COMAS MARTINEZ, DAVID
David Comas obtained his B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Barcelona where he also obtained his PhD (awarded with the "Premi Claustre de Doctors de la UB") at the Animal Biology Department (Anthropology Unit) in 1997.
He performed predoctoral and postdoctoral stays at the Zoologisches Institut (LMU, Munich), the Anthony Nolan Trust-Royal Free Hospital (London), and the Department of Forensic Medicine (University of Helsinki), studying human population genetics.
He obtained a "Ramon y Cajal" position in 2001 at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences at the UPF where he is now an associate professor and since 2007 the director of the PhD program in Biomedicine.
In 2007 he was awarded with the Prize for Outstanding Teaching by the Social Council of the UPF, and in 2011 he was awarded with the ICREA Academia prize.
Recently he has been appointed as the vice director of the Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF).
He is focused on the human genome diversity analysis in order to infer the (genomic and population) processes responsible for this diversity and try to establish the (population and epidemiological) consequences of the human genetic variability.
Thus, his main research lines are focused on aspects of human genome diversity, population genetics, genome variation and disease susceptibility, and genome evolution and disease.