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Sevilla researcher wins Cambridge University prize for investigating cancer-causing genetic mutations
By thinkSPAIN Team Sat, Nov 26, 2016
A SEVILLA researcher has been given an award by Cambridge University, the top higher education centre in the UK, for his investigation into genetic mutation in cancer cells.
Guillermo Burgos Barragán, 27, who is studying a PhD at Cambridge, has received one of five prizes granted by the East Anglian university to doctoral students.
Guillermo is researching substances generated by the human organism in relation to DNA changes which lead to cancerous cells forming.
Cancer research is one of the main lines of scientific investigation at Cambridge's prestigious Molecular Biology Laboratory, where Guillermo spends most of his study time thanks to a research grant awarded by the institution itself.
He first went there in 2011, and returned again the following year with a fresh grant to enable him to continue with his work.
Before his time in Cambridge, Guillermo graduated with a biology degree from Sevilla University with the top grade in the class, and was a student intern at the Sevilla Biomedicine Institute (IBIS).
Sevilla University gave him a scholarship allowing him to carry out further research in molecular biology in Gottingen, Germany – one of many lines of work featuring in his glowing CV.
Cambridge University has been giving out five prizes a year to PhD students for their research projects for the last 32 years.
This time around, four of them went to Tycho Mevissen, Ksenia Rotislavleva, Linas Urnavicius and Suyang Zhang, and Guillermo's studies into the causes of genetic changes in the human body which create cancer has won him the fifth.
Photograph: Guillermo Burgos Barragán, from his own Facebook site
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