Centro Andaluz de Biología Molecular y Medicina Regenerativa
Vivian Capilla González

Email: vivian.capilla@cabimer.es


Main Research Lines:

  1. Mesenchymal stem cell-based therapy for the treatment of inflammatory disorders
  1. Development of strategies to prevent side effects of cancer treatments in preclinical models
  1. Cellular and Molecular basis of radiation-related damages

I performed my PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Jose Manuel Garcia-Verdugo (University of Valencia, Spain 2006-2011), one of the pioneer in describing adult neurogenesis. My main research described how the postnatal exposure to the mutagen N-ethyl-nitrosourea (ENU) disrupts neurogenesis and induces neurofunctional impairments in a mouse model (Eur J Neurosci 2010, PlosOne 2011). Results from this research demonstrated that non-carcinogenic concentrations of ENU are also harmful for the health by exhausting neural stem cell compartments. Furthermore, I also studied how aging compromises the adult neurogenic niches in mice, describing the changes occurring at the cellular and molecular levels (Front Cell Neurosci. 2013, Glia 2014, Front Cell Neurosci. 2015). These studies highlight the concept that stem cells persist in the aged brain in a quiescent state and provide new insight into the use of endogenous activation as a possible strategy for fighting neurological diseases associated with senescence.

After earning my PhD degree (2011), I moved to the USA to join the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, led by Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa. Dr. Quiñones-Hinojosa is an internationally recognized neurosurgeon. During my postdoctoral stay at Johns Hopkins, I studied the impact of oncological radiotherapy on normal brain tissue and neurofunction (Stem Cells 2012, Stem Cells 2014, Stem Cell Res. 2016). These reports provided a more complete understanding of the effects that radiotherapy has on the neural stem cell compartments. We also demonstrated that radiation weakens the regenerative capacity of the brain. Simultaneously, I was also involved in a project evaluating the role of NHE9 in glioblastoma progression, using patient-derived brain tumor initiating stem cells (Nat Commun 2015). Results from this report evidenced that NHE9 could be used as a novel chemotherapeutic target to treat glioblastoma.

In 2014, I returned to Spain to continue my work on stem cells field by joining the Dr. Bernat Soria´s group at CABIMER. Dr. Bernat Soria has been worldly recognized by his contribution to the field of biomedical sciences. His group gave me the opportunity of meeting a highly qualified team in both basic and clinical research on regenerative medicine and cell therapy with the know-how of producing cellular medicament under Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). Here, I worked in several projects based on cell therapy to treat major health problems, such diabetes or ischemia (Mol Ther 2018, Mol Ther-Nucleic Acids 2018). Furthermore, I have developed my own line of research to investigate cell-based strategies to prevent radiation-induced damages in the brain.


ORCID: 0000-0003-2020-1662
ResearcherID: H-6994-2017
Scopus: 16686280800

Principal investigator:

Prevención de Los Daños Por Radioterapia Mediante Aplicación de Terapia Celular: Una Estrategia Anti- Inflamatoria (PI-0272-2017) Consejería de Salud de la Junta de Andalucía.

Implicaciones de la radiación en la capacidad regenerativa endógena del cerebro (PI-0109-2014) FUNDACION PUBLICA ANDALUZA PROGRESO Y SALUD – JUNTA DE ANDALUCIA.

+VIDA: Prevención de las Complicaciones Neurológicas del Tratamiento del Cáncer Infantil (2018-000237). Precipita – Fundación española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología ‘FECYT’


NOMA (No-MOre-Amputations) (PIC18/00010). Instituto de Salud Carlos III. Proyectos de investigación en Terapias Avanzadas.


Preparación de un medicamento celular basado en la obtención de células productoras de insulina diferenciadas procedentes de células pluripotentes humanas. Instituto de Salud Carlos III. Proyectos de investigación en salud.



Centro de Investigacion Biomedica en Enfermedades Neurodegenerativas (CIBERNED) CB06/05/1131 Instituto de Salud Carlos III.


