Laia Bonjoch

Profile photo of Laia BonjochLaia Bonjoch is a Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral fellow at the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Barcelona. Since 2012, she has been involved in projects focused on gastrointestinal diseases, such as pancreatic adenocarcinoma and colorectal cancer.

She worked on her doctoral thesis at the IIBB-CSIC and obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Barcelona in 2017.

Then, she moved to the IDIBAPS research center to be part of the Genetic Predisposition to Gastrointestinal Cancer group, led by Dr Sergi Castellví, where they focus on the study of new genetic variants, detected through NGS techniques, which may predispose to gastrointestinal cancer and serrated polyposis syndrome.

Her research is focused particularly on the functional characterisation and validation of new candidate variants, combining the culture of human cells and CRISPR/Cas genome editing to model the impact of candidate variants on malignant cell transformation and, therefore, on cancer predisposition.