Dr. Maite Huarte obtained her PhD at National Center for Biotechnology (CSIC) in Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her postdoctoral work was carried out first in Harvard Medical School in Dr. Yang Shi’s laboratory where she identified new histone demethylase enzymes and their contribution to the epigenetic landscape of cells. Later, she worked in John Rinn’s laboratory at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, studying the role of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in gene regulation.
Since 2011 she leads a research group at CIMA (University of Navarra) that investigates how long noncoding RNAs contribute to the mechanisms of gene regulation at the epigenetic and non-epigenetic levels in cancer cells. To reach these goals, they combine functional genomics with molecular and cell biology techniques, in vivo studies, as well as the analysis of patient samples.