Our Team

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Josefa González

February 2011- present. I did my PhD in Biology in Prof. Alfredo Ruiz lab at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. After a first postdoctoral stay at UAB, I moved to Stanford University to work with Prof. Dmitri Petrov. While at Stanford, I was first a Fulbright Postdoctoral fellow and then a Research Associate at the Department of Biology. In 2010, I was awarded a Ramon y Cajal fellowship to join the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) in Barcelona. Since March 2017, I am a CSIC Scientist at IBE. I am the co-founder and coordinator of DrosEU and I am part of AdapNET. I am currently an ERC Investigator.


POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Gabriel Rech

September 2016 – present
I am bioinformatician by training. After completing my undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Salta (Argentina), I awarded a PhD fellowship for the University of Salamanca (Spain). Since then, I have been …

POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Sara Guirao-Rico

November 2017 – present
I obtained my PhD in Genetics under the supervision of Prof. Montserrat Aguadé at the Universitat de Barcelona. I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Institute of Evolutionary Biology (University of Edinburgh) …

POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Judit Salces

April 2018 – present
My research interests are essentially focused on the study of environmental stress and adaptation, how organisms can cope with stress events and the effects on the stability of their genomes. I did my PhD at INIA under the supervision of …

POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Llewellyn Green

June 2018 – present
After previously majoring in Biochemistry & Genetics, I obtained my PhD in Genetics under the supervision of Dr Charles Robin, at the University of Melbourne. My research involved examining the biology of …


PhD STUDENT

Miriam Merenciano

September 2015- present
(B.S. honors degree July 2012; Master student September 2014) I studied Human Biology at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. My research tries to find the role of Transposable Elements (TEs) in the adaptation

PhD STUDENT

Vivien Horváth

September 2016- present
I studied Biotechnology at Szent Istvan University in Hungary and I came to Gonzalez Lab as an Erasmus student two years ago. Now I am in the second year of my PhD at the University of Pompeu Fabra. The main focus of my …

PhD STUDENT

María Bogaerts

February 2017- present
I studied Biotechnology at the University of Oviedo. After that, I had the opportunity of taking a double master’s degree program at the University of Oviedo and Cranfield University, where I could discover and learn bioinformatics …


LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Laura Aguilera

March 2017- present
I studied Biology at Pompeu Fabra University and afterwards I did my PhD at University of Barcelona (2010), where I studied the crosstalk between commensal and probiotic strains of Escherichia coli and the human gut …

UNDERGRAD STUDENT

Marcela Celis

June 2018 – present
B.Sc. Honours, Univ. Javeriana Cali, Colombia. I am currently finishing my undergraduate studies and I am fascinated by TEs. I am open to learning and working in different approaches to biology, but I hope my time in the lab allows me to gain


FORMER MEMBERS

Lain Guio

June 2016- May 2018
Post doctoral Researcher (April 2012- March 2016 PhD student). BSc. in Biology (2001) at Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina). MSc. in Environmental engineering (2011) at Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain). Research Project: The

FORMER MEMBERS

Maite G. Barrón

October 2013 – December 2017
Post Doctoral Researcher. I’m interested in the old but not solved debate in determining the relative importance of genetic drift versus natural selection at molecular level. During my PhD at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona under the supervision …

FORMER MEMBERS

José Luis Villanueva-Cañas

March 2016 – December 2017
Postdoctoral researcher. I am a computational biologist by training: equally fascinated by the potential of computers to solve problems and by the diversity and complexity of the life on our planet. I obtained my PhD in …

FORMER MEMBERS

Anna Ullastres

September 2012- December 2017
PhD student. I finished my degree in Biology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2011 where I specialized in Genetics and Cell Biology. Recently, I’ve started my PhD studying the molecular process and functional …

FORMER MEMBERS

Camillo Lacometti

July 2017- October 2017
Erasmus+ Master Student. I’m a MSc student in Cellular & Molecular Biology from the Universita’ di Torino (Italy) and I joined GonzálezLab with an internship to work at my master thesis project, investigating the presence of new roo transposable …

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Ingrid Palomino

March 2017-September 2017.
Master student. I am a MSc student in Bioinformatics from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and now I will be doing my internship and thesis at GonzálezLab, testing the role in recent evolution of TEs associated with some reported candidate SNPs. Besides Evolutionary Biology, …

