Dr. Montse Bárcena (Madrid, 1970) is an assistant professor at the section Electron Microscopy in the Department of Cell and Chemical Biology at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC).
Montse Bárcena obtained her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Universidad Autónoma (Madrid), working on single particle analysis of hexameric helicases in the group of José María Carazo. In 2003, she worked in the group of Teresa Ruiz at Vermont University as a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow, elucidating conformational changes of the glycolytic enzyme phosphofructokinase. At the end of 2003, she joined the Koster lab thanks to an EMBO fellowship (2003) and a Marie Curie fellowship (2005). Since then, she has been investigating viruses and viral replication. In 2010, she was awarded a MEERVOUD NWO grant that helped her establish her own group focused on Virus Replication, whose aim is to gain new insights into the replication of positive-strand RNA viruses like nidoviruses and picornaviruses using a broad range of classic and novel EM approaches, including SBF-SEM, (cryo)tomography, and CLEM.