Israel S. Fernández

Ikerbasque Research Professor

The RNA Pirate Republic Laboratory

Biofisika Institute (CSIC-UPV/EHU)
Science Park of the UPV/EHU
Barrio Sarriena s/n. 48940 Leioa, Bizkaia (Spain)

Short bio

Dr. Israel S. Fernandez is an expert in cryo-EM based structural biology of protein-RNA complexes. While at the laboratory of the Nobel laureate Dr. Venki Ramakrishna at the LMB-MRC in Cambridge, Dr. Fernandez pioneered the elucidation of high-resolution cryo-EM structures of complete ribosomes that resulted in several seminal publications. As a group leader at Columbia University and St. Jude´s hospital in the US he has continued to make important contributions to understand the structural basis of RNA biology, from ribosomes to CRISPR/Cas. At the IBF he has stablished a research group focused on elucidating the ribosome contribution to the genomic expansion of retrotransposons in the human genome.