FORMER MEMBERS

Nicolás N Moreyra

September 2016- November 2016.
Visiting PhD student. BSc in Bioinformatics at Facultad de Ingeniería in Oro Verde (UNER, Argentina). Currently, I am doing my PhD at IEGEBA (UBA-CONICET, Argentina), working in Comparative Genomics and Transcriptomics in Drosophila species…

FORMER MEMBERS

Lorena Espinar

March 2016-October 2016.
Lab Technician. I carried out my PhD in Dynamics of genetic circuit regulation in bacteria under the supervision of Dr. Jordi G. Ojalvo. During my postdoctoral stay at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (UPF) …

FORMER MEMBERS

Quirze Rovira

October 2014-July 2015.
Undergrad Student. I am in my last year of my degree in Biology at Universitat de Girona. My interest in Bioinformatics, Genetics and Evolutionary Biology brings me to the Gonzalez lab in order to do …

FORMER MEMBERS

Jon Frias

November 2014-July 2015
Undergrad Student. I am an undergraduate student currently finishing my degree in Biomedical Sciences at Universitat de Barcelona. I am doing my final project at the Gonzalez Lab. During this experience I hope to learn more about …

FORMER MEMBERS

Jaione Arrizabalaga

March 2015-July 2015
Master student. I finished my degree in Computer Engineering at Universidad de Deusto in 2014. I am currently performing a master’s degree in Bioinformatics at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. During my professional practices …

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Hung Le

April 2013-April 2015
Postdoctoral Fellow. As a conservationist and ornithologist, I have spent more than ten years working for conservation of nature in Vietnam. I have seen many species adapt to weather and other environmental changes and I …

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Lidia Mateo

September 2013- December 2014
Master student. (B.S. honors degree July 2011- July 2013). Genome sequencing of wild-derived populations of Drosophila melanogaster allows us to identify putatively adaptive TEs that are segregating in …

FORMER MEMBERS

Eduard Falqués

February 2013- September 2013
Master Student. I am currently studying a MSc in Evolutionary Biology at Universitat de Barcelona, and I am doing the Master Thesis At the Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (IBE). I am interested in evolutionary genomics and molecular genetics a …

FORMER MEMBERS

Paula Cortés

July 2013- September 2013
Undergraduate student. JAE Intro fellowship. Paula is an undergraduate student at the University of Barcelona. She worked on several projects in the lab mainly trying to identify new putatively adaptive TE insertions.

FORMER MEMBERS

Oriol Roige

February 2013- September 2013
Undergrad Student. I am currently finishing my studies in Biotechnology at Universitat de Barcelona. I am doing my final project at González Lab, always trying to discover more about the fascinating world of biosciences …

FORMER MEMBERS

Marta Perera

September 2012- April 2013
Undergraduate student. I am currently finishing my degree in Human Biology at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. I am interested in many fields of biology such as molecular biology, bioinformatics, evolutionary genomics …

FORMER MEMBERS

Karine Ribeiro

June 2012- March 2013
Undergraduate visiting student. Science without borders fellowship. I am an undergraduate student in Biology at the University in Southern Santa Catarina, Brazil. Currently, I have a scholarship sponsored by …

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Anna Molinet

July 2013- September 2013
UPF Undergraduate student.

FORMER MEMBERS

Ivan Benzulce

July 2013- September 2013
UPF Undergraduate student.

FORMER MEMBERS

Javier Sebastian

July 2013- September 2013
UPF Undergraduate student.

FORMER MEMBERS

Georgina Camats

July 2012- September 2012
Undergrad Student. B.S. honors degree. UVic Undergraduate student.

FORMER MEMBERS

Marta González

March 2016- June 2016
High School Student. IES La Guineueta

FORMER MEMBERS

Elena Escalada

July 2016
High School Student. Programa Joves i Ciència. Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera.

FORMER MEMBERS

Marta García

July 2016
High School Student. Programa Joves i Ciència. Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera.

FORMER MEMBERS

Yaiza Galán

July 2015
High School Student. IES La Guineueta.

FORMER MEMBERS

Elena Escalada

July 2015
High School Student. Programa Joves i Ciència. Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera.

FORMER MEMBERS

Henry Estrella

July 2014
High School. IES La Guineueta.

FORMER MEMBERS

Pau Cano

July 2014
High School Student. Programa Joves i Ciència. Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera.

FORMER MEMBERS

Mar Gutiérrez

July 2014
High School Student. Programa Joves i Ciència. Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera.

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