LAURA SOUCEK


Llocs de treball actuals

  • Cap de Modelització de teràpies anti-tumorals en ratolí
  • Profesora Investigadora de ICREA, 2014
  • Professora associada en el Departament de Bioquímica i Biologia Molecular, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • Fundadora i directora executiva (CEO) en Peptomycs S.L.
  • Editora científica a Cancer Discovery
  • Revisora de: Anti-cancer Drugs, BBA (Biochimica et Biophysica Acta), Cancer Discovery, Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy, Cancer Research, Cancer Treatment Reviews, Clinical Cancer Research, Current Pharmaceutical Design, Developmental Dynamics, Drug Discovery Today, Gastroenterology Research and Practice, International Journal of Biological Sciences, Journal of Experimental and Clinical Cancer Research, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Nature, Nature Cell Biology, Nature Communications, Nature MedicineOncogene, Oncogenesis, Oncology books (iConcept Press Ltd), Plos One, Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease, i Tumor Biology. Editora del llibre: “The Myc gene: methods and protocols” de la sèrie “Methods in Molecular Biology” (Humana Press).


Titulacions acadèmiques

  • 2014- Professora investigadora en ICREA.
  • 2015 – Professora associada en el Departament de Bioquímica i Biologia Molecular, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
  • Beca FERO. Projecte: “Atacar Myc en tumors i el seu microambient”. 2011-2013. Investigadora Principal.
  • 2006-2011 Biòloga molecular, investigadora assistent a la UCSF, San Francisco (Califòrnia) (investigadora titular: Prof. Gerard Evan), EUA
  • 2003-2006 Becària postdoctoral a l’Institut de Recerca Oncològica de la UCSF, San Francisco (Califòrnia) (investigadora principal: Prof. Gerard Evan), EUA
  • 2002-2003 Biòloga molecular a l’IBPM (Institut de Biologia Molecular i Patologia), CNR, Roma (supervisora: Dr. Sergio Nasi), Itàlia
  • 2001-2002 Becària postdoctoral al Centre Oncològic Integral, UCSF, San Francisco (Califòrnia (investigadora principal: Prof. Gerard Evan), EUA
  • 2001 Doctorada en genètica i biologia molecular per la Universitat La Sapienza, Roma (Itàlia).
  • 1997-1998 Investigadora en biologia molecular al Centre d’Àcids Nucleics, CNR, Universitat La Sapienza, Roma (Itàlia).
  • 1996 Llicenciatura en ciències biològiques amb la màxima qualificació a la Universitat La Sapienza, Roma (Itàlia).

Àrees de recerca

  • Inhibició del Myc i la seva validació com a possible tractament del càncer
  • Disseny i testatge de la viabilitat clínica d’ inhibidors Myc Omomyc – based
  • Desenvolupament de models preclínics per al tractament del càncer
  • Intercanvi de missatges (cross-talk) entre el tumor i el microentorn del tumor

Premis i beques

  • Beca d’investigació Miguel Servet del FIS, Ministeri de Sanitat i Consum. Projecte “Inhibició de la resposta inflamatòria dependent del Myc i el Myc en tractaments del càncer”. 2011-2014. Funcions: Investigadora titular
  • BECA DE LA FUNDACIÓ PEDIÀTRICA DEL CÀNCER BEAR NECESSITIES: Beca concedida per donar suport a un jove investigador excepcional en la recerca en càncer pediàtric. Tema: Modelatge del potencial terapèutic del Myc in vivo. 2009. Funcions: Investigadora titular
  • Premi AACR “Líders futurs, noves direccions”, en reconeixement de científics primerencs destacats en la recerca sobre el càncer. 2008Beca Keystone Symposia. 2007
  • Beca d’investigació de la Fondazione Adriano Buzzati-Traverso, Roma (Itàlia): Premi per a estudiants postdoctorals en biologia oncològica. Tema: El paper del Myc com a repressor i activador de la transcripció. 2002
  • Beca d’investigació postdoctoral CNR, Roma (Itàlia): El premi del concurs estava pensat per fer-se càrrec del sou dels joves investigadors que vulguin guanyar experiència en recerca en un país estranger. Objectiu: Disseny de dos models de ratolins diferents expressant un transgèn Myc dominant negatiu, Omomyc. 2001
  • Beca d’investigació de l’Associazione Italiana Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC), Roma (Itàlia): Premi per a joves investigadors en biologia oncològica. Tema: Interferència de l’efecte del Myc sobre l’estructura de la cromatina. 2001
  • Beca d’investigació del Centro Nazionale di Ricerca (CNR) per a estudiants de doctorat, Roma (Itàlia): Premi per a estudiants del programa de doctorat de genètica i biologia molecular. Tema: Disseny d’un Myc dominant negatiu per utilitzar-se en línies cel·lulars tumorals. 1998
  • Beca d’investigació per a graduats de la Fondazione Adriano Buzzati-Traverso, Roma (Itàlia): Premi predoctoral de biologia oncològica. L’objectiu principal d’aquest projecte era investigar l’especificitat de dimerització de les proteïnes bHLHZip. 1997.
  • Agenzia per il DIritto agli Studi Universitari (ADISU) Premi de reconeixement als millors estudiants de matemàtiques, ciències naturals i físiques, Roma (Itàlia). 1995

