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Raúl Padrón

Dr. Raúl Padrón, PhD in Physiology and Biophysics of IVIC (1979), is Professor at the Department of Radiology, Division of Cell Biology and Imaging, University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A. and Senior Emeritus Investigator at the Center of Structural Biology (CBE) of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC) in Caracas, Venezuela, where he started his scientifc career as visiting student in 1966. After his postdoctoral work with Hugh E. Huxley at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (Cambridge, UK) (supported by the Alberto Vollmer Foundation)  he founded the Deparment of Structural Biology of IVIC in 1997, where he was an International Research Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) from 1997 until 2011. He has devoted his career to the study of the structure and function of the myosin thick filaments of skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle and the myosin interacting-head motif (IHM) structure and function, with their implications on the muscle relaxed state, super-relaxation, thick filament activation and human muscle diseases like hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathy. His honors includes: Polar Prize ("Lorenzo Mendoza Fleury" Prize) (1991) of Fundación Empresas Polar (FEP); CONICIT Biology Prizes (1989, 1990, 1996); FONACIT Biology Prize (2005); and the National Prize in Science and Technology of Venezuela (2008). He is an elected member of the Latin-American Academy of Sciences (ACAL) (2002), and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) (2004),  and an elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A (2018) (see note in Spanish here).

Center of Structural Biology (CBE) "Humberto Fernández-Morán" - Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC)
CBE is a node of the Centro de Biología Estructural del Mercosur (CeBEM), houses the Centro Latino-Américano FEI de Crio-Microscopía Electrónica (CLAFCME)
and was founded in honor of Humberto Fernández-Morán, the cryo-EM pioneer.
Read (in Spanish) how the Center of Structural Biology "Humberto Fernández-Morán was created
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  Contact: Centro de Biología Estructural "Humberto Fernández-Morán", IVIC, APDO 20632, Caracas 1020A, Venezuela.  Phone:+58-212-504-1435/1717/1434 (sec/adm) Fax:-1444 
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Supramolecular Structure Laboratory´s  muscle team - IVIC´s Center of Structural Biology
Three generations on muscle physiology and structure at I.V.I.C.
Gustavo Márquez, Lorenzo Alamo, Raúl Padrón, Antonio Pinto and sebastian Duno
Raúl Padrón, Sebastian Duno & Carlo Caputo - February 2, 2018
Dr. Gustavo  Márquez, Lic. Lorenzo Alamo, Dr. Raúl Padrón, Electronic Engineer. Antonio Pinto  and Lic Sebastian Duno
Dr. Raúl Padrón, Lic. Sebastian Duno and Dr. Carlo Caputo
Instituto de Biología Experimental, UCV, Caracas, Venezuela - February 2, 2018 (Photograph credit: Dr. Pura Bolaños)

Padrón lab people
Structural Biology Laboratory 2018
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From right to left:   Sebastian Duno, Ruth García, Gustavo Márquez, Pura Bolaños (CBB) , Antonio Pinto, Lorenzo Alamo and Raúl Padrón.   June 2018
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Current members: 
Retired Research Associates (working ad honorem): 
Electronic Eng. Antonio Pinto EE, Lic. Biology Lorenzo  Alamo
Research associates:
Dr. Gustavo Márquez, M. Sc. Ruth García,  Lic. Biol.  Sebastián Duno
Former members:
Associated Investigators: Dr. Guidenn Sulbarán (Now in France)
Former research Associates:
Dr. Jose Reinaldo Guerrero (Retired), M. Sc. Maristela Granados, Eng. Franklin Méndez (Now in Colombia), Dr. Aivett Bilbao (Now in U.S.A.), M. Sc. Galax Joya (Now in Chile)
Postdoctoral Fellows: Dr. Carlos Hidalgo 1997-2000 (Now in U.S.A.),  Dr. Rosalba Rodriguez 2009-2012 (Now at IVIC-CBE),  Dr. Guidenn Sulbáran 2009-2012 (France 20-2-2016),  Dr. Lucía Proietti d´Speratti (Now in U.S.A. 1-2-2016)
Ph. D Graduates:
Dr. Jose Reinaldo Guerrero 1995, Dr. Julio Ortiz 2002 (Now in France),  Dr. María Elena Zoghbi 2003 (Now in U.S.A.), Dr. Reicy Brito 2010 (Now in Spain).
M. Sc. Graduates,: 
Dr. Nelly Panté 1986 (Now in Canada),  Dr. José Reinaldo Guerrero 1989,  M. Sc. Maristela Granados 1993,  M. Sc. Karina Temperini 2001 (Argentina, now in Argentina),  M. Sc. Nelitza  Linarez 2001,  Dr. Antonio Biasutto 2011- (Now in U.K.).
Lic. Biology graduates:
Dr.Hernando Sosa 1986 (Now in U.S.A.),  Lic. Patricia Valero 1991, Lic. Jackeline Rodriguez 1991 
B. Sc. Graduates:
Dr. Claire L. Riggs 2010 (U.S.A., now in U.S.A.)
Lab visitors
Dr.Robert Perz-Edwards  1991-1992 (U.S.A., now in U.S.A.),  Leroy Lindsay MD 2005 (U.S.A., now in Spain),  Mina-Han Tran 2008/2009 (U.S.A., now in U.S.A.)
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