Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr David Llobet-Navas
David Llobet-Navas, NURF

After my postdoctoral experience at Columbia University and The Mount Sinai School of Medicine (2009-2015), I was awarded a Newcastle University Research Fellowship in 2016 to establish my own laboratory at the Institute of Genetic Medicine (IGM). The NURF scheme has provided me with a 5 year fully independent position, consumables and personnel. As a host institution, Newcastle University and particularly the IGM is the ideal place to develop my projects because of its excellent infrastructure, technical services, research environment and translational scope.

My laboratory is focused on the study of microRNAs in the context of breast cancer and fat homeostasis and in the discovery of new therapeutic approaches in endometrial cancer. We are currently addressing this by implementing a multidisciplinary approach based on molecular and cellular techniques combined with genome-wide functional assays, computational analysis, mouse models and patient tissue sample analysis.

Since my arrival at the IGM and with the help provided by the Institute I have been able to secure two grants and publish two senior author papers (Autophagy and Genes & Development).