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I am a -Ronin- computational Biologist working in #evolution, #structural Bioinformatics, #Data integration, tool developments, and lately in evolution of regulatory networks involved in #Regeneration.

Currently I am Principal Investigator of the Computational Biology and Boinformatics Group (CBBio) at the Andalusian Center for Developmental Biology (CABD) since July 2018. The group is a garantee of the renewed Maria de Maeztu Excellence Unit , an excellence Center/Unit from the SOMM alliance SOMMa.

Trained as molecular microbiologist, I became a #Bioinformatician and #Computational Biologist in different labs, and in different countries.

In my past: I have worked as forensic biologist, bird watcher, and field microbiologist. I have named a bacterial species.

Non-scientific stuff:

Proud mom of two. I love space, robotics and gadgets. A former #Jiu-jitsu practitioner for more than 30 years, a (very) bad surfer, music lover (drums and singing).

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About my scientific path:

ORCID: 0000-0003-0750-9099

ResearcherID: D-5777-2011

Research Experience:
In the US:

Since 1998, I worked in several labs. I finished the experimental work of my PhD in Molecular Microbiology at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (merged with the Burnham Institute) in the lab of Michael McClelland (currently at UCI ), a leading researcher on Salmonella and other Enterobacteria genomics. I continued to conduct posdoctoral research there when I earned a NASA-NSCORT fellowship, which allowed me to join Russell F. Doolittle's lab at UCSD , to enhance my knowledge in protein #Evolution. This constituted my transition to Computational Biology. Later I joined Adam Godzik's lab , as a Postdoctoral associate researcher to reinforce skills on #Structural #Bioinformatics, in particular #Protein Modeling, and #Protein Threading.

Back to Spain

I returned back to Spain in 2003 at CNB-CSIC in Alfonso Valencia's (currently at BSC ), as a recipient of a Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant. There I focused on #Sequence Analyses and #Protein families. In 2006 I was appointed as Staff Scientist of Alfonso Valencia's group at CNIO, a postition that lasted 3 years.


I became independent Group Leader in 2009 at the former Institute for Predictive and Personalized Medicine of Cancer (IMPPC Directed then by Prof. Manuel Perucho, and now merged with IGTP ). In 2013 I joined the Institute of Biomedicine of Seville as a Senior Principal Investigator. In 2017 I earned a Científico Titular (civil servant) position at CSIC .

Over the last years, my activities within the Group were related to research, although I've been involved in support as well.

I am Associate Editor of Nucleic Acid Research Genomics and Bioinformatics [NARGAB] , a new sister journal of NAR, and I also belong to the Editorial Board of PeerJ.

Past Positions:
Date Role Institution keywords

Senior Group Leader

Scientific Supervisor of the Bioinformatics Unit.

Institute of Biomedicine of Seville, Sevilla, ES.







05/2009-09/2013 Junior Group Leader Institute for Predictive and Personalised Medicine of Cancer, (merged with IGTP). Badalona, ES.





06/2012-09/2013 Adjunt Researcher Barcelona Super Computer Center, Barcelona, ES.





03/2006-05/2009 Staff scientist in Alfonso Valencia's lab Spanish National Cancer Center (CNIO), Madrid, ES.




#Protein Families


11/2003-03/2006 Posdoctoral associate in Alfonso Valencia's and Carlos Martinez labs National Centre for Biotechnology, Madrid, ES.






11/2001-10/2003 Posdoctoral associate in Adam Godzik's lab. The Burnham Insitute for Biomedical Research, (Now the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute). La Jolla, CA, USA.






12/2000-11/2001 NASA-NSCORT fellow in RF. Doolittle's lab. My transition to computational Biology Center for Molecular Genetics, University of California in San Diego. San Diego, CA, USA.





1998-12/2000 pre and posdoc fellow in Michael McClelland's lab. Center for Molecular Genetics, University of California in San Diego. San Diego, CA, USA.







Teaching Experience:
Date Topic Institution
2019 Master de Estadística. Minería de datos en Biología. Facultad de Estadística. Universidad de Sevilla, US.
Since 2015 Master de Investigación Biomédica. Genímica Funcional Y Biocomputación, (In Spanish) Universidad de Sevilla, US.
2014 OnLine Course about HMMMs in Biology (In English). University Carlos III, Madrid, Spain.
2004-2008 Summer Course on Bioinformatics (In Spanish). Complutense University of Madrid.
2004-2011 Master in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (spanish). Complutense University of Madrid.
2004-2008 former PhD program (now a Master) in Bioinformatics (spanish). Autonomous University of Madrid.
2009 External Associate of the PhD programme, University of Barcelona.
Outreach activities in the context of 11deFebrero

  • Inteview (Spanish) for Beeparents
  • Talk about Bioinformatics at the IES Rodrigo Caro, 2019, Coria del Rio, Sevilla (In Spanish).
  • Talk about Bioinformatics at Yago School, Sevilla, 2019 (In Spanish).
  • Talk about Bioinformatics at the IES Miguel Servet, 2018, Sevilla (In Spanish).
  • Talk about Bioinformatics at the IES Itaca, 2018, Sevilla (In Spanish).
  • Talk about women in Science for primary school at CEIP Dos Hermanas, Seville (In Spanish).

Other outreach activities (in Spanish):

  • 2019. General media: an article about Margaret Dayhoff
  • 2019. Pint of Science: a talk in a Bar about DNA,Genomics, etc . Download part of the talk in printed version [Here].
  • 2008. Semana de la Ciencia, outreach talk about Bioinformatics
  • Radio interview (Spanish) para el programa de Radio Tomares, “Un mar de Ciencia”, aired on 19-04-22, [LISTEN].
  • Podcast (Spanish), “Háblame del CSIC” aired on 21-09-2022,[PODCAST].