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Dr Nerea Alonso graduated in Biochemistry from the University of Salamanca, Spain in 2003 and then she received her PhD in Cancer Biology and Clinical Studies at the same University. Her PhD research focused on the molecular analysis of patients with Gorlin syndrome, a rare disease involving developmental alterations and basal cell carcinomas. In 2008 she moved to Edinburgh, UK, joining the Rheumatology and Bone Disease Unit as a postdoctoral research fellow. She has been working on the characterisation of a model for Paget’s disease of bone and she has been active part of an international consortium to study osteoporosis (GEFOS), leading a collaborative effort to identify genetic variants predisposing to clinical vertebral fractures in postmenopausal females. Dr Alonso is also interested in pharmacogenomics applied to the treatment of osteoporosis, and she has recently been awarded with a grant from the Scottish Chief Scientist Office to perform genetic profiling to predict the response to treatment in patients with severe osteoporosis.
Dr Alonso is a member of the European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS), the European Human Genetics Society and the British Bone Research Society. She was awarded the ECTS New Investigator Award in 2013, as well as other prizes at international conferences. More recently, she was elected as a member of the ECTS Academy, which represents the most talented postdoc researchers in the musculoskeletal field in Europe.