Marta Ramirez



Academic Role: PhD Student

Biography: Marta Ramirez (Barcelona, 1992) earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Genetics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 2014, and her Master of Science in Translational Oncology from the University of Hull (United Kingdom) in 2015. She conducted predoctoral research at the UDIAT Diagnostic Center of the Parc Tauli University Hospital (Sabadell) (2013), and performed her scientific research project and Master’s Thesis at the Laboratory of Anti-Cancer Therapeutics of the School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Science at The University of Hull (UK) (2015).

Marta joined the Mercedes Fernandez Lab in October 2015 with a Predoctoral Research Contract from the Spanish Association Against Cancer. During this period, she has earned the professional Certificate in Training on Experimental Animal Use and Design of Research Projects of the University of Barcelona (2016), has conducted institutional Advanced Training Courses on SPSS and GraphPad (2017), Cytometry (2018), and Excel (2019), and participates in the oficial IDIBAPS Training Programme for Pre and Postdoctoral Researchers (from 2016). Conferences attended include the International Liver Congress of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) (Barcelona, 2016), the Barcelona Biomed Conferences: Epithelial Transitions and Cell Migration (Barcelona, 2016), and Mechanisms of Metastasis (Barcelona, 2018), and the Beyond Cancer Genomes, Barcelona Conference on Epigenetics and Cancer; B-Debate, International Center for Scientific Debate (Barcelona, 2016). In October 2018, Marta co-organized and co-presented the Workshop in Vascular Biology Techniques during the European Club for Liver Cell Biology meeting (Bonn, Germany). She also participated as a Faculty Member in the Basic School of Hepatology of the European Association for the Study of Liver (Barcelona, October 2018). She co-organized the Workshop for Biomedical Students of the University International of Catalonia, that took place at the IDIBAPS (Barcelona, February 2020).


CPEB4 increases expression of PFKFB3 to induce glycolysis and activate mouse and human hepatic stellate cells, promoting liver fibrosis

Mejias M, Gallego J, Naranjo-Suarez S, Ramirez M, Pell N, Manzano A, Suñer C, Bartrons R, Mendez R, Fernandez M

Corresponding author: Mercedes Fernandez

Gastroenterology 2020S0016-5085(20)30328-0 (doi:10.1053/j.gastro.2020.03.008).

Interplay between macrophages and angiogenesis: A double-edged sword in liver disease

Ramirez-Pedraza M, Fernandez M

Corresponding author: Mercedes Fernandez

Frontiers in Immunology 201910:2882 (

Specialty Section Molecular Innate Immunity. Editor Ralf Weiskirchen. Open Access Article 

Invited Review

CPEB4-driven PFKFB3-mediated metabolic reprogramming is essential for hepatic stellate cell activation and liver fibrosis: A novel druggable target

Mejias M, Gallego J, Naranjo-Suarez S, Ramirez M, Pell N, Manzano A, Bartrons R, Mendez R, Fernandez M

Corresponding author: Mercedes Fernandez

Hepatology (2019); 70 (Suppl):1444A

This abstract has been selected as a Presidential Poster of Distinction by the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). Posters of Distinction are classified as being in the top 10% of all accepted poster abstracts and receive special recognition in the Poster Hall. It has been presented in the Basic Fibrosis Research and Stellate Cell Biology Session, at The Liver Meeting 2019 (Boston, Massachusetts).

This abstract has also been selected by the AASLD Liver Fibrosis Special Interest Group to be presented as an oral communication at the TechBar of the Liver Meeting 2019.

Pathological angiogenesis: The new culprit behind chronic liver disease

Ramirez M, Fernandez M

Corresponding author: Mercedes Fernandez

OBM Hepatology and Gastroenterology (2019) 3:15 (doi:10.21926/obm.hg.1903030), Special Issue: “Exploring Novel Treatment Options for Liver Fibrosis: Can Anti-Angiogenics Succeed?”. Ed. M. Bartneck. Lidsen Publishing, Ohio, USA. Link

Invited Review

Pericytes in the gut

Ramirez M, Pell N, Mejias M, Fernandez M

Co-first authors: Marta Ramirez and Nuria Pell

Corresponding author: Mercedes Fernandez

Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (2019); 1122:73-100, “Pericyte Biology in Different Organs”, Ed. A. Birbrair. Springer Nature, Switzerland AG 

Invited Review

Pathogenesis of portal hypertension: Extrahepatic mechanisms

Fernandez M, Mejias M, Garcia-Pras E, Gallego J, Pell N, Ramirez M, Naranjo-Suarez S, Barrachina-Catala A

Corresponding author: Mercedes Fernandez

Current Hepatology Reports (2016) 15:199-207

Invited Review

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