12th International Virology Summit
Instituto de Parasitología y Biomedicina “López-Neyra” (IPBLN-CSIC), Spain
Alfredo Berzal-Herranz has devoted his career to the RNA Biology. Got his PhD in the CIB-CSIC Madrid, then moved first to BMC (Sweden), University of Vermont (US) and finally to the Instituto de Parasitología y Biomedicina “López-Neyra” (IPBLN-CSIC) (Granada, Spain). Since 2005 to 2014 he was Director of the IPBLN. His contributions to the field include an unique in vitro selection procedure to study the sequence and structural requirements of the hairpin ribozyme/substrate complex. More recently, the identification of a long range RNA-RNA interaction sufficient to promote the HCV RNA genome circularization. Currently, his group is mainly focusing in the structure/function of viral genomic RNA domains and characterization of antiviral RNA molecules.