Josep Santalo was born in Barcelona in 1957. He graduated in biology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain, in 1980, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1985, obtaining the Ph.D. special award in biology. Since 1985 he has been Associate Professor in cell biology and from 2009 is Full Professor in the same academic field, developing his educational task at the Faculty of Bioscience, Autonomous University of Barcelona, where he is teaching cell biology, biology of reproduction, and bioethics. He has participated in the Ph.D. program in cell biology, Master in Biotechnology, and Master in Biology of Reproduction & Human Assisted Reproduction Techniques. He has been General Coordinator of Biology studies, Vice Dean at the Faculty of Science, and Research Vice Rector of this university. He has been director of several research projects about the genetic characterization and freezing of preimplantation mammalian embryos, oocyte maturation in vitro, transgenic animal production, nuclear reprogramming, and derivation of embryonic stem cells in mice and humans. He has been Cofounder of Grup d'Investigació en Embrions Preimplantacionals Humans (GIEPH), a research team that achieved, in 1993, the first case in Spain and third in the world of sex selection by preimplantation genetic diagnosis. He is Member of the Bioethics and Law Observatory of the University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, of the working group for Studies and Reflexions on Ethics about Biomedical Research, and of the Catalan Bioethics Committee and President of the Ethics Committee for Animal and Human Research and of the Biosafety Committee of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is Member of the Advisory Committee of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), Vice President of Asociación para el Estudio de la Biología de la Reproducción (ASEBIR), and Member of other scientific societies such as British Society for the Study of Fertility, Sociedad Española de Fertilidad, and Societat Catalana de Biologia.
Biography Updated on 31 January 2013