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Departament de Ciències Experimentals i de la Salut
Biologia Evolutiva

+34 933160841
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Dr. Aiguader, 88 08003 Barcelona



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Short biographical sketch

June 1995, B.Sc. in Biology, University of Barcelona

February 2000, Ph.D. by Universitat Pompeu Fabra

February 2000 - July 2002: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Genetics, University of Leicester.

January 2003 - December 2003: Post-doctoral Researcher at the Unitat de Biologia Evolutiva, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain).

January 2004 - December 2008: Ramón y Cajal Researcher at the Unitat de Biologia Evolutiva, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain).

December 2008 – February 2012: Assistant professor (Professor Agregat) at the Evolutionary Biology Research Unit (UPF)

February 2012 – now: Assistant professor (Professor Titular) at the Evolutionary Biology Research Unit (UPF)



Research lines

Human population genomics: analysis of the genomic and evolutionary forces that drive genome-wide patterns of genomic variation within human populations. Detection of natural selection and analysis of the genetic bases of adaptations. Evolutionary analysis of disease-related genes. Understanding complex disease and quantitative phenotypes in human populations.


Recognitions, distinctions and awards received throughout the career (selected)

September 2013: UPF Social Council Prize for Quality in Teaching

Icrea academia award (2015)



Theses direction

  • Andrés Moreno Estrada: “Analysis of Human Genetic Variation in Candidate Genes under Positive Selection on the Human Lineage”. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. January 2004 – April 2009. Defended: 21 April 2009
  • Elena Carnero Montoro: “Genomic and Functional Approaches to Human Adaptations”. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. January 2010 – October 2013. Defended: 25 October 2013
  • Nino Spataro: “Human genetic disorders: linking Mendelian and complex diseases”. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Start date: January 2012 – October 2016. Defended: 26 October 2016
  • Juan Antonio Rodríguez Pérez: “Testing two evolutionary theories of ageing by using public genome-wide data“. Co-directed with Arcadi Navarro. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. January 2012- January 2017. Defended: 24 January 2017.
  • Ana Roca-Umbert: “The role of natural selection on zinc transporter genes”. Co-directed with Ruben Vicente. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. From 11/01/2017. 
  • Barbara Sinigaglia: “Deciphering genetic adaptations in the Andamanese population”. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. From 05/10/2017.
  • Rocio Caro Consuegra: “Deciphering genetic adaptations in the human genome”. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. From 02/10/2018.