I am a computational biologist by training. I am interested in most biological problems amenable to genomic and computational analyses, albeit mostly focused on rare diseases these days. In particular, on their diagnosis, prognosis and treatment in children through genomic means.
However, we still dabble in evolutionary and population genomics when it helps our disease work, for example to understand the natural history of micronutrient deficiencies in humans. Such deficiencies are a major global health problem today, particularly during pregnancy, infancy and early childhood.
I am also interested in rapidly deploying new genomic approaches in the hospital setting.
I have wandered a bit over the years but currently in London, Prof of Genomics at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health, working closely with great colleagues at the Institute and the Great Ormond Street Hospital in our shared Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children.
2017 - Onwards
UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health
Associate Prof (2017-2020); Prof of Genomics (2020)
2010 - 2017
Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
Group Leader in Prof Svante Pääbo's Dept.
2006 - 2010
Janelia Farm, HHMI, USA
Postdoc with Prof Sean Eddy
2005 - 2006
Cornell University, USA
Postdoc with Prof Andy Clark
2004 - 2005
University of Hawaii, USA
Postdoc with Prof Marla Berry
2000 - 2004
Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
PhD with Prof Roderic Guigó (CRG)
Manchester University, UK
Erasmus scholarship with Prof Paul Higgs
1992 - 1998
Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Bachelor in Biology
Therapeutic Acceleration Fund (TAS)
Capital Equipment Fund (CEF)
The Child Health Research CIO