Publicacions científiques més rellevants

  • Massó-Vallés D, Jauset T, Soucek L. Ibrutinib repurposing: from B cell malignancies to solid tumors. Oncoscience. 2016 Jun 10;3(5-6):147-8.
  • Fiorentino FP, Tokgün E, Solé-Sánchez S, Giampaolo S, Tokgün O, Jauset T, Kohno T, Perucho M, Soucek L, Yokota J. Growth Suppression by MYC Inhibition in Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells with TP53 and RB1 Inactivation.  Oncotarget. 2016 May 24;7(21):31014-28.
  • Daniel Massó-Vallés, Toni Jauset and Laura Soucek. Ibrutinib repurposing: from B cell malignancies to solid tumors. Oncoscience. Onlibe Advanced Publication DOI: 10.18632/oncoscience.310. Editorial.
  • Francesco Paolo Fiorentino, Elvan Tokgün, Sònia Solé-Sánchez, Sabrina Giampaolo, Onur Tokgün, Toni Jauset, Takashi Kohno, Manuel Perucho, Laura Soucek, Jun Yokota. Growth Suppression by MYC Inhibition in Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells with TP53 and RB1 Inactivation. Oncotarget. 2016 Apr 18. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.8826. [Epub ahead of print] Article.
  • Stephanie C. Casey, Monica Vaccari, Fahd Al-Mulla, Rabeah Al-Temaimi, Amedeo Amedei, Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, Dustin Brown, Marion Chapellier, […], Sandra Ryeom, Hosni K. Salem, Ivana Scovassi,  Neetu Singh, Laura Soucek, Louis Vermeulen, Jonathan R. Whitfield, Jordan Woodrick, Annamaria Colacci, William H. Bisson, and Dean W. Felsher. Assessing the Carcinogenic Potential of Environmental Chemicals: The Tumor Microenvironment. Carcinogenesis. 2015 Jun;36 Suppl 1:S160-83. Review.
  • Daniel Massó-Vallés, Toni Jauset, Erika Serrano, Nicole M. Sodir, Kim Pedersen, Nesrine I. Affara, Jonathan R. Whitfield, Marie-Eve Beaulieu, Gerard I. Evan, Laurence Elias, Joaquín Arribas and Laura Soucek. Ibrutinib exerts potent anti-fibrotic and anti-tumor activity in mouse transgenic and patient derived xenograft models of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Cancer Res. 2015 Apr 15; 75(8): 1675-1681. Article.
  • Daniela Annibali, Jonathan R Whitfield, Emilia Favuzzi, Toni Jauset, Erika Serrano, Isabel Cuartas, Sara Redondo-Campos, Gerard Folch, Alba Gonzàlez-Juncà, Nicole M Sodir, Daniel Massó-Vallés, Marie-Eve Beaulieu, Lamorna B Swigart, Margaret M Mc Gee, Maria Patrizia Somma, Sergio Nasi, , Joan Seoane, Gerard I Evan, and Laura Soucek. Myc Inhibition as a Therapeutic Strategy Against Glioma: a Role for Myc in Proficient Mitosis. Nat Communications. 2014 Aug 18;5:4632. Article.
  • Laura Soucek, Jonathan R. Whitfield, Nicole M. Sodir, Daniel Massó-Vallés, Erika Serrano, Anthony N. Karnezis, Lamorna Brown Swigart and Gerard I. Evan. Inhibition of Myc family proteins eradicates KRas-driven lung cancer in mice. Genes Dev. 2013 Mar 1;27(5):504-13. Article.
  • Whitfield J, Soucek L. Tumor microenvironment: becoming sick of Myc. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2012, 69(6), 931-934. Review.
  • Nicole M Sodir, Lamorna Brown Swigart, Anthony N Karnezis, Douglas Hanahan, Gerard Evan and Laura Soucek. Endogenous Myc maintains the tumor microenvironment. Genes Dev. 2011 May 1;25(9):907-16. Epub 2011 Apr 8. Article.
  • Andrew Finch*, Laura Soucek*, Melissa Junttila, Lamorna Brown Swigart and Gerard I. Evan. Acute over-expression of Myc in intestinal epithelium recapitulates some but not all the changes elicited by Wnt/β-catenin pathway activation. Mol Cell Biol. 2009 Oct;29(19):5306-15. Epub 2009 Jul 27. Article. *Joint first authors
  • Laura Soucek, Jonathan Whitfield, Carla P. Martins, Andrew J. Finch, Nicole M. Sodir, Lamorna Brown Swigart, Sergio Nasi and Gerard I. Evan. Modelling Myc inhibition as a cancer therapy. Nature. 2008 Oct 2;455(7213):679-83. Epub 2008 Aug 17. Article.
  • Soucek L, Lawlor ER, Soto D, Shchors K, Swigart LB, Evan GI. Mast cells are required for angiogenesis and macroscopic expansion of Myc-induced pancreatic islet tumors. Nat Med. 2007 Oct;13(10):1211-8. Epub 2007 Sep 30. Article.
  • Maria A. Christophorou, Dionisio Martin-Zanca, Laura Soucek, Elizabeth Lawlor, Emmy Verschuren, Lamorna Brown-Swigart and Gerard I. Evan. Temporal dissection of p53 function in vitro and in vivo.Nature Genetics. 2005 Jul;37(7):718-26. Article.
  • Laura Soucek, Sergio Nasi, and Gerard Evan. Omomyc expression in skin prevents Myc-induced papillomatosis. Cell Death Differ. 2004 Sep;11(9):1038-45. Article.
  • Laura Soucek and Gerard Evan. Myc – is this the oncogene from Hell?. Cancer Cell. 2002 June; 1(5): 406-408. Review.
  • Laura Soucek, Richard Jucker, Laura Panacchia, Ruggero Ricordy, Franco Tatò, and Sergio Nasi. Omomyc, a Potential Myc Dominant Negative, Enhances Myc-induced Apoptosis. Cancer Res. 2002; 62: 3507-3510. Article.
  • Soucek L., Citterich M.H., Sacco A., Jucker R., Cesareni G. and Nasi S. Design and properties of a Myc derivative that efficiently homodimerizes. Oncogene. 1998, 17(19): 2463-2472. Article.

