Background and activities



  • 2016 - Now: Postdoctoral Fellow at Dr. Oksenych´s group, Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine, NTNU, Norway
  • 2011 - 2016: PhD cum laude in CellCOM Research Group & University of A Coruña, Spain 
  • 2011 - 2012: Master degree, University of A Coruña, Spain
  • 2006 - 2011: Bachelor in Biology, University of A Coruña, Spain


Research interests:

  • DNA damage response & Non-homologous end-joining process
  • Neurodevelopment 
  • Animal models
  • Cell communication



R. Gago-Fuentes, JF. Bechberger, M. Varela-Eirin, A. Varela-Vazquez, B. Acea, E. Fonseca, CC. Naus and MD. Mayan*. The C-terminal domain of connexin43 modulates cartilage structure via chondrocyte phenotypic changes. The Oncotarget Journal Journal, 2016. Impact Factor: 6.359

R. Gago-Fuentes, P. Fernandez-Puente, D. Megias, P. Carpintero-Fernandez, J. Mateos, B. Acea, E. Fonseca, FJ. Blanco* and MD. Mayan*. Proteomic analysis of connexin 43 reveals novel interactors related to osteoarthritis. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics. American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2015. Impact Factor: 7.398

T. Garcia, J. Gutierrez, J. Veloso, R. Gago-Fuentes, J. Diaz*. Wounding induces local resistance but systemic susceptibility to Botrytis cinerea in pepper plants. The Journal of Plant Physiology, 2015. Impact Factor: 2.77

R. Gago-Fuentes#; P. Carpintero-Fernandez#; MB. Goldring; PR. Brink; MD. Mayan*; FJ. Blanco*. Biochemical evidence for gap junctions and Cx43 expression in immortalized human chondrocyte cell line: a potential model in the study of cell communication in human chondrocytes. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 2014. Impact Factor: 4.262

MD. Mayan#*, R. Gago-Fuentes#, P. Carpintero-Fernandez#, et al.. Articular chondrocyte network mediated by gap junctions: role in metabolic cartilage homeostasis. Annals Rheumatic Disease, 2013. BMJ. Top Journal in Rheumatology. Impact Factor: 9.111

MD. Mayan#*, P Carpintero-Fernandez#, R Gago-Fuentes# et al.. Human articular chondrocytes express multiple gap Junction proteins: differential expression of connexins in normal and osteoarthritic cartilage. The American Journal of Pathology, 2013. Impact Factor: 5.327


#These authors contributed equally to this work

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