Background and activities



  • 2018 - Currently: Staff Engineer at Cardiac Exercise Research group (CERG), Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging (ISB), NTNU, Norway
  • 2016 - 2018: Postdoctoral Fellow at Dr. Oksenych´s group, Department of Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine (IKOM), NTNU, Norway
  • 2011 - 2016: PhD cum laude in CellCOM Research Group & University of A Coruña, Spain 
  • 2011 - 2012: Master´s degree, University of A Coruña, Spain
  • 2006 - 2011: Bachelor in Biology, University of A Coruña, Spain



S. Castañeda-Zegarra, M. Xing, R. Gago-Fuentes, S. Sæterstad,, V. Oksenych*. Synthetic lethality between DNA repair factors Xlf and Paxx is rescued by inactivation of Trp53. DNA Repair (Amst), 2019. Impact Factor: 4.46

P. Carpintero-Fernandez, R. Gago-Fuentes, HZ. Wang, E. Fonseca, JR. Caeiro, V. Valiunas, PR. Brick, MD. Mayan*. Intercellular communication via gap junction channels between chondrocytes and bone cells. Biochim Biphys Acta Biomembr, 2018. Impact Factor: 3.67

Dewan A#, Xing M#, Lundbæk MB, Gago-Fuentes R, Beck C, Aas PA, Liabakk NB, Sæterstad S, Chau KTP, Kavli BM, Oksenych V. Robust DNA repair in PAXX-deficient mammalian cells FEBS Open Bio, 2018. Impact Factor: 2.101

R. Gago-Fuentes#, M. Xing#, S. Sæterstad#, A. Sarno, A. Dewan , C. Beck, S. Bradamante, M. Bjøras, V. Oksenych*. Normal development of mice lacking PAXX, the paralogue of XRCC4 and XLF. FEBS Open Bio, 2018. Impact Factor: 2.101

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-Fuenteset 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


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