Totes les publicacions

  • Massó-Vallés D, Jauset T, Soucek L. Ibrutinib repurposing: from B cell malignancies to solid tumors. Oncoscience. 2016 Jun 10;3(5-6):147-8.
  • Fiorentino FP, Tokgün E, Solé-Sánchez S, Giampaolo S, Tokgün O, Jauset T, Kohno T, Perucho M, Soucek L, Yokota J. Growth Suppression by MYC Inhibition in Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells with TP53 and RB1 Inactivation.  Oncotarget. 2016 May 24;7(21):31014-28.
  • Francesco Paolo Fiorentino, Elvan Tokgün, Sònia Solé-Sánchez, Sabrina Giampaolo, Onur Tokgün, Toni Jauset, Takashi Kohno, Manuel Perucho, Laura Soucek, Jun Yokota. Growth Suppression by MYC Inhibition in Small Cell Lung Cancer Cells with TP53 and RB1 Inactivation. Oncotarget. 2016 Apr 18. doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.8826. [Epub ahead of print] Article.
  • Cecconi F, Soucek L, Taub DD, Ziparo E. Live or Die: Choice Mechanisms in Stressed Cells. Mediators Inflamm. 2015; 2015:454863. Epub 2015 Oct 8. Editorial.
  • William H. Goodson III, Leroy Lowe, David O. Carpenter, Michael Gilbertson, Abdul Manaf Ali, Adela Lopez de Cerain Salsamendi, […], Laura Soucek, […], Zhiwei Hu. Assessing the Carcinogenic Potential of Low Dose Exposures to Chemical Mixtures in the Environment: The Challenge Ahead.Carcinogenesis. 2015 Jun;36 Suppl 1:S254-96. Review.
  • Stephanie C. Casey, Monica Vaccari, Fahd Al-Mulla, Rabeah Al-Temaimi, Amedeo Amedei, Mary Helen Barcellos-Hoff, Dustin Brown, Marion Chapellier, […], Sandra Ryeom, Hosni K. Salem, Ivana Scovassi,  Neetu Singh, Laura Soucek, Louis Vermeulen, Jonathan R. Whitfield, Jordan Woodrick, Annamaria Colacci, William H. Bisson, and Dean W. Felsher. Assessing the Carcinogenic Potential of Environmental Chemicals: The Tumor Microenvironment. Carcinogenesis. 2015 Jun;36 Suppl 1:S160-83. Review.
  • Daniel Massó-Vallés, Toni Jauset, Erika Serrano, Nicole M. Sodir, Kim Pedersen, Nesrine I. Affara, Jonathan R. Whitfield, Marie-Eve Beaulieu, Gerard I. Evan, Laurence Elias, Joaquín Arribas and Laura Soucek. Ibrutinib exerts potent anti-fibrotic and anti-tumor activity in mouse transgenic and patient derived xenograft models of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Cancer Res. 2015 Apr 15; 75(8): 1675-1681. Article.
  • Whitfield J, Littlewood T, Evan GI, Soucek L. The estrogen receptor fusion system in mouse models: a reversible switch. Cold Spring Harb Protoc. 2015 Mar 2;2015(3):pdb.top069815. doi: 10.1101/pdb.top069815. Book chapter.
  • Whitfield J, Littlewood T, Soucek L. Tamoxifen administration to mice. Cold Spring Harb Protoc. 2015 Mar 2;2015(3):pdb.prot077966. doi: 10.1101/pdb.prot077966. Book chapter.
