Activity Report 2016

CIC bioGUNE - Centro de Investigación Cooperativa en Biociencias


About Us


CIC bioGUNE (Centre for Cooperative Research in Biosciences) is a non-profit research organisation focused on performing research of excellence in Life Sciences. Founded in 2002 through an initiative of the Department of Industry of the Basque Government (currently Department of Economic Development and Infrastructures), it has become a pillar of the Basque Country’s growing bioscience sector and a model for efficient cooperation between the different agents of the Basque Innovation System.


CIC bioGUNE’s mission is to perform basic research that excels at the international level, focused on strategic aims: to play a major role in the advancement of biomedical research and technological innovation and to support the development of the biotechnology and bioscience industry in the Basque Country.


CIC bioGUNE prioritises scientific opportunities with the strongest service potential and the highest capacity to improve the quality of life of society. CIC bioGUNE adheres to the following values:

  • Our projects and activities will be conducted in the firm belief that scientific excellence may only be fostered in a free and tolerant environment.
  • Our projects and activities will seek to promote the human and professional development of those involved in achieving our goals.
  • Our resources and projects will be administered, directed and assessed in order to reaffirm the trust placed in us by the Basque Administration.

Funding 2016

Total 2016 R&D Budget: 0 million €

N. R&D Projects: 0


Public funding

Private funding

  • 0 % Public Funding
    52,76% competitive + 47,24% non-competitive
  • 0 % Private Funding
  • 0 % Basque Government Departments
    6.399 K€
  • 0 % MINECO & MEDC (Spanish Government)
    2.286 K€
  • 0 % R&D Contracts, Research Services & Others
    1.498 K€
  • 0 % EU & International Projects
    871 K€
  • 0 % Bizkaia County Council & Others
    405 K€

Staff 2016

Staff 2016.12.31: 0

Average Age: 0 years

Permanent staff: 0%

  • 0 % Female
  • 0 % Male

164 Total CIC bioGUNE Personnel

  • 0 % Research
  • 0 % Administration and services


Research distribution by Proffesional Category

    % Woman Man
  Researchers 95 69.3 41 54
  • Principal investigators/Platform Managers 25 18.2 7 18
  • Posdoctoral Researches/Research Assistant/Specialist 36 26.3 15 21
  • PhD Student 34 24.8 19 15
  Technicians 42 30.7 33 9

Research distribution by National Origin

Research distribution by National Origin

Spain 73
Italy 6
Portugal 2
Austria 2
United Kingdom 1
Holland 1
Albania 1
Germany 1
America 6
Asia 2
  • 0 % Spanish
    73 researchers
  • 0 % Rest of Europe
    14 researchers
  • 0 % America
    6 researchers
  • 0 % Asia
    2 researchers

Scientific Output 2016

Publications 0

Citations 0 (*)

Impact Factor 0

Average HIRSCH Index 0 (*)

Lectures at Meetings 0

Lectures at Institutions 0

PhD Thesis 0


Impact Factor


106 publications in 2016

First Quartile

First Decil

  • 0 First Quartile
  • 0 First Decil


(*) Web of Science

Technology transfer and innovation 2016

New Patent Applications: 0

New Collaboration Agreements: 0

New Research Contracts: 0

Economic Activity: 0

0 Licensed Patents

0 new US Patent: US 0

0 new EPO Patent: EP0(B1)

Customer Base: 0

  • Basque Country: 0 %
  • National: 0 %
  • International: 0 %

11 New Patent Applications

  • 0 European Patent Application
  • 0 PCT Patent Application
  • 0 Spanish Patent Application
  • 0 USPTO Patent Application

Research Programmes

Metabolism and Cell Signaling in Disease

  • Personalized medicine
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Liver Diseases
  • Rare Diseases
  • Biomarkers for Diagnosis
  • Biomarkers for Prognosis
  • Drug Design and Discovery

