Dr. Luis Barreiro. As the front-line of our defences against pathogens, the immune system function is subject to a strong evolutionary pressure. In Dr. Barreiro lab, where I am working as a postdoc since November 2014, we aim at disentangling the complex interplay between genetic and environmental effects that shape our very ability to develop a proper response upon immune challenges.
Dr. Jenny Tung. Dr. Tung’s lab research focuses on the study of the relationships between behaviour and gene regulation in mammals. To that end, Jenny uses genomics approaches in combination with thorough behavioural monitoring of large sets of individuals. Her team has contributed to the development of controlled experimental paradigms for the study of the effects of behavioural traits on Bio-molecular phenotypes, such as gene expression and epigenetics.
Dr. Noah Snyder-Mackler. The work of Dr. Snyder-Mackler revolves around the relationship between behavior and gene expression in social, superior primates. From Geladas to Baboons and Macaques, Noah is interested in understanding how animals sociality, cooperativity or hierarchy get under the skin to influence molecular phenotypes, and how is this outlook modified by aging.
Dr. Carlos Martín. Dr. Martín’s group is devoted to the study of the genetics of the causative agent of TB: the bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and how it can be tamed, through genetic engineering, to transform it from an efficient killer to an ally of human immune system. The team, rooted in the University of Zaragoza (Spain) is responsible of the development of MTBVAC, the first TB vaccine candidate based on a mutant strain of M.TB in entering human trials.
Dr. Yamir Moreno. From human societies, to the world wide web or the set of protein-protein interactions in any living cell, complex networks are ubiquitous in social, natural and technological systems. In the CosNet lab, led by Prof. Moreno in the Institute BIFI of the University of Zaragoza, all these systems are studied from the perspective of Networks Theory.
Mr. Sergio Arregui. Currently working as a Phd student co-supervised by Dr. Yamir Moreno and myself, Sergio’s research interests are related to the study of the Biology of TB infection from the perspectives of Networks Theory and Mathematical epidemiology, spanning from the analysis of context-specific protein-protein interactomes in MTB to the development of detailed data-driven models of global TB spreading.
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