Biosketch of the director
In February 2007 Dr Manuel Perucho Martínez was named as director of the Institut de Medicina Predictiva i Personalitzada del Càncer after the foundation of the institute in October 2006.
Born in 1948 en La Roda, Albacete, Spain, Dr Perucho completed his PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Madrid, Spain in 1976 and went on undertake his postdoctoral research at the Max-Planck-Institut für Molekulare Genetik, Berlín. He joined the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA in 1981 as an investigator and in 1982 started working as Assistant Professor in the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook, where he was made a full professor in 1987. Dr Perucho moved to California in 1993 when he joined the California Institute for Biological Research in La Jolla and he was Director of the Research Program there until he moved to the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla in 1995. Here his research centered on Molecular pathogenesis of cancer of the microsatellite mutator phenotype and genomic instability in gastrointestinal cancer.
Dr Perucho has been involved in teaching throughout his scientific career, his past and current teaching posts include: Adjunct Professor at the University California San Diego (UCSD) in the Department of Medicine and Molecular Pathology; Visiting Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Visiting Professor at the UAB. He is also an Associate Investigator at the Fundación Investigación Sanitaria Castilla-La Mancha (FISCAM).
Amongst many awards Dr Perucho has recently been awarded the AACR-National Foundation for Cancer Research Professorship in Basic Cancer Research.