I am a postdoctoral researcher at the VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology, currently studying the functionality of the gut microbiota.
During my PhD studies I focused my research on a single bacterium, Mycoplasma pneumoniae. I studied the different mechanisms that this bacterium uses to regulate transcription, from canonical transcription factors to alternative mechanisms such as small RNAs or riboswitches. I analyzed hundreds of datasets from different omics, mostly RNA-seq and ChIP-seq.
After my PhD, I became interested in how bacteria behave in community rather than in isolation. My current research involves profiling the (meta-)transcriptome of gut communities in order to understand the microbial interactions occurring in this specific ecosystem.
Since November 2017, I also organize the local R-Ladies chapter in Leuven, Belgium (https://www.meetup.com/rladies-leuven/).
PhD in Biomedicine, 2016
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)
MSc in Biophysics, 2012
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)
BSc in Biotechnology, 2011
Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV)
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: FWO Postdoctoral Fellowship. 3 years postdoctoral fellowship.
2017: PhD extraordinary Award, Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Thesis title: “Integrative understanding of transcription in a minimal cell model”. Link to the press release.
2016: International Organization of Mycoplasmology Conference in Brisbane, Australia. Travel Award.
2011: La Caixa postgraduate fellowship. MSc in Spain fellowship.
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”)