20/03/2013 - 12:00 - Sala Marie Curie

Unraveling the mechanisms of regeneration and morphogenesis of the inner ear

Scientific sessions, CRG Group Leader Seminars

Berta Alsina

Developmental Biology Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Berta Alsina obtained her PhD in 1999 after working on imaginal disc proliferation in Drosophila at Universitat de Barcelona. Her postdoctoral studies in Susana Cohen-Cory's lab at UCLA focused at the role of BDNF in axonal remodeling and synaptogenesis in the Xenopus retinotectal system. She returned to Barcelona to work in inner ear development with Fernando Giráldez at the Developmental Biology Unit at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. After obtaining a Ramon y Cajal she became group leader and recently was appointed Associate Professor at UPF.


Talk summary

Her research has mainly focused on deciphering the signals and tissues that regulate sensory neurogenesis and provide positional information to the inner ear primordium. Her talk will focus on two other recent projects. One deals on the role of hydrostatic pressure and cytoskeleton dynamics in transforming the inner ear from a 2D sheet into a 3D cavity. The other investigates the implication of retinoic acid in hair cell regeneration after damage.