigo

Co-founder and Project Manager

Trained as a Molecular Biologist, my previous research has been focused on the field of cancer and stem cells. I am now committed to use my expertise in the implementation of tools that support equitable drug discovery and global health development. I combine my passion for science and my career as a circus artist and trainer.

Experience

Co-Founder and Project Manager at Ersilia Open Source Initiative

UK, Sept 2020 – Present.

PhD Student at IRB Barcelona

Spain, Aug 2014 – Feb 2019. Colorectal Cancer Laboratory: Genome-editing of human colorectal organoids to study cancer stem cells

Master Student at IDIBELL

Spain, Sep 2013 – Jul 2014. Metabolism and Cancer Laboratory: Mechanisms of selective 5'TOP mRNA ribosomal translation

Visiting Student at Erasmus Medical Centre

The Netherlands, Feb 2013 – Jul 2013. Translational Gynaecological Laboratory: Characterization of hereditary mutations in ovarian cancer

Visiting Student at IDIBELL

Spain, Jul 2012 – Sep 2012. Metabolism and Cancer Laboratory

Education

PhD in Biomedicine

Sep 2014 – Apr 2019. University of Barcelona, Cum Laude, Extraordinary Award to PhD Thesis 2019.

MSc in Biomedicine

Sep 2013 – Jul 2014. University of Barcelona, Grades: 8/10

BSc in Biomedical Sciences

Sep 2009 – Jun 2013. University of Barcelona, Grades 9.5/10. First in class. Project obtained with Honors

Scholarships and Grants

  • Spanish FPU fellowship. 4-year PhD funding
  • Catalan government FI-AGAUR fellowship. 1-year PhD funding
  • Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation grant for Excellence MSc. 1-year MSc funding
  • Catalan government ERASMUS-AGAUR grant for Excellence. 6-months ERASMUS funding
  • AECC (Spanish Association Against Cancer) fellowship. selected student

Honors and Awards

  • Extraordinary Award for the PhD thesis. University of Barcelona
  • Extraordinary Award for my BsC. University of Barcelona
  • Extraordinary Award Proves d’Accés a la Universitat. Exam to access University

Publications

1 First (co-) author. Sorted by date of publication

  • Duran-Frigola et al. Bioactivity profile similarities to expand the repertoire of COVID-19 drugs. J Chem Inf Model 2020
  • Morral et al. Zonation of ribosomal RNA transcription defines a stem cell hierarchy in colorectal cancer. Cell Stem Cell, 2020
  • Cortina1, Turon1 et al. A genome editing approach to study cancer cells in human tumors. EMBO Mol Med, 2017
  • Gentilella et al. Autogenous control of 5’TOP mRNA stability by 40S ribosomes. Mol Cell, 2017
  • Di Mauro, G1., Dondi, A1., ... , Turon, G1., Verdurmen, W1., Cortada, HX1., Zivanovic S1. (2018). ENABLE 2017, the first european PhD and post-doc symposium. Session 1: Building the foundations of biology: Synthetic and cellular research. Biomolecules, 8(3)
  • Di Mauro, G1., Dondi, A1., ... , Turon, G1., Verdurmen, W1., Cortada, HX1., Zivanovic S1. (2018). ENABLE 2017, the first european PhD and post-doc symposium. Session 2: The OMICS revolution. Biomolecules, 8(4)
  • Di Mauro, GDi Mauro, G1., Dondi, A1., ... , Turon, G1., Verdurmen, W1., Cortada, HX1., Zivanovic S1. (2018). ENABLE 2017, the first EUROPEAN PhD and post-doc symposium. Session 3: In vitro to in vivo: Modeling life in 3D. Journal of Personalized Medicine, 8(2).
  • Di Mauro, G1., Dondi, A1., ... , Turon, G1., Verdurmen, W1., Cortada, HX1., Zivanovic S1. (2018). ENABLE 2017, the First EUROPEAN PhD and Post-Doc Symposium. Session 4: From Discovery to Cure: The Future of Therapeutics. Medical Sciences, 6(2), 42.

Skills

  • Languages: English (full proficiency), French (basic), Spanish (native), Catalan (native)
  • Teaching: accredited 120-hours of teaching in Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of Barcelona
  • Management: Scientific Organizing Committee of ENABLE 2017, the First European PhD Symposium
  • Fields of research: oncology, stem cells, colorectal cancer

Circus Artist

The Palestinian Circus School

Palestine, Feb 2020 - Mar 2020. 2-months volunteering as part of the PCS educative team as social circus trainer specialized in aerial disciplines. Age groups: 6-18 years old.

Circus Zambia

Zambia, Jul 2019 - Dec 2019. 6-month stay as a member of the administrative team (project managing) and trainer of the social circus school for kids and teenagers (10-20 years old). Teacher of aerial disciplines for performing artists.

Circus Teacher

Barcelona, 2018 - Present.

Performing artist at Cia Pols

Barcelona, 2018 - Present.

Barcelona, 2018-2019.

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