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imatge Francis J. Mojica

Date of appointment: 25 july 2017.

By proposal of: Faculty of Biological Sciences.

Date of investiture: 11 january 2018.

Sponsor: Prof. Dr. Juli Peretó Magraner i Prof. Dr. Javier Lluch Tarazona.

Biographical outline:

Martínez Mojica was graduated in Biology by the University of Valencia and got a PhD in Biotechnology by the University of Alacant. He was born in Elx in 1963. He is currently a tenured professor in the Department of Physiology, Genetics and Microbiology and a member of the Multidisciplinary Institute of Environmental Studies Ramon Margalef from the University of Alacant.  He discovered the CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeteats), which is the basis of a prokaryotic immune system.

His research was focused on archings and palindromical repetitions that consistently spread. It has contributed to understand the physiological malfunction of archings, its phylogenetical distribution and its evolutive age.

Martínez Mojica proposed his first hypothesis about the role of CRISPR as a prokaryotic defense mechanism based on the viral origin (bacteriophages) of spacers.

His scientific activity has been awarded several times and includes the Jaume I Award for Basic Research, the Fronteras del Conocimiento Award of BBVA Foundation, the Alberto Sols Award and the Lilly Foundation Award for Preclinical Biomedical Research.

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