José María Carazo
Director Unidad de Biocomputación.
Profesor de investigación – CSIC
Centro Nacional de Biotecnología – CNB
C/ Darwin 3, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Campus de Cantoblanco.
28049 – Madrid
Tel:: (34) 91- 585 - 4543
Fax: (34) 91- 372 - 0112


Master in Theoretical Physics by the University of Granada in 1981 and PhD in Biology by the Autonomous University of Madrid in 1984. From 1981 to 1986 he worked at the IBM Madrid Scientific Center on Biomedical image processing. From 1986 to 1989 I moved to the Howards Hughes Medical Center in Albany, working with Dr.Joachim Frank, to study the three-dimensional structure of the ribosome by electron microscopy. From 1989 I moved back to Madrid to head the Biocomputing Unit of the National Center for Biotechnology. He received Scientific Excellence Awards by the French Academy of Sciences (1998) and the Spanish Academy of Sciences (1986). From 1998 to 2001 he was the President of the Spanish Microscopy Sociate. He is currently Senior Member of the IEEE, with a publication record of more than130 journal papers. On the technology transfer side, He started (together with Alberto Pascual) the spin-off Integromics, now established in two European countries and the US, which has received the 2007 Awards to the most innovative Spanish company by the Ministry of Industry and the bank "La Caixa".

Scientific interests

I work at the interface between physics an Engineering, on the one hand, and biology, on the other. I address issues related to unrevealing the structure-functional relationships of biological macromolecules by three-dimensional electron microscopy (3D-EM). We study particular biological systems both as "test cases" for the development of new image processing methods in 3DEM and as focus on which to further advance our knowledge on these systems. Currently these systems are mainly focus on the replisome and, starting, on the centrosome.

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