My main research focus is attempting to unravel the functional activity of extracellular RNA. I am interested in understanding if miRNAs are taken up from the extracellular environment to regulate gene expression in various biological states, including cancer and development.

During my PhD I studied RNA regulation in the nervous system. I started by studying a novel class of RNAs, circular RNAs, and found they globally accumulate in the aging mouse nervous system. In addition, I investigated the in vivo role of extended 3′ UTR isoforms in mouse neurodevelopment.

In my spare time I love drawing and exploring San Francisco.

recent publications

Gruner H, Cortés-López M. CircRNA accumulation in the aging mouse brain.. Vol 6. Cooper DA, editor.; 2016. (Sci Rep; vol 6).