Sonia Prado


Sonia Prado López


Postdoctoral Fellow Phylogenomics lab, University of Vigo


Department of Biochemistry, Genetics and Immunology
School of Biology, University of Vigo, Vigo 36310, Spain
+34 986 130051



I define myself as a molecular and cellular biologist whose scientific career has been strongly influenced by the biology of stem cells and their potential applications in biomedicine .

Most of my work has focused on deciphering the properties and capabilities of embryonic and adult stem cells by using advanced molecular and genomic tools.  The generated knowledge was subsequently used to obtain high efficient differentiation protocols to treat different maladies.

Nowadays I am interested in the cancer Stem Cells origin and their role in tumor heterogeneity and metastasis. I  work also  in several projects related with the somatic evolution of cancer and in the development of new antitumoral nanotherapies.

Selected publications (last 5 years)

Sonia Prado-López, Noelia González-Ballesteros and M Carmen Rodríguez-Argüelles. 2017. Nanometals in Cancer diagnosis and therapy. Biomaterials in Clinical Practice – Advances in Clinical Research and Medical Devices. Springer. ISBN. In Press.

Noelia González-Ballesteros, David Pérez-Álvarez, M. Carmen Rodríguez-Argüelles, Marta S.C. Henriques, José A. Paixão, Sonia Prado-López. Synthesis, spectral characterization and X-ray crystallographic study of new copper(I) complexes. Antitumor activity in colon cancer. Polyhedron, Volume 119, 24 November 2016, Pages 112-119

Sonia Prado-López, Michelle M. Duffy, Claas Baustian, Senthilkumar Alagesan,Shirley A. Hanley, Matthew D. Griffin and Rhodri Ceredig. 2014. The influence of hypoxia on the differenciation capacities and immunosupresive properties of clonal mouse MSC lines. Immunology and Cell Biology 2014. 30; 92 (7): 612-23.

Sonia Tarazona, Sonia Prado-López, Joaquin Dopazo , Alberto Ferrer , Ana Conesa. 2011. Variable selection for multifactorial genomic data. Chemometrics and Intelligent laboratory Systems 110(1):113-122.

Escobedo-Lucea C, Ayuso-Sacido A, Xiong C, Prado-López S, Sanchez del Pino M,Melguizo D, Bellver-Estellés C, Gonzalez –Granero S, Valero L, Moreno R, Burks DJand Stojkovic M .2011. Development of a Novel Human Extracellular Matrix for Applications Related with human Embryonic Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering. Stem Cells. 8(1):170-83.

Prado-López S, Conesa A, Armiñán A, Martínez-Losa M, Escobedo-Lucea C, Gandia C, Tarazona S, Melguizo D, Blesa D, Montaner D, Sanz-González S, Sepúlveda P, Götz S, O’Connor JE, Moreno R, Dopazo J, Burks DJ, Stojkovic M. 2010. Hypoxia Promotes Efficient Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells to Functional Endothelium. Stem Cells. 28(3):407-18. 


  • 1994-1999 BA Biology. University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
  • 2000-2003 Research Fellow. University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
  • 2003-2005 MS Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
  • 2005-2010. Head of the Sequencing Core Facility. CIPF, Valencia ( Spain)
  • 2006-2010 PhD Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. University of Valencia (Spain)
  • 2010-2012 Postdoctoral Researcher. National University or Ireland  ( Ireland)
  • 2012-2013 MS in Clinical Trials Management.  Catholic University of Valencia (Spain)
  • 2013 Clinical Study Coordinator. HgU, Oncology Department (Spain)
  • 2014 Scientist. University of Vigo (Spain)