MEMBERS OF THE GROUP (Active in 2018)
Postdoctoral Researchers Erica Bianco, Lara Rubio Arauna
Predoctoral Researchers Simone Biagini, Neus Font-Porterias, Àlex Mas-Sandoval, Gerard Serra-Vidal
Research Technician André Flores-Bello
Master Student Marcel Lucas
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2018
Our group is focused on the analysis of the human genome in order to understand the processes that have modelled the extant genetic diversity of humans. We are interested in unravelling the demographic and adaptive processes that have given rise to the genetic composition of human populations and their consequences in health and disease. In this sense, during 2018 we have detected a founder mutation in Roma that causes a severe myopathy and we have addressed the migration patterns in North Africans using mtDNA. Finally, we have dissected at DNA level the RhD system in Basques, which has been a hallmark of their singularity.
2018 SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Flores-Bello A, Mas-Ponte D, Rosu ME, Bosch E, Calafell F, Comas D (2018) Sequence diversity of the Rh blood group system in Basques. European Journal of Human Genetics 26:1859-1866
Font-Porterias N, Solé-Morata N, Serra-Vidal G, Bekada A, Fadhlaoui-Zid K, Zalloua P, Calafell F, Comas D (2018) The genetic landscape of Mediterranean North African populations through complete mtDNA sequences. Annals of Human Biology 45: 98-104
Cabrera-Serrano M, Mavillard F, Biancalana V, Rivas E, Morar B, Hernández-Laín A, Olive M, Muelas N, Khan E, Carvajal A, Quiroga P, Diaz-Manera J, Davis M, Ávila R, Domínguez C, Romero NB, Vílchez JJ, Comas D, Laing NG, Laporte J, Kalaydjieva L, Paradas C (2018) Roma founder BIN1 mutation causes a novel phehotype of centronuclear myopathy with rigid spine. Neurology 91(4):e339-e348
2018 FUNDED PROJECTS
Population genomics and the demographic history of the Roma. (CGL2016-75389-P)
Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Research period: 2017-2019
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