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Josipa Bilic Zimmermann holds a PhD in molecular biology and a title of University Expert in Project Management from La Salle, Ramon y Llull University. She has a broad international scientific background spanning cancer, stem cells and developmental biology. Her main duties in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program consist of providing scientific and administrative support to the team in acquiring competitive funds for the research, managing of the subsidized grants, as well as executing specific functions that may be delegated by the Director of the Program.


2016 – University Expert in Project Management, La Salle, Ramon y Llull University, Barcelona, Spain

2007 – PhD in Molecular Biology, University of Heidelberg, Germany

2003 – Degree in Molecular Biology, University of Zagreb, Croatia



2017 – current: Project Manager at Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO), Barcelona, Spain.

2013 – 2017: Postdoctoral researcher at Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR), CIBBIM-Nanomedicine, Barcelona, Spain

2007 – 2012: Postdoctoral researcher at Centre of Regenerative Medicine Barcelona CMR[B], Spain

2007: visiting researcher (PhD student) at European Molecular Biology Laboratories (EMBL)

2003 – 2007: PhD student at German Centre for Cancer Research (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany



05/2017 – “Claus per bioemprendre” course about bioentrepreneurship, organized by Bosch i Gimpera, Barcelona

01/2013 – 03/2013 Coursera – online course “Data Analysis” from Johns Hopkins University (online)

09/2012 – 10/2012 Coursera –online course “Computing for Data Analysis” using R language, from Johns Hopkins University (online)

11/2010 and 2/2011 – “Leading for Success in Science” course on team leadership in science, organized by HFP consulting in Barcelona, Spain



  • Rodrigues P, Macaya I, Bazzocco S, Mazzolini R, Andretta E, Dopeso H, Mateo-Lozano S, Bilić J, Cartón-García F, Nieto R, Suárez-López L, Afonso E, Landolfi S, Hernandez-Losa J, Kobayashi K, Cajal SR, Tabernero J, Tebbutt NC, Mariadason JM, Schwartz S Jr, Arango D. 2014. RHOA inactivation enhances Wnt signalling and promotes colorectal cancer. Nature Communications 5:5458
  • Vitaloni M, Pulecio J, Bilic J, Kuebler B, Laricchia-Robbio L, Izpisua Belmonte JC. 2014. MicroRNAs contribute to induced pluripotent stem cell somatic donor memory. J Biol Chem. 289(4):2084-98
  • Bilic J, Izpisúa Belmonte JC, 2012. Concise review: Induced pluripotent stem cells versus embryonic stem cells: close enough or yet too far apart? Stem Cells 30(1): 33-41.
  • Bilić J, Huang Y-L, Davidson G, Zimmermann T, Cruciat MC, Bienz M, Niehrs C, 2007. Wnt induces LRP-signalosomes and promotes Dishevelled-dependent LRP6 phosphorylation. Science 316: 1619-22
  • Davidson G, Wu W, Shen J, Bilić J, Fenger U, Stannek P, Glinka A and Niehrs C, 2005. Casein kinase 1 gamma couples Wnt receptor activation to cytoplasmic signal transduction. Nature 438: 867-72