M. Joaquina Delás is a postdoctoral researcher in the Briscoe Lab. She obtained an MSc in Biotechnology from Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (Spain), carrying out her MSc thesis at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ). She then moved to the US to undertake a PhD at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (NY), first funded by “laCaixa” Foundation and then by a Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds PhD Fellowship. She joined Gregory Hannon’s laboratory to study how long noncoding RNAs regulate stem cell differentiation and self-renewal using haematopoiesis as a model. For her postdoctoral research, Joaquina joined James Briscoe’s lab to continue pursuing her interest on how the noncoding genome controls cell fate decisions. To this end, she will focus on how cis regulatory elements integrate inputs from signalling pathways and tissue-specific transcription factors during vertebrate neural tube progenitor cell fate choice.