Bernat Soria, Alejandro Martin-Montalvo, Yolanda Aguilera, Nuria Mellado-Damas, Javier Lopez-Beas, Isabel Herrera-Herrera, Maria Escarlata Lopez, Juan A. Barcia, Manuel Alvarez Dolado, Abdelkrim Hmadcha and Vivian Capilla-González. Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Prevent Neurological Complications of Radiotherapy. Front Cell Neurosci 2019

Vivian Capilla-González; Javier López-Beas; Natalia Escacena; Yolanda Aguilera; Antonio de la Cuesta; Vivian Capilla-Gonzalez; Franz Martín; Abdelkrim Hmadcha; Bernat Soria. PDGF restores the defective phenotype of adipose-derived mesenchymal stromal cells from diabetic patients. Molecular Therapy 2018

Javier López-Beas*; Vivian Capilla-González*; Yolanda Aguilera; Nuria Mellado; Christian C. Lachaud; Franz Martín; Vivian Capilla-Gonzalez; Bernat Soria; Abdelkrim Hmadcha. miR-7 modulates human embryonic stem cell differentiation into insulin-producing beta-like cells and contributes to cell maturation. Molecular Therapy – Nucleic Acids 2018.

Mendivil-Perez, M; Soto-Mercado, V; Fernandez-Gil, B; Guerra Librero, A; Florido, J; Shen, YQ; Vivian Capilla-Gonzalez; Tejada, M; Garcia-Verdugo, JM; Acuña-Castroviejo, D; Carlos-López, C; Velez-Pardo, C; Jimenez-Del-Rio, M; Rusanova, I; Escames, G. Melatonin enhances neural stem cell differentiation and engraftment by increasing mitochondrial function. Journal of Pineal Research. 2017

Hugo Guerrero-Cázares; Emily Lavey; Linda Chen; Paula Schiapparelli; Montserrat Lara-Velazquez; Vivian Capilla-Gonzalez; Gabrielle Drummond; Anna Clements; Liron Noiman; Katrina Thaler; Anne Burke; Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa. Robo1 regulates the migration of human subventricular zone neural progenitor cells during development. Stem Cells 2017

Angela Fontan Lozano; Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; Yolanda Aguilera; Nuria Mellado; Angel Carrion; Bernat Soria; Abdelkrim Hmadcha. Impact of transient downregulation of DREAM in human embryonic stem cell pluripotency. Stem Cell Research 2016

Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; Janice M Bonsu; Kristin J Redmond; Jose Manuel Garcia Verdugo; Alfredo Quiñones Hinojosa 2016. Implications of Irradiating the Subventricular Zone Stem Cell Niche. Stem Cell Research 2016

Kalyan Kondapalli; Jose Llongueras; Vivian Capilla-Gonzalez; Hari Prasad; Anniesha Hack; Christopher Smith; Hugo Guerrero-Cázares; Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa; Rajini Rao. A leak pathway for luminal protons in endosomes drives oncogenic signaling in glioblastoma. Nature Communications 2015

Natalia Escacena; Elena Quesada Hernández; Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; Bernat Soria; Abdelkrim Hmadcha. Bottlenecks in the efficient use of advanced therapy medicinal product based on mesenchymal stromal cells. Stem cells international 2015

Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; Emily Lavell; Alfredo Quiñones Hinojosa; Hugo Guerrero Cazares. Regulation of Subventricular Zone-Derived Cells Migration in the Adult Brain. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2015

Xavier d’Anglemont de Tassigny; M Salomé Sirerol Piquer; Ulises Gómez Pinedo; Ricardo Pardal; Sonia Bonilla; Vivian Capilla González; Javier de la Torre; José Manuel García Verdugo; José López Barneo. Resistance of subventricular neural stem cells to chronic hypoxemia with structural disorganization of the germinal center and impairment of neuronal and oligodendrocyte survival. Hypoxia 2015

Vivian Capilla-Gonzalez; Vicente Herranz-Perez; Jose Manuel Garcia-Verdugo. The aged brain: genesis and fate of residual progenitor cells in the subventricular zone. Frontiers in cellular neuroscience 2015

Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; Arantxa Cebrian Silla; Hugo Guerrero Cazares; Jose Manuel Garcia Verdugo; Alfredo Quiñones Hinojosa. Age-related changes in astrocytic and ependymal cells of the subventricular zone. Glia 2014

Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; Hugo Guerrero Cazares; Janice M Bonsu; Oscar Gonzalez Perez; Pragathi Achanta; John Wong; Jose Manuel Garcia Verdugo; Alfredo Quiñones Hinojosa. The subventricular zone is able to respond to a demyelinating lesion after localized radiation. Stem Cells 2014

Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; Arantxa Cebrian Silla; Hugo Guerrero Cazares; Jose M Garcia Verdugo; Alfredo Quiñones Hinojosa. The generation of oligodendroglial cells is preserved in the rostral migratory stream during aging. Frontiers in cellular neuroscience 2013

Rodrigo Ramos Zúñiga; Oscar González Pérez; Ana Macías Ornelas; Vivian Capilla González; Alfredo Quiñones Hinojosa. Ethical implications in the use of embryonic and adult neural stem cells. Stem cells international 2012

Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; Sara Gil Perotin; Antonio Ferragud; Luis Bonet Ponce; Juan Jose Canales; Jose Manuel Garcia Verdugo. Exposure to N-ethyl-N-nitrosourea in adult mice alters structural and functional integrity of neurogenic sites. PloS One 2012.

Pragathi Achanta; Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; David Purger; Juvenal Reyes; Kurt Sailor; Hongjun Song; Jose Manuel Garcia Verdugo; Oscar Gonzalez Perez; Eric Ford; Alfredo Quinones Hinojosa. Subventricular zone localized irradiation affects the generation of proliferating neural precursor cells and the migration of neuroblasts. Stem Cells 2012

Vivian Capilla-Gonzalez; Vicente Hernandez-Rabaza. Cocaine and MDMA Induce Cellular and Molecular Changes in Adult Neurogenic Systems: Functional Implications. Pharmaceuticals 2011

Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; Sara Gil Perotin; Jose Manuel Garcia Verdugo. Postnatal exposure to N-ethyl-N-nitrosurea disrupts the subventricular zone in adult rodents. European journal of neuroscience 2010

Kaisorn L Chaichana; Hugo Guerrero Cazares; Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; Grettel Zamora Berridi; Pragathi Achanta; Oscar Gonzalez Perez; George I Jallo; Jose Manuel Garcia Verdugo; Alfredo Quiñones Hinojosa. Intra-operatively obtained human tissue: protocols and techniques for the study of neural stem cells. Journal of neuroscience methods 2009

María Del Carmen Gómez Roldán; Margarita Pérez Martín; Vivian Capilla González; Manuel Cifuentes; Juan Pérez; Jose Manuel García Verdugo; Pedro Fernández Llebrez. Neuroblast proliferation on the surface of the adult rat striatal wall after focal ependymal loss by intracerebroventricular injection of neuraminidase. Journal of comparative neurology 2008

Kaisorn L Chaichana; Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; Oscar Gonzalez Perez; Gustavo Pradilla; James Han; Alessandro Olivi; Henry Brem; Jose Manuel Garcia Verdugo; Alfredo Quiñones Hinojosa. Preservation of glial cytoarchitecture from ex vivo human tumor and non-tumor cerebral cortical explants: A human model to study neurological diseases. Journal of neuroscience methods 2007

Maria Duran Moreno; Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; Jose Manuel Garcia Verdugo. Neurogénesis en la zona subventricular Tumores intraventriculares. Permanyer 2010

Susana Gonzalez Granero; Clara Alfaro Cervello; Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; Melissa Lezameta Morgan; Miriam Romaguera Ros; Jose Manuel Garcia Verdugo. Neurogenic sites in non-mammalian vertebrales Postnatal and adult neurogenesis. Research Signpost. 2008.

Susana Gonzalez Granero; Vivian Capilla Gonzalez; Melissa Lezameta Morgan; Jose Manuel Garcia Verdugo. Aspectos comparados de la neurogenesis y migración tangencial al Bulbo Olfatorio La olfacción en España. SBI, S.L. 2006.