Dr Agustín Ruiz Laza was born in Utrera (Seville) in 1969. He obtained a degree in Medicine and Surgery by the University of Seville in 1993. He received his doctorate in 1999 from the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program of the same University. He has dedicated 27 years of his career to medical genetics and is co-inventor of 6 patents. His contribution to the knowledge of the etiology of human diseases is supported by more than 190 articles published in international indexed journals. The location of the RP25 gene, implicated in neurodegenerative retinopathy, earned him the Extraordinary Doctorate Award of the University of Seville in 1999.
Ruiz began his scientific career by diagnosing degenerative retinopathy and other genetic conditions. Later he collaborated with the National Center of Biotechnology of Spain in the identification of the molecular connections between CCR5 and P53 in breast cancer and with the University of Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, Spain) in pharmacogenetics. He leaded the construction of the largest private repository of biological samples in the country. He also leaded the development of the first genetic map of the Spanish population participating in the identification of risk factors for multiple diseases. Since August 2011, Agustín Ruiz is the scientific director of Fundació ACE.