  • Daniela Annibali, Jonathan R Whitfield, Emilia Favuzzi, Toni Jauset, Erika Serrano, Isabel Cuartas, Sara Redondo-Campos, Gerard Folch, Alba Gonzàlez-Juncà, Nicole M Sodir, Daniel Massó-Vallés, Marie-Eve Beaulieu, Lamorna B Swigart, Margaret M Mc Gee, Maria Patrizia Somma, Sergio Nasi, , Joan Seoane, Gerard I Evan, and Laura Soucek. Myc Inhibition as a Therapeutic Strategy Against Glioma: a Role for Myc in Proficient Mitosis. Nat Communications. 2014 Aug 18;5:4632. Article.
  • Book: “The Myc gene”, Methods and Protocols, Series: Methods in Molecular Biology, Vol. 1012. Soucek, Laura; Sodir, Nicole M. (Editors) 2013. A product of Humana Press.
  • Nicole M. Sodir and Laura Soucek. Chapter: The Myc world within reach. “Myc: Methods and Protocols” Book, Methods Mol Biol. 2013;1012:1-6. Book chapter.
  • Laura Soucek, Jonathan R. Whitfield, Nicole M. Sodir, Daniel Massó-Vallés, Erika Serrano, Anthony N. Karnezis, Lamorna Brown Swigart and Gerard I. Evan.  Inhibition of Myc family proteins eradicates KRas-driven lung cancer in mice. Genes Dev. 2013 Mar 1;27(5):504-13. Article.
  • Whitfield J, Soucek L. Tumor microenvironment: becoming sick of Myc. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2012, 69(6), 931-934. Review.
  • Oscar M. Pello, Maria De Pizzol, Massimiliano Mirolo, Laura Soucek, Luca Zammataro, Angelo Amabile, Andrea Doni, Lamorna B. Swigart, Gerard I. Evan, Alberto Mantovani, Massimo Locati. c-Myc controls alternative activation of human macrophages and tumor-associated macrophage biology.Blood. 2012,  119(2), 411-421. Article.
  • Laura Soucek, Joseph J Buggy, Roderik Kortlever, Shanthi Adimoolam, Lamorna Brown Swigart and Gerard Evan. Modeling mast cell inhibition by PCI-32765 as potential therapy for insulinoma. Neoplasia. 2011; 13(11):1093–100. Article.
  • Mauro Savino, Daniela Annibali, Nicoletta Carucci, Laura Soucek, Gerard Evan, Sergio Nasi. The Action Mechanism of the Myc Inhibitor Termed Omomyc May Give Clues on How to Target Myc for Cancer Therapy. PLoS One. 2011;6(7):e22284. Epub 2011 Jul 21. Article.
  • Nicole M Sodir, Lamorna Brown Swigart, Anthony N Karnezis, Douglas Hanahan, Gerard Evan and Laura Soucek. Endogenous Myc maintains the tumor microenvironment. Genes Dev. 2011 May 1;25(9):907-16. Epub 2011 Apr 8. Article.
  • Fukazawa T, Maeda Y, Matsuoka J, Yamatsuji T, Shigemitsu K, Morita I, Faiola F, Durbin ML, Soucek L, Naomoto Y. Inhibition of Myc effectively targets KRAS mutation-positive lung cancer expressing high levels of Myc. Anticancer Res. 2010 Oct;30(10):4193-200. Article.
  • Soucek L, Evan GI. The ups and downs of Myc biology. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2010 Feb;20(1):91-95. Epub 2009 Dec 3. Review.
  • Andrew Finch*, Laura Soucek*, Melissa Junttila, Lamorna Brown Swigart and Gerard I. Evan. Acute over-expression of Myc in intestinal epithelium recapitulates some but not all the changes elicited by Wnt/β-catenin pathway activation. Mol Cell Biol. 2009 Oct;29(19):5306-15. Epub 2009 Jul 27. Article. *Joint first authors
