My research in evolutionary biology focuses on obtaining inferences from genomic data to understand species adaptation and evolution through time. My research involves both, the development of statistical tools to analyse molecular sequences, and the application of those tools in empirical data analysis. Most of my recent research has focused on mammals and other animals as case studies in evolutionary biology. I am currently a lecturer in genomics at Queen Mary University of London.
The picture above shows a rainforest along the Caroní River in Venezuela, South America. I took this picture in 2012 during a canoe expedition to the region.
I was born in the tragically beautiful city of Caracas, Venezuela, from Portuguese parents. Since very young I have been interested in the life sciences, interest that led me to a degree in Biology from Universidad Simón Bolívar. In 2000, after finishing my degree, I moved to the UK where I did an MSc in Bioinformatics and then a PhD in Molecular Evolution at Birkbeck College, University of London. In 2007 I moved to the MRC National Institute for Medical Research (now the Francis Crick) in Mill Hill, London, to study the evolution of influenza viruses. In 2010 I moved to University College London to work on the molecular clock and natural selection. In 2015 I took up my current lecturer position at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. If you are interested in joining my research group feel free to send me a message.
The following organisations have in some way or another supported my research career: Universidad Simón Bolívar is free to attend and it is funded by the Venezuelan Government. My PhD studies were supported by a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) studentship. My first postdoc position at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR, now part of the Francis Crick Institute) was funded by an European Research Council grant awarded to Richard Goldstein and Alan Hay. My second postdoc position at University College London was funded by a BBSRC grant co-written by me, Ziheng Yang and Philip C.J. Donoghue. I would also like to acknowledge the support of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center for funding during a three-month research visit.