Leon Wert-Lamas, PhD, DVM


Leon Wert Lamas is currently an RNA Medicine scientist in Medical Oncology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and at Harvard Medical School.

He earned his License in Veterinary Medicine at Complutense University, Madrid, Spain, including clinical training at Hannover Veterinary School (Germany), where he completed his thesis on allergies in the laboratory of Prof. Wolfgang Leibold.

After finishing Veterinary School, where he specialized in the therapeutics of parasitic diseases, Leon completed a PhD on non-coding RNA medicine in thyroid cancer in the Laboratory of Pilar Santisteban at Sols Biomedical Institute and Autonoma University Medical School, Madrid. In his thesis work, he pioneered the use of microRNA mimics and modulators in thyroid cancer. During his PhD he did a 4-month internship at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston.

After completing his PhD, Leon accepted a Research Fellow position in the laboratory of Carl Novina, where he led projects on development of RNA interactions technology platforms, and discovery of therapeutically actionable non-coding RNA targets in the context of cancer, immuno-oncology and hematologic disease.

Leon was awarded prizes for best communication in Genetics at the 17th Congress of the European Society of Endocrinology (2015, Dublin), and the ”Best Published Work on Thyroid Disease Award“ by the Spanish Endocrinology Society (2015).