JUNIOR GROUP LEADER
I am an interdisciplinary scientist with a strong background in translational oncology, computational science and imaging, focused on clarifying and integrating complex data for cancer treatment development. My research focuses on the study of cellular and molecular mechanisms that direct cellular behavior in the context of tumor progression and treatment. During my early career steps I was trained as an imaging specialist (van Rheenen-lab), developing and applying non-invasive and single cell resolution technologies to monitor tumor and therapeutic cell behavior in living animals. Realizing that the field of imaging research was often hampered by the lack of tools to extract meaningful information from the data, I started to specialize in the development of new computational methods for the analysis of complex imaging data. In 2017, I joined the group of Dr. Anne Rios, where I focused on the development of computational techniques to study cellular behavior and perform large-scale tissue phenotyping in order to understand and improve the functionality of cell therapies against cancer. In 2023 I was granted a Junior Principal Investigator fellowship by the "Programa de Atraccion de Talento de la Comunidad de Madrid" that allowed me to start imAIgene-lab dedicated to the development of analytical approaches to discover biological patterns in the context of tumor progression and targeting. Moreover I am receptor of the prestigous "Beca Leonardo a Investigadores y Creadores Culturales" by the Fundacion BBVA in 2023.
I am Ana Ballesteros, a graduate in Biology from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid where I focused on the field of cell biology and genetics. My first approach to the use of computational tools in biomedical research was in the lymphoma group of IDIPHISA.
Currently, I´m studying the Master in Computational Biology at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid with great interest in training as an interdisciplinary professional in the field of biomedicine and bioinformatics/computational biology within the imAIgene-lab.