The Liquid Biopsy Analysis Unit led by Dr. Laura Muinelo specialises in the analysis of circulating tumour cells (CTCs) and circulating tumour DNA/RNA (ctDNA/RNA)
The interest in the study of tumour material present in blood has increased exponentially in the last decade because it allows both basic researchers and clinicians have a key tool to characterise tumours, allowing both the selection of therapies and disease monitoring in a non-invasive and dynamic manner. This growing interest has been accompanied by significant technological developments in the field of liquid biopsy study. However, there are hardly any specialised laboratories working in this field nationwide. Our liquid biopsy analysis platform is an exception because it has the equipment and expertise necessary to carry out the study of CTCs ctDNA/RNA using the most well-validated and innovative techniques in the field. For this reason the laboratory is currently a national reference for the study of liquid biopsy, where an average volume of 400 samples from hospitals and research centres throughout the Spanish territory is analysed per year.