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Dr. Xabier Aranguren López

Principal Investigator of the In vivo Organ Generation by Stem Cells group.
Preferential dedication to the development of strategies for the generation of organs in vivo using stem cells.

Be part of: Cima Universidad de Navarra

Professional career

Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Navarra in 2002.

Degree in Biology from the University of Navarra in 2004.

PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Navarra in 2006. Extraordinary Doctorate Award from the University of Navarra.

Postdoctoral stay in KULeuven (Belgium) 2007-2014.

Since 2014 principal investigator at Cima-University of Navarra.


  • He is co-inventor of 2 patents.
  • Lymphatic Research Foundation LRF (USA), postdoctoral grant (2008-2010).
  • FWO postdoctoral grant (Belgium) (2010-2013).
  • IEF Marie-Curie Fellowship (2014-2016).
  • Ramón y Cajal Contract (2016-2021).
  • He has participated in more than 14 research projects, being principal investigator in 6 of them. Of note are the competitive projects funded by: European Union (H2020 Program), Ministerio De Economía y Competitividad, Gobierno de Navarra and private organizations: Fundación Caja Navarra, Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Vlaanderen (FWO, Belgium).


  • Generation of organs (cardiovascular system) in a mouse model by blastocyst complementation.
  • Isolation and production of pluripotent stem cells from different species.
  • Generation of interspecies chimeras: rat-mouse and human-pig.
  • Study of the mechanisms of stem cell chimerism potential.
  • Generation of transgenic pigs using gene editing tools.


As an educator

  • Co-director of 3 doctoral theses: 1 of them in progress.
  • Co-director of 2 TFM.

As a researcher

He has participated in the publication of 29 scientific articles in international journals, being first author in 8 of them and co(last) in 6 of them, including Stem Cell Reports, JCI, Circulation, Blood etc.
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