Current Group Members

Tomas Marques-Bonet, Group leader, ICREA Research Professor

B.Sc. Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain.February 2000PhD in Biology. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. January 2007.Postdoctoral researcher at UW (seattle, WA) under supervision of Dr. Evan Eichler supported by IOF Marie Curie fellowship.EMBO Young Investigator Award 2013contact: tomas dot marques at upf dot edu


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 Claudia Fontsere, PhD student. Beca “La Caixa” 

B.Sc. in Human Biology, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, June 2014; Student of M.Sc. in Bioinformatics for Health Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, since 2014 Contact: claudia.fontsere01[at]


Marina Álvarez-Estapé, PhD student

B.Sc in Genetics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), 2011-2016.

M.Sc in Biomedical Research, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), 2016-2017. Contact: marina.alvarez[at]
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Luis Ferrández Peral, PhD student. La Caixa Fellowship

BSc in Biology, Universidad de Alicante (Spain, 2015); MSc in Bioinformatics, University of Skövde (Sweden, 2016).
Contact: luis.ferrandez add

Paula Esteller, PhD student. 

B.Sc. in Biotecnhology, Universitat Politècnica de València, 2012-2016. M.Sc. Genetics and Genomics, Universitat de Barcelona, 2016-2017. Contact: paula.esteller[at]

David Juan Sopeña, Postdoctoral researcher

B.Sc. Chemistry (esp. Biochemistry), University Complutense of Madrid (UCM), Spain. February 2000.
PhD in Molecular Biology. University Autonoma of Madrid (UAM). January 2016.
Contact: david.juan[at]

Johanna Krueger, PUSSH ETN Network PhD Student

B.Sc. in Life Sciences, University of Potsdam,
September 2015; M.Sc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, May 2019,
PhD Student IBE, Universitat Pompeu Fabra since November 2020, Contact:

Marc Palmada, La Caixa PhD student

B.Sc. in Biology, Universitat de Girona, 2015-2019. M.Sc. in Advanced Genetics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2019-2020. Contact:

Joseph Orkin, La Caixa Junior Leader Postdoctoral Scholar

B.A. in Anthropology and Philosophy, Penn State University, 2005
Ph.D. in Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2014
Contact: joseph.orkin[at]

Esther Lizano, Postdoctoral Researcher

B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Barcelona, 2000. Dr.rer.nat. Biochemistry, University of Leipzig, 2007. M.Sc. in Genetic Counseling, Pompeu Fabra University, 2013. Contact: esther.lizano[at]

Harvinder Pawar, FI Fellowship PhD Student

MSci Genetics, University College London, 2015-2019.

Irune Ruiz, MdM Fellowship PhD Student

B.Sc. in Human Biology, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, June 2016; M.Sc. in Biological Anthropology, Universidad de Barcelona and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, October 2019. Contact:
contact: charles dot darwin at upf dot edu

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