Alexandra Balvey


Academic Role: PhD Student

Biography: Alexandra Balvey (Barcelona, 1994; dual Spanish and French nationality) earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Pharmacy (Industrial and Research branch) from the University of Barcelona in 2017, and her Master of Science in Biomedicine (Oncology branch) from the University of Barcelona and the University of Bergen (Norway) in 2018. She performed her scientific research project and Master’s Thesis at the Laboratory of Protein N-Terminal Acetylation (PI: Thomas Arnesen) (Translational Cell Signaling and Metabolism group) of the University of Bergen. Her Master’s Thesis was entitled “Hunting for the Peptide Hormone N-Terminal Acetyltransferase”. She also conducted her Final Degree Project (“Ribosome Biogenesis and the Control of Translation in Cancer Cells”, A with Honors) at the Laboratory of Cancer Metabolism (PI: Antonio Gentilella) of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL, Spain) (2017). She also did a research internship at the Metabolism and Cancer Group (PIs: George Thomas, Sara Catherine Kozma and Albert Tauler) of the IDIBELL, on the project “Knockout of E2F1 in U2OS cells using CRISPR-Cas9 Technique” (A with Honors) (2015-2016). She has worked as a pharmacist at Farmacia Les Corts (Barcelona, 2017), Farmacia Alejandro de Benito (Platja d’Aro, Girona, 2018-2019) and Farmacia Cervera (Barcelona, 2019), and has conducted practices at the Pharmaceutic Technology Department (PI: Josep Maria Suñe), School of Pharmacy, University of Barcelona (2011). Conferences attended include the Infarma European Pharmacy Meeting (Barcelona, 2017), and the International Meeting on Business Management, Quality and Competitiveness (Michoacan, Mexico, 2015). She has also presented an speech about “Alcohol consumption and its risks” for Baccalaureate students (2017). Abroad experience include: ERASMUS program in Bergen (Norway, 2018), Exchange in Bohum (Germany) for the Comenius European project (2011), Student Abroad in Perith (UK) for English skills improvement, and Exchange in Linden (Frankfurt, Germany) for German skills improvement. Language skills: Spanish and Catalan (native), French (mother tongue), English (advanced proficiency), and German (elementary proficiency).

Alex joined the Mercedes Fernandez Lab in July 2019 to perform her Doctoral Thesis Research Project. She has been awarded with a 4-years FPI Predoctoral Research Contract from the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (MICINN) in July 2019. She has been admitted to the Doctoral Programme in Biomedicine of the University of Barcelona. She has earned the Certificate in Training on Experimental Animal Use and Design of Research Projects of the University of Barcelona (February 2020). She has co-organized the Workshop for Biomedical Students of the University International of Catalonia, that took place at the IDIBAPS (Barcelona, February 2020). She participates in the oficial IDIBAPS Training Programme for Pre and Postdoctoral Researchers (from 2019). She has attended the EMBO Workshop on Cancer Immunometabolism (2021), International Symposium of the Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute on The Immune System in Sickness and Health (2021), Metabolism and Cancer meeting of the Université de Bordeaux (2021), International Liver Congress of the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) (2021) and the Barcelona Biomed Conferences on Stem Cells and Cancer (2021). Alex is also working as a volunteer, sharing her bench skills to fight the current covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.


Targeting the cytoplasmic polyadenylation element binding protein CPEB4 protects against diet-induced obesity and microbiome dysbiosis

Pell N, Garcia-Pras E, Gallego J, Naranjo-Suarez S, Balvey A, Suñer C, Fernandez-Alfara M, Chanes V, Carbo J, Ramirez-Pedraza M, Reina O, Thingholm L, Bang C, Rühlemann M, Franke A, Schierwagen R, Rheinwalt KP, Trebicka J, Mendez R, Fernandez M. 

Molecular Metabolism 2021; 54: 101388 ( 

Corresponding author: Mercedes Fernandez

Translational control in liver disease

Balvey A, Fernandez M. 

Frontiers of Physiology 2021;  

Corresponding author: Mercedes Fernandez

Crosstalk between angiogenesis and fibrogenesis in liver disease

Mejias M, Balvey A, Fernandez M

Corresponding author: Mercedes Fernandez

Current Tissue Microenvironment Reports 2020; 1: 121-129; Springer Nature.

Invited Review

Crisis’ origin’s causes. Contributions from the fuzzy logic in the sustainability on the socio-economic systems

Gil-Lafuente AM, Balvey A

Towards the Future of Fuzzy Logic 2015; pp. 201-216, Springer International Publishing 


Application of the forgotten effects model to the early diagnosis of hereditary hemochromatosis

Balvey A, Lafuente AMG, Merigo JM

Decision Making Systems in Business Administration 2012; vol. 8, p. 407, World Scientific.

Proceedings of the MS’12 International Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 10-13 December 2012 


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