Molecular Recognition and Host-Pathogen

  • Rare Diseases
  • Homeostasis
  • Viral Infections
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Prion Disease
  • Tick-Borne Disease
  • Immune Response
  • Drug Design and Discovery


  • NMR Spectroscopy
  • Macromolecular Crystallography
  • Electron Microscopy
  • Genome Analysis
  • Proteomics
  • Metabolomics
  • Animal Facility


New recruitments

Research lines:

1. Carbohydrate modifying enzymes

  • Glycosyltransferases, Glycoside hydrolases, Esterases, Auxiliary activities, CBMs…

2. Bacterial pathogenesis

  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Marcelo Guerin
Group Leader
Comes from Leloir Institute, Argentina

His interest in glycobiology began as an undergraduate student, while working with glycosyl hydrolases in the Leloir Institute at Buenos Aires, Argentina (1991-1996). This research center was named in honor to Luis F. Leloir, who discovered the first sugar nucleotide and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1970.

He then completed his doctoral studies in biochemistry and molecular biology studying mechanistic aspects of glycosyltransferases in the Leloir Institute (1997-2002). To further advance toward the understanding of the molecular mechanism that governs glycosyl transfer reactions, he moved to the Structural Biochemistry Unit at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, where he was first introduced to macromolecular crystallography (2003-2007). After this postdoctoral training, he continued his work on the mycobacterial cell envelope when he transferred as a postdoctoral fellow to the Mycobacteria Research Laboratories in the Department of Microbiology, at Colorado State University in the United States (2008-2009). In 2009, he was awarded an Ikerbasque Research Professor position as the Head of the Structural Glycobiology Group (SGP).

He started his work at the Unit of Biophysics (CSIC-UPV), the Basque Country, Spain. More recently, he moved to the Structural Biology Unit, CIC bioGUNE as the Head of the Structural Glycobiology Lab. He is particularly interested in investigating the structural and mechanistic properties of carbohydrate modifying enzymes. To this end, the group is using a multidisciplinary approach including protein biochemistry, protein biophysics and structural biology.

David Albesa-Jové
Senior Scientist
Comes from Imperial College London, United Kingdom

His interest in structural biology and bacterial pathogenicity began at Imperial College London, where he developed his research in the Centre for Molecular Bacteriology and Infection of the Medical Research Council, London, UK (2006-2011). This research center is an international reference point in molecular, cellular and structural aspects of bacterial pathogenesis.  

Previous to this, he completed his doctoral studies in chemistry at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (2000-2004), followed by a first postdoctoral training in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Durham, Durham, UK (2004-2006).  

To further advance towards the understanding of the molecular mechanism that underline bacterial pathogenesis, he moved to the Structural Glycobiology Laboratory (2011 to present), where he focuses on the structural bases of glycolipid biosynthesis in bacteria.  

In 2014, he was awarded an Ikerbasque Research Fellowship, a highly competitive program that provides a path towards an independent research career. To this end, he is using a multidisciplinary approach including protein biochemistry, protein biophysics and structural biology to study the involvement of the Type 6 Secretion System in bacterial competition and human pathogenicity.

Scientific Output

Structural Mechanism for Cargo Recognition by the Retromer Complex

Lucas M, Gershlick DC, Vidaurrazaga A, Rojas AL, Bonifacino JS, Hierro A.

Cell. 2016 Dec 1;167(6):1623-1635.e14. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2016.10.056

Fine Tuning of CD8 (+) T Cell Mitochondrial Metabolism by the Respiratory Chain Reporter MCJ Dictates Protection to Influenza Virus

Champagne DP, Hatle KM, Fortner KA, D'Alessandro A, Thornton TM, Yang R, Torralba D, Tomás-Cortázar J, Jun YW, Ahn KH, Hansen KC, Haynes L, Anguita J, Rincon M.

Immunity. 2016 Jun 21;44(6):1299-311. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2016.02.018.


