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Editors: José Becerra and Leonor Santos-Ruiz


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This book is a definitive overview of the ‘state of the art’ in cell biology. It is based on papers presented by leading researchers at the Spanish Society for Cell Biology’s XIV Congress – a Congress that strives to achieve scientific excellence.

Each participant was asked to prepare a ‘mini review’ of current and likely future development in their area of research. This book is based on those reviews. As such, it is therefore an analysis of current and future trends.

Key Features

Contains contributions from some of the world’s leading researchers.

  • The book is multidisciplinary, covering almost all topics in cell biology: from basic to applied cell biology, and a wide variety of models: from in vitro to vivo models, ranging from fish to rodents and humans.
  • Each ‘mini review’ is an easy-read piece, describing the state of the art on a topic with clear language and in a summary format
  • The mini review format makes the book attractive not only to readers involved in cell biology research and teaching, but also professionals from other disciplines and students.
  • The book takes a truly multidisciplinary approach; it covers a wide array of topics, and the book reflects how cell biology interacts with other disciplines


Cell biology academics and researchers

ISBN (print):                  978-1-909287-00-6

ISBN (digital PDF):      978-1-909287-01-3

ISBN (epub):                 978-1-909287-02-0

ISBN (mobi):                 978-1-909287-03-7

Publication date:          October 2012

Territorial rights:            worldwide

Number of pages:        254

Size (print):                   234 x 156mm

Readership:                  university and professional

BIC2 code(s):               PS, PSF

BISAC code(s):           SCI017000, SCI007000



Dynamics of cell compartments

The intracellular trafficking

Cell signaling

Autophagy, apoptosis and cell homeostasis

Cell biology of aging

Plant cell biology

Methods in cell biology

Applied cell biology

Cell biology of cancer

Cell therapies and tissue engineering

Neurodegeneration and cell biology

Nanotechnology and cell biology: challenges and opportunities

About the Editors

Jose Becerra is Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Málaga (Spain) since 1989. He has been Dean Secretary, Vice-Dean and Dean of the Faculty of Sciences of Málaga, and is now the Head of the Department of Cell Biology, Genetics and Physiology. From 2001 to 2003 he was the Director of the Andalusian Laboratory of Biology (LAB, Seville), which was converted in the Andalusian Centre for Developmental Biology (CABD) under his term. He is a member of the Technical Committee of the National Stem Cell Bank since 2007, patron of the Board of Trustees of IMABIS Foundation (Mediterranean Institute for the Advance of Biotechnology and Health Research), coordinator of the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Area of the the Biomedical Research Networking Center in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN), and member of the Direction Committee of the CIBER-BBN. His research is focused on bone and cartilage regeneration, which his group studies in different model organisms, ranging from zebrafish to humans. His laboratory is developing therapeutic tools based on mesenchymal stem cells, recombinant proteins with specific molecular domains (bFGF, BMP-2 and BMP-6), peptides and biomimetic biomaterials. He has authored over one hundred articles and seven patents.

Leonor Santos-Ruiz is Senior Researcher of the CIBER-BBN network at the Andalusian Center for Nanomedicine and Biotechnology (BIONAND). She started her career studying the cellular and molecular basis of lower vertebrates’ amazing ability for tissue regeneration, with a special attention to bone and spinal cord repair. She moved on to apply her knowledge in regenerative biology to therapeutic bone repair through two main research approaches: study the interactions cell-materials in order to engineer bone tissue; and study the molecular basis of the differentiation pathway stem to progenitor cell and then on to osteoblast and osteocyte. This latter approach drove her to the study of skeletal dysplasia, a field in which she is trying to develop combined cell and tissue engineering therapies. She has worked in University of Málaga (Spain); Istituto Nazionale per la Ricerca sul Cancro (INRC-CBA; Italy), and Institute of Child Health (ICH-UCL; UK).

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