Our Staff

Anna Veiga, PhD
Stem Cell Bank Director

Dr. Veiga obtained her PhD in Biological Sciences at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 1991. Since 2005, she is Director of the Stem Cell Bank of the CMRB., she is R&D+i Director of the Biology Area of the Reproductive Medicine of Dexeus Women Health, and Associate Professor of the Facultat de Ciències Experimental i de la Salut of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) from 2002. She has participated as coordinator and partner in the European human Pluripotent stem cell registry, funded by the European Commission (2007-2010, 2013-2017). She is involved in research projects related to the clinical application of cell therapy with pluripotent stem cells in the field of retinal degeneration. She is also interested in legislation and bioethics in hPSC research. Dr Veiga has published more than 300 scientific articles in national and international journals, 73 book chapters and has 6566 citations with an h-index of 41. She has participated as an organiser and speaker at international scientific events related to clinical embryology, reproductive genetics, stem cells, cell therapy and bioethics. Dr Veiga is currently an editorial member of numerous international and national scientific journals. She is an honorary member of several scientific societies, including the Società Italiana Embryology Reproduzzione e Riccerca (SIERR) and ASEBIR.

Begoña Aran, PhD
Stem Cell Bank Coordinator

Dr. Aran obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and her PhD in the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona.
She worked at the in vitro fertilization laboratory of the Institut Universitari Dexeus from 1986 to 2007. She was the Stem Cell Bank Coordinator at the CMRB between 2007 and 2010. From 2010 to 2012 she was the responsible for the Project Support Unit at the Advanced Therapies of the Catalan Transplant Organization (OCATT). Afterwards, from 2012 to 2014, she was in charge of the department of R&D+i and the Biotechnology Unit at the Mesoestetic Pharma Group in Barcelona. In March 2015, she re-joined at the CMRB as Stem Cell Bank Coordinator. Her activity is focused on the derivation, generation, culture, characterization and banking of human Pluripotent Stem Cell (hPSC) and their clinical translation. Coordinator of projects related to hPSC registration and hPSC banking. She is also interested in legislation and bioethics in hPSC research. She has published more than 60 scientific articles in national and international journals and 10 book chapters. She is professor in several masters related to her areas of interest.

Bernd Kuebler
Responsible of the reprogramming and iPSC platform

Dr. Kuebler obtained his PhD 1999 in Cell Biology/Biochemistry at the Cell Biology and Biochemistry Department, University of Göttingen, Germany, working in the field of Insulin-like Growth Factors and their binding proteins. From 1999 till 2006 he worked as a postdoc at the Biochemistry Department of the Children’s Hospital, University of Hamburg, Germany, on purification, characterization and identification of IGFBP proteases. 2006 he moved to the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona, Spain, where he worked on transcriptional regulation of c-Myc bound to histone modifiers. In 2011 he moved to the CMRB where he works as a research associate on integrating and non-integrating reprogramming methods of human cells. From 2013 on he was person in charge of the Cell Culture Platform at the CMRB. 2015 he moved to the Stem Cell Bank at the CMRB. He has vast experience in cell culture, including derivation of human cells from tissues, reprogramming of human cells, culturing and expansion of embryonic stem cells and induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC) and their characterization and banking. He has published more than 30 publications, with 840 citations and an h-index 16.

Anuska Linares Baraza
Assistant to Director