Catching elusive glycosyl cations in a condensed phase with HF/SbF₅ superacid

Martin A, Arda A, Désiré J, Martin-Mingot A, Probst N, Sinaÿ P, Jiménez-Barbero J, Thibaudeau S, Blériot Y

Nat Chem. 2016 Feb;8(2):186-91. doi: 10.1038/nchem.2399

The metabolic co-regulator PGC1α suppresses prostate cancer metastasis

Torrano V, Valcarcel-Jimenez L, Cortazar AR, Liu X, Urosevic J, Castillo-Martin M, Fernández-Ruiz S, Morciano G, Caro-Maldonado A, Guiu M, Zúñiga-García P, Graupera M, Bellmunt A, Pandya P, Lorente M, Martín-Martín N, David Sutherland J, Sanchez-Mosquera P, Bozal-Basterra L, Zabala-Letona A, Arruabarrena-Aristorena A, Berenguer A, Embade N, Ugalde-Olano A, Lacasa-Viscasillas I, Loizaga-Iriarte A, Unda-Urzaiz M, Schultz N, Aransay AM, Sanz-Moreno V, Barrio R, Velasco G, Pinton P, Cordon-Cardo C, Locasale JW, Gomis RR, Carracedo A. Tomás-Cortázar J, Jun YW, Ahn KH, Hansen KC, Haynes L, Anguita J, Rincon M.

Nat Cell Biol. 2016 Jun;18(6):645-56. doi: 10.1038/ncb3357

The democratization of cryo-EM

Stuart DI, Subramaniam S, Abrescia NG.

Nat Methods. 2016 Jul 28;13(8):607-8. doi: 10.1038/nmeth.3946

Neoangiogenesis-related genes are hallmarks or fast-growing hepatocellular carcinomas and worst survival. Results from a prospective study

Villa E, Critelli R, Lei B, Marzocchi G, Cammà C, Giannelli G, Pontisso P, Cabibbo G, Enea M, Colopi S, Caporali C, Pollicino T, Milosa F, Karampatou A, Todesca P, Bertolini E, Maccio L, Martinez-Chantar ML, Turola E, Del Buono M, De Maria N, Ballestri S, Schepis F, Loria P, Enrico Gerunda G, Losi L, Cillo U.

Gut. 2016 May;65(5):861-9. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2014-308483


Cross-Species Interferon Signaling Boosts Microbicidal Activity within the Tick Vector

Smith AA, Navasa N, Yang X, Wilder CN, Buyuktanir O, Marques A, Anguita J, Pal U.

Cell Host Microbe. 2016 Jul 13;20(1):91-8. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2016.06.001

Evolution of SUMO Function and Chain Formation in Insects

Ureña E, Pirone L, Chafino S, Pérez C, Sutherland JD, Lang V, Rodriguez MS, Lopitz-Otsoa F, Blanco FJ, Barrio R, Martín D.

Mol Biol Evol. 2016 Feb;33(2):568-84. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv242.

Novel vaccines targeting dendritic cells by coupling allergoids to nonoxidized mannan enhance allergen uptake and inducefunctional regulatory T cell through programmed death ligand1

Sirvent S, Soria I, Cirauqui C, Cases B, Manzano AI, Diez-Rivero CM, Reche PA, López-Relaño J, Martínez-Naves E, Cañada FJ, Jiménez-Barbero J, Subiza J, Casanovas M, Fernández-Caldas E, Subiza JL, Palomares O.

J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2016 Aug;138(2):558-567.e11. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2016.02.029

Finding the Right Candidate for the Right Position: A Solid NMR-Assisted Combinatorial Method for Optimizing Nucleic AcidsBinders.

Jiménez-Moreno E, Montalvillo-Jiménez L, Santana AG, Gómez AM, Jiménez-Osés G, Corzana F, Bastida A, Jiménez-Barbero J, Cañada FJ, Gómez-Pinto I, González C, Asensio JL.

