Carolina Carrasco

Distinguished Researcher (with certificated I3)


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Physics degree
Optics and Optometry degree
PhD in Physics

During her PhD period, she studied the mechanical response of single viruses and microtubules upon deformation as well as the dynamics of the kinesin motors in liquids by using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) under the supervision of Dr. P.J. de Pablo. On 2008, she obtained the Doctoral Degree in Physics Science with “Cum Laude” qualification and it was awarded with the high-level competitive “Ph.D. Extraordinary Prize” of the Faculty of Sciences of Autónoma University of Madrid.

From 2008 to 2009 she joined as postdoc at ICMM-CSIC, under the supervision of Dr. P.A. Serena, where they explored Frequency Modulation AFM to show true high resolution of viruses at single molecule level in physiological conditions.

In 2009, she moved to CNB-CSIC, under the supervision of Prof. F. Moreno-Herrero, to study recombination DNA break repair by using Magnetic Tweezers (MT) technique. From 2009 to 2011 she was supported by a contract of the European Council Research. In June 2011, she was awarded with a high-level competition “Juan de la Cierva” fellowship. From 2016 to 2018, she was funded through the Severo Ochoa Award for Centers of Excellence granted to the CNB-CSIC to study the fundamental biological process of Rolling-Circle plasmid Replication.

In 2019, she moved to the University of Tübingen (Germany) to work in the group of Prof. Erik Schaeffer with the aim of incorporating the Optical Tweezers (OT) technique into their repertoire of single-molecule biophysical methods. During her stay, they had a postdoctoral contract (2019-2021) and was awarded with the prestigious “Humboldt Fellowship Experienced Researcher” fellowship (2021-2023).

In 2019, she successfully overcame the selection process to fill a permanent position as a Distinguished Researcher in the CNB-CSIC and the incorporation was postponed until January 2024 to conclude her research in Germany funded by the Humboldt program.

Her scientific contribution has resulted in a total of 37 publications in peer-reviewed articles, of which 33 are indexed. Notably, she has 6 articles in the multidisciplinary journal PNAS, where she is the first author in 4 of them. The total number of citations is ~1100, with an average of 33 citations per article and an H-index of 15.

In summary, her work has a multidisciplinary nature, investigating phenomena at the intersection of biology and physics. This includes exploring the mechanical properties of viruses, microtubules, and nucleic acids, as well as studying the dynamics of molecular motors. Throughout their career, they have demonstrated leadership skills, coordination abilities, national and international collaborations, student supervision, and initiative in executing projects, publishing in highly prestigious international journals.


My Skills

Multidisciplinary background. Expert in single-molecule biophysics.

  • Optical Tweezers
  • Magnetic Tweezers
  • AFM

My Achievements

  • Ph.D. Extraordinary Prize (2008)
  • Juan de la Cierva fellowship (2011)
  • Humboldt Fellowship Experienced Researcher (2019-2023)
  • Distinguished Researcher (2019)