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Ginés Morata

Ginés Morata

Professor Ginés Morata ForMemRS

Foreign Member

Elected: 2017


Ginés Morata is an expert in developmental biology of the fruitfly Drosophila, a specialty he has worked on for over 40 years. He has been involved in several major discoveries, including the discovery of developmental compartments, the phenomenon of cell competition, the connection between genes and compartments, the elucidation of the structure of the Hox gene complex, and the discovery of mitogenic signalling by apoptotic cells.He worked for several years in the UK, doing postdoctoral research at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology of the Medical Research Council of Cambridge University. Presently he is Research Professor of the Spanish Research Council at the Centro de Biología Molecular, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.

He has been awarded numerous honorary doctorates and prizes, including the Spanish National Prize for Research in Biology (2002), the Mexico Prize for Science and Technology (2004) and the Prince of Asturias Prize for Science and Technology (2007)

Professional positions

Professor of Research, Centro de Biologia Molecular, Universidad Autónoma De Madrid

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Microbiology, immunology and developmental biology
    • Developmental biology, Genetics (excluding population genetics)


Drosophila, cell competition, apoptosis, tumour formation, Developmental genes, Hox genes

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