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. Clinical practices underlie COVID-19 patient respiratory microbiome composition and its interactions with the host. MedRxiv, 2021.

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. Benchmarking microbiome transformations favors experimental quantitative approaches to address compositionality and sampling depth biases. Nat. Commun., 2021.

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. Endogenous IFNβ expression predicts outcome in critical patients with COVID-19. The Lancet Microbe, 2021.

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. Determination of the Gene Regulatory Network of a Genome-Reduced Bacterium Highlights Alternative Regulation Independent of Transcription Factors. Cell Syst, 2019.

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. Tracking humans and microbes. Nature, 2019.

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. Integrated culturing, modeling and transcriptomics uncovers complex interactions and emergent behavior in a three-species synthetic gut community. Elife, 2018.

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. Alternative transcriptional regulation in genome-reduced bacteria. Curr. Opin. Microbiol., 2017.

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. Insights into the mechanisms of basal coordination of transcription using a genome-reduced bacterium. Cell Syst., 2016.

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. The yin–yang of kinase activation and unfolding explains the peculiarity of Val600 in the activation segment of BRAF. Elife, 2016.

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. Bacterial antisense RNAs are mainly the product of transcriptional noise. Sci. Adv., 2016.

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Awards

  • 2018: Best Poster Award at the EMBO | EMBL Human Microbiome Conference. Poster title: A Mapping-based Human Metatranscriptomics Analysis Pipeline. Prize awarded by Molecular Systems Biology

  • 2018: Young Investigator Award from the Catalan Society of Biology (Premi al jove Investigador de la Societat Catalana de Biologia). Link to the press release.

  • 2017: PhD extraordinary Award, Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Thesis title: “Integrative understanding of transcription in a minimal cell model”. Link to the press release.

  • 2011: Bancaja-UPV award: Best undergraduate dissertation. Title: “Development of a gene prioritization method and its applications in hereditary disorders” (original in Spanish: “Desarrollo de un método de priorización de genes y aplicación en enfermedades hereditarias”)

Funding

  • 2020: FWO Senior postdoctoral Fellowship. 3 years postdoctoral fellowship that includes a 29.800€ bench fee for research project expenses.

  • 2020: VIB Tech Watch funding for Technology Development: 25.000€

  • 2017: FWO Postdoctoral Fellowship. 3 years postdoctoral fellowship.

  • 2016: International Organization of Mycoplasmology Conference in Brisbane, Australia. Travel Award.

  • 2011: La Caixa postgraduate (MSc in Spain) fellowship.

  • 2010: JAE Intro scholarship.

Outreach

  • 2021: Outreach article: “Mycoplasma pneumoniae: quan menut no implica simple” in the magazine “Treballs” from the Catalan Society of Biology. This piece summarizes the major findings of my thesis (which granted me the Young Investigator Award of the Society in 2018) in layman’s terms. Link (in catalan) here

  • 2021: International Women’s day (8th of March). Virtual meetings with primary school students (10-11 years old) about my career as a woman doing research in biomedicine.

  • 2021: “11 de Febrero”. Spanish iniciative to promote scientific interests in girls during the International day of Women and Girls in Science. I participated with onlline talks in two schools:

    • IES Fernando III, Ayora (Valencia)
    • IES La Serranía, Alpuente (Valencia)
  • 2020: “11 de Febrero”. Spanish iniciative to promote scientific interests in girls during the International day of Women and Girls in Science. I participated with scheduled talks in two schools:

    • Colegio la Purísima, Torrent (Valencia)
    • IES Balears (Valencia)
  • 2019: Outreach article: “Siguiendo la pista a humanos y microbios”, published in the magazine “Investigación y Ciencia”. This article is a translation of our contribution in Nature: Tracking humans and microbes

  • 2019: VIB Biotech dag. Outreach activity in Flanders, Belgium. I participated in guided tours of our laboratory premises, explaining the research we do to increase societal awareness.

  • 2019: “11 de Febrero”. Spanish iniciative to promote scientific interests in girls during the International day of Women and Girls in Science. I participated with scheduled talks in two schools:

    • EPLA, Godella (Valencia)
    • IES Arabista Ribera, Carcaixent (Valencia)
  • 2015: PRBB Open day. Outreach activity at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park. I participated in guided tours of our laboratory premises, explaining the research we do to increase societal awareness.

  • 2014: PRBB Open day. Outreach activity at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park. I participated in guided tours of our laboratory premises, explaining the research we do to increase societal awareness.

  • 2013: PRBB Open day. Outreach activity at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park. I participated in guided tours of our laboratory premises, explaining the research we do to increase societal awareness.

Teaching

  • 2021 (Scheduled): Microbiome Data Analysis Workshop. Location: UHasselt, Hasselt, Belgium. I will participate with tutorials and hands-on courses on data preprocessing and normalization.

  • 2019: Whole Cell Modeling Summer School. Location: CRG, Barcelona, Spain. I gave a hands-on workshop on ODE modeling of metabolic pathways.

  • 2017: Whole Cell Modeling Course. Location: CRG, Barcelona, Spain. I gave a hands-on workshop on ODE modeling of metabolic pathways.

  • 2016: Whole Cell Modeling Course. Location: CRG, Barcelona, Spain. I gave a hands-on workshop on ODE modeling of metabolic pathways.

  • 2015: CRG Internal course: Introduction to Machine Learning. I tutored two modules on Decision Trees and Random Forests.

Conferences and courses attended

  • 2021: Microbiome Data Analysis Workshop - Online course https://mdawo.meetinghand.com/. Hands-on tutorials presented: “Frow raw data to OTU table” and “Microbiome data visualisation, diversity, differential abundance and normalizations”. Seminar presented: “The issue of data normalizations”.

  • 2019: Exploring Human Host-Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease. Cambridge, UK. Oral presentation: Quantitative microbiome profiling links gut microbial load to host inflammatory conditions.

  • 2018: EMBO|EMBL Symposium: The Human Microbiome. Heidelberg, Germany. Poster presentation: A Mapping-based Human Metatranscriptomics Analysis Pipeline.

  • 2016: ICSB – International Conference on Systems Biology. Barcelona, Spain.

  • 2016: IOM – Conference of the International Organization of Mycoplasmology. Brisbane, Australia. Poster presentation: Antisense RNAs in Mycoplasma pneumoniae are mainly the product of transcriptional noise

  • 2016: JBI2016 – Spanish Bioinformatics Symposium. Valencia, Spain. Oral presentation: Bacterial antisense RNAs are mainly the product of transcriptional noise

  • 2015: PhD Student Symposium. Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain. Poster presentation: Key determinants of transcript abundance in the minimal bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae

  • 2014: PhD Student Symposium. Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona, Spain. Oral presentation: A whole-cell model of the minimal bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae

  • 2014: Course on Multiscale Integration in Biological Systems. Institute Curie, Paris, France. Oral presentation: A whole-cell model of the minimal bacterium Mycoplasma pneumoniae

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