Melchor, Lorenzo


Lorenzo Melchor

Doctor in Molecular and Cellular Biology by the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (2008) and Degree in Biology by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2003). His PhD focused on the molecular pathology of familial breast cancer, under the supervision of Dr Javier Benítez in the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) in Madrid; and spent two short stays in the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (US) with MD PhD Katherine L Nathanson. In 2008, Lorenzo joined Dr Matthew J Smalley’s team at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London, to study the impact of different carcinogenic alterations in mammary stem and progenitor cells. From 2011 to 2015, he developed a second postdoctoral experience with Prof Gareth J Morgan and Mel Greaves at the ICR, to characterise intratumour heterogeneity and its influence in personalised medicine in multiple myeloma, by applying the Theory of Natural Selection of Charles Darwin to tumour evolution. In his research career, Lorenzo is author of 30 scientific manuscript (h index=21), and has received funding from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (FPU), Fundación Ramón Areces, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Myeloma UK Foundation, and CRIS Cancer Foundation.

Lorenzo is the scientific promoter, Founding Member and first President of the Society of Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom (SRUK/CERU) from 2012 to 2014. He also was Director of Science Policy from January to September 2015, heading and coordinating the edition of the “Report of Recommendations for R&D in Spain for the General Elections 2015” that SRUK published in September 2015. He is author of 2 book chapters about science policy and different opinion articles (El País, Gaceta Médica,…) and has been interviewed for the campaign “15 Citas con la Ciencia” of Fundación Lilly and different media (La Sexta, RNE, EFE…). He has supported in the formation of other associations of Spanish scientists abroad and foreign scientists in the UK, and has organised different conferences such as “Destino: Reino Unido” en 2014, “CienciaUK 2015” and “CienciaUK 2016” in Madrid, or “Science+” in Bilbao in 2015.

Since October 2015, Lorenzo works in science diplomacy as the international scientific coordinator of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) in the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in the United Kingdom. He is the organiser of the first shadowing scheme between scientists and diplomats “Ambassadors for Science”, and the “Science in the Classroom” programme where different professionals engage with students. He also gives seminars and workshops to scientists about the researcher career, science mobility, and training for acquisition of transferable skills. Lastly, he gives support to the internationalisation of Spanish universities, research centres and R&D companies.