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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.

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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 

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