Aymara Mas, PhD
Dr Aymara Mas graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Valencia (2006) and specialized in assisted Human Reproduction Biotechnology (2008). She completed her PhD in Biotechnology, Genetics and Cell Biology in 2012, as Magna Cum Laude, guided by Dr Carlos Simon in Spain.
She completed her post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Professor Ayman Al-Hendy (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Augusta University, Georgia, USA), who works primarily on uterine disorders, including polycystic ovary syndrome and uterine leiomyomas.
Since 2012, she has contributed with her research to the identification and study of myometrial stem cells. She has been also studying the role of steroid hormone receptors, signalling pathways, somatic stem cells and genetic alterations in the pathogenesis and growth of uterine leiomyomas. Part of her work has been published in high-impact scientific journals. She has participated in national and international grants and has received international awards from the Society of Reproductive Investigation (SRI) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). In addition, she is currently supervisingmedical students in their final projects, as well as PhD students.
In 2016 she obtained a “Sara Borrell” position issued by the Institute of Health Carlos III and became part of the Foundation for Research of La Fe Hospital (IIS La Fe), Valencia, Spain.
Currently, she is working at the Igenomix Foundation as a researcher in the R&D department and her main research focus is in understanding the factors that contribute to the pathophysiology of uterine leiomyomas and leiomyosarcomas at a molecular level, through high-throughput sequencing technologies.