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Dr. Mª Purificación Fortes Alonso

Director of the RNA Biology and RNA Therapy Program.
Preferred RNAs in therapy: LncRNAs in hepatocellular carcinoma. Functional RNAs for regulation of expression and delivery.

Be part of: Cima Universidad de Navarra

Professional career

Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Navarra in 1990.

D. in Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid 1994.

She has carried out research stays at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL. Heidelberg).

Since 1999 she has been working as PI at the University of Navarra and since 2004 she is a member of the Cima University of Navarra.


  • He is co-inventor of 4 patents.
  • He has participated in one clinical trial.
  • He has participated in more than 35 research projects, being principal investigator in 16 of them. He has participated in competitive projects funded by: European Union, Ministry of Ministry of Science and Innovation, Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Government of Navarra and private organizations.


  • Identification and analysis of long non-coding RNAs related to hepatocellular carcinoma.
  • Selection of functional RNAs for the upregulation and regulation of gene expression.
  • Analysis of long non-coding RNAs related to hepatitis B virus infection and interferon response.
  • Adenoviral microRNAs. MicroRNAs in gene therapy.


As an educator

  • He has supervised 9 doctoral theses, 3 of which were recognized with the Extraordinary Doctorate Award of the University of Navarra.
  • He has supervised 8 Master's theses and 2 Bachelor's theses.
  • He has collaborated in the writing of several books.

As a researcher

  • He has participated in the publication of more than 75 scientific articles in international journals and in more than 150 communications to national/international congresses.
  • He has participated in several agreements with companies for development and co-development.
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  • Desarrollo biotecnológico de métodos de inhibición, aumento y de regulación de la expresión génica.
  • LncRNAs relacionados con infecciones virales, IFN y hepatocarcinogénesis.
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