J Am Chem Soc. 2016 May 25;138(20):6463-74. doi: 10.1021/jacs.6b00328


Pharmacological inhibition of fatty-acid oxidation synergistically enhances the effect of I-asparaginase in childhood ALL cells.

Hermanova I, Arruabarrena-Aristorena A, Valis K, Nuskova H, Alberich-Jorda M, Fiser K, Fernandez-Ruiz S, Kavan D, Pecinova A, Niso-Santano M, Zaliova M, Novak P, Houstek J, Mracek T, Kroemer G, Carracedo A, Trka J, Starkova J.

Leukemia. 2016 Jan;30(1):209-18. doi: 10.1038/leu.2015.213. 

Deregulated methionine adenosyltransferase α1, c-Myc, and Maf proteins together promote cholangiocarcinoma growth in mice and humans (‡)

Yang H, Liu T, Wang J, Li TW, Fan W, Peng H, Krishnan A, Gores GJ, Mato JM, Lu SC.

Hepatology. 2016 Aug;64(2):439-55. doi: 10.1002/hep.28541.


Structural basis for selective recognition of acyl chains by the membrane-associated acyltransferase PatA.

Albesa-Jové D, Svetlíková Z, Tersa M, Sancho-Vaello E, Carreras-González A, Bonnet P, Arrasate P, Eguskiza A, Angala SK, Cifuente JO, Korduláková J, Jackson M, Mikušová K, Guerin ME.

Nat Commun. 2016 Mar 11;7:10906. doi: 10.1038/ncomms10906.  

Liver receptor homolog 1 and transmethylation fluxes in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis

Mato JM, Lu SC.

Hepatology. 2016 Jan;63(1):17-9. doi: 10.1002/hep.28146


Methionine and S-adenosylmethionine levels are critical regulators of PP2A activity modulating lipophagy during steatosis

Zubiete-Franco I, García-Rodríguez JL, Martínez-Uña M, Martínez-Lopez N, Woodhoo A, Juan VG, Beraza N, Lage-Medina S, Andrade F, Fernandez ML, Aldámiz-Echevarría L, Fernández-Ramos D, Falcon-Perez JM, Lopitz-Otsoa F, Fernandez-Tussy P, Barbier-Torres L, Luka Z, Wagner C, García-Monzón C, Lu SC, Aspichueta P, Mato JM, Martínez-Chantar ML, Varela-Rey M.

J Hepatol. 2016 Feb;64(2):409-18. doi: 10.1016/j.jhep.2015.08.037  

Stratification and therapeutic potential of PML in metastatic breast cancer

Martín-Martín N, Piva M, Urosevic J, Aldaz P, Sutherland JD, Fernández-Ruiz S, Arreal L, Torrano V, Cortazar AR, Planet E, Guiu M, Radosevic-Robin N, Garcia S, Macías I, Salvador F, Domenici G, Rueda OM, Zabala-Letona A, Arruabarrena-Aristorena A, Zúñiga-García P, Caro-Maldonado A, Valcárcel-Jiménez L, Sánchez-Mosquera P, Varela-Rey M, Martínez-Chantar ML, Anguita J, Ibrahim YH, Scaltriti M, Lawrie CH, Aransay AM, Iovanna JL, Baselga J, Caldas C, Barrio R, Serra V, Vivanco Md, Matheu A, Gomis RR, Carracedo A.