  • Laura Soucek, Jonathan Whitfield, Carla P. Martins, Andrew J. Finch, Nicole M. Sodir, Lamorna Brown Swigart, Sergio Nasi and Gerard I. Evan. Modelling Myc inhibition as a cancer therapy. Nature. 2008 Oct 2;455(7213):679-83. Epub 2008 Aug 17. Article.
  • Soucek L, Lawlor ER, Soto D, Shchors K, Swigart LB, Evan GI. Mast cells are required for angiogenesis and macroscopic expansion of Myc-induced pancreatic islet tumors. Nat Med. 2007 Oct;13(10):1211-8. Epub 2007 Sep 30. Article.
  • Finch A, Prescott J, Shchors K, Hunt A, Soucek L, Dansen TB, Swigart LB, Evan GI. Bcl-x(L) gain of function and p19(ARF) loss of function cooperate oncogenically with Myc in vivo by distinct mechanisms. Cancer Cell. 2006 Aug;10(2):113-120. Article.
  • Elizabeth R. Lawlor, Laura Soucek,  Lamorna Brown-Swigart, Ksenya Shchors, Uli Bialucha, Gerard I. Evan. Reversible Kinetic Analysis of Myc Targets In vivo Provides Novel Insights into Myc-Mediated Tumorigenesis. Cancer Res. 2006 May 1;66(9):4591-601. Article.
  • Maria A. Christophorou, Dionisio Martin-Zanca, Laura Soucek, Elizabeth Lawlor, Emmy Verschuren, Lamorna Brown-Swigart and Gerard I. Evan. Temporal dissection of p53 function in vitro and in vivo.Nature Genetics. 2005 Jul;37(7):718-26. Article.
  • Laura Soucek, Sergio Nasi, and Gerard Evan. Omomyc expression in skin prevents Myc-induced papillomatosis. Cell Death Differ. 2004 Sep;11(9):1038-45. Article.
  • Satoshi Kanasawa, Laura Soucek, Gerard Evan, Takashi Okamoto, and B. Matija Peterlin. c-Myc recruits P-TEFb for transcription, cellular proliferation and apoptosis. Oncogene. 2003 Aug 28;22(36):5707-11. Article.
  • Laura Soucek and Gerard Evan. Myc – is this the oncogene from Hell?. Cancer Cell. 2002 June; 1(5): 406-408. Review.
  • Laura Soucek, Richard Jucker, Laura Panacchia, Ruggero Ricordy, Franco Tatò, and Sergio Nasi. Omomyc, a Potential Myc Dominant Negative, Enhances Myc-induced Apoptosis. Cancer Res. 2002; 62: 3507-3510. Article.
  • Mandolesi G, Gargano S, Pennuto M, Illi B, Molfetta R, Soucek L, Mosca L, Levi A, Jucker R, Nasi S. NGF-dependent and tissue-specific transcription of vgf is regulated by a CREB-p300 and bHLH factor interaction. FEBS Lett. 2002. ¡ 510(1-2):50-6. Article.
  • Sergio Nasi, Roberta Ciarapica, Richard Jucker, Jessica Rosati and Laura Soucek. Making decisions through Myc. FEBS. 2001. 490(3): 153-162. Review.
  • Sergio Nasi and Laura Soucek. p53 Gene e Proteina, Enciclopedia Medica Italiana, Tomo III, 2000, 4313-4323. Book chapter.
  • Soucek L., Citterich M.H., Sacco A., Jucker R., Cesareni G. and Nasi S. Design and properties of a Myc derivative that efficiently homodimerizes. Oncogene. 1998, 17(19): 2463-2472. Article.