Leon Wert Lamas is currently a Scientist II at NextRNA.
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 as thyroid cancer therapeutics. During his PhD he did a 4-month internship at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston in the laboratory of Richard Gregory.
Leon was awarded prizes for best communication in Genetics at the 17th Congress of the European Society of Endocrinology (2015, Dublin), the ”Best Published Work on Thyroid Disease Award“ by the Spanish Endocrinology Society (2015), and the Best Poster in Genetics and Disease Biology at the 15th Annual Retreat of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT (2019).
After completing his PhD, Leon accepted a Research Fellow position in the laboratory of Carl Novina, where he led the development of platform technologies that was foundational work for NextRNA. Leon is excited to continue his work identifying and drugging disease-relevant RNA-protein interactions at NextRNA.