Nat Commun. 2016 Aug 24;7:12595. doi: 10.1038/ncomms12595

Scientific Output
Editorial Activity

  • Jesús Jiménez Barbero
    Advisory Board

  • Edurne Berra
    Editorial Board
    Executive Editor

  • Jesús Jiménez Barbero
    Editorial Board

  • Jesús Jiménez Barbero
    Editorial Board

  • Jesús Jiménez Barbero
    Editorial Advisory Board

  • Jesús Jiménez Barbero
    Editorial Board

  • Arkaitz Carracedo
    Autophagy and Cell Death Section Advisory Board

  • Jesús Jiménez Barbero
    Editorial Board

  • Jesús Jiménez Barbero
    Editorial Board

  • Juan M. Falcón-Pérez
    Editorial Board

  • Oscar Millet
    Associate Editor

  • Rosa Barrio
    Editorial Board

  • Juan Anguita
    Editorial Board

  • Juan Anguita
    Review Editor

  • Rosa Barrio
    Review Editor

  • María del Mar Vivanco
    Editorial Board

  • Rosa Barrio
    Editorial Board

Scientific Output

CIC bioGUNE researchers publish again more than 100 publications. They include 20 publications with Impact Factor above 10. The average IF in 2016 reaches 6.5.

A new research group (Structural Glycobiology) joins CIC bioGUNE.

Atlas Molecular Pharma, a spin-off company from CIC bioGUNE, consolidates its Seed II Phase.

Competitive funding in CIC bioGUNE reaches 58% of total funding.

CIC bioGUNE researchers obtain three new International projects in 2016.

CIC bioGUNE joins the RIS3 Specialization Strategy at Euskadi in the área of Health.

A new 600 MHz Bruker IVDr NMR instrument exclusively dedicated to metabolomics studies is installed at CIC bioGUNE.

This instrument will be essential for the development of a new Project on metabolic health of the Basque Country populations.

Dissemination and Outreach 2016

Dissemination and Outreach

11th anniversary-lecture

Prof. Avelino Corma
CIC bioGUNE 11th anniversary-lecture

Synthetic Biology: Fundaments and Current Developments

Prof. Andrew Hessel
Lecture: Synthetic Biology: Fundaments and Current Developments

Christmas Lecture

Prof. Maurizio Prato
Christmas Lecture

Dissemination and Outreach

International Society for Extracellular Vesicles

Co-organized by Juan M Falcón Pérez
4-7 May 2016

Therapeutic applications of extracellular vesicles

Co-organized by Juan M Falcón Pérez
29-30 Sept 2016

Translational Research in cancer-cell

Organized by Arkaitz Carracedo
4-6 Oct 2016

Proteostasis Action Meeting

Co-organized by Rosa Barrio
2-5 Nov 2016

Dissemination and Outreach

  • Joint Meeting CIC biomaGUNE- CIC bioGUNE
  • Joint Meeting CIC biomaGUNE- CIC bioGUNE:
    January 27, 2016
  • Joint Meeting UPV/EHU (Biofisika)- CIC bioGUNE
  • Joint Meeting UPV/EHU (Biofisika)- CIC bioGUNE:
    June 30, 2016
  • Rediex Workshop on exosome imaging by REDiEX at @CNIO_cancer
  • Rediex Workshop on exosome imaging by REDiEX at @CNIO_cancer
    Co-organized by Juan M Falcón Pérez
    July 26-28, 2016

Dissemination and Outreach
Some Activities

  • 11th CIC bioGUNE Anniversary.
    Avelino Corma, Premio Príncipe de Asturias 2014
  • 11th CIC bioGUNE Anniversary
  • AECC and CIC bioGUNE
  5th Anniversary
  • 5th Anniversary
  • Bruker and CIC bioGUNE
  New NMR equipment
  • 11th CIC bioGUNE Anniversary
  • Biospain

    Biospain (28-30 September) & Meeting Biobasque
    - USA Delegation Biospain 2016.
    September at CIC bioGUNE
  • 8 Biospain (28-30 September) & Meeting Biobasque
  • 2º Encuentro Industrias Bio-Salud Aquitania / Euskadi
  • 2º Encuentro Industrias Bio-Salud Aquitania / Euskadi
  • CIC bioGUNE has joined the Agreement on Openness on Animal Research promoted by the Federation of Scientific Societies in Spain (COSCE)
  • Bruker and CIC bioGUNE

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