Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences

Staff Profile

Dr Alberto Sanz Montero

Principal Research Associate

Background

Research Interests:

My research aims to understand the role of mitochondria in health and disease and especially how mitochondrial function is affected by ageing. My laboratory works to develop strategies to preserve mitochondrial function during ageing in order to extend lifespan. Currently, we are generating different fly models to study ageing, age-related neurodegenerative disease (such as Parkinson’s disease) and primary mitochondrial disorders.

Current Appointments:

2014 - Principal Investigator, University Research Fellow, Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences & Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Newcastle University.

Previous appointments:

2011-2014: Principal Investigator, Academy Research Fellow, Institute for Biosciences and Medical Technology, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.

2008-2010: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute for Biosciences and Medical Technology, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.

2007-2008  EMBO Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Biosciences and Medical Technology, University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.

Qualifications:          

2001    BSc Biology, University Complutense of Madrid (Spain)

2002    MSc Biology, University Complutense of Madrid (Spain)

2006    PhD Biology, University Complutense of Madrid (Spain)

2011    Adjunct Professor Molecular Physiology, University of Tampere (Finland)   

 


Research

Team members:

Dr Alberto Sanz, Group Leader.

Dr Filippo Scialo, Postdoctoral researcher

Dr Rhoda Stefanatos, Postdoctoral researcher

Ms Elise Bennett, Lab technician

Ms Charlotte Graham, PhD student


Grant Support

2011-2016       European Research Council Starter Grant

Modulation of mitochondrial Complex I as a strategy to increase lifespan and prevent age-related disease.

2013-2015       United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

A Genome-wide RNAi Screening to Identify New Genes Involved in Mitochondrial Diseases.

2015-2018       MRC PhD studentship

Role of mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species in Parkinson’s disease.

2015-2018       BBSRC Responsive mode

Role of Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species in Stress Adaptation during Ageing. 

Publications