I am Research Professor at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). I graduated as Agricultural Engineer at the Polytechnical University of Valencia in 1993 and obtained my PhD in Molecular Microbiology at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands with a research project at the Microbiology Department of the Dutch Institute for Food Research (TNO). After a short appointment as bioinformatics project leader at the same institute, I obtained a Ramon y Cajal award and joined the Valencia Agricultural Research Institute (Spain) in 2003 to develop bioinformatics tools for citrus genomics. I moved into CIPF in 2007 and became Senior Group Leader in 2010, creating the Genomics of Gene Expression Laboratory.
From August 2014 to May 2021 I was Full professor at the Microbiology and Cell Science Department and Genetics Institute of the University of Florida. From May 2021 I joined the CSIC Institute for Integrative Systems Biology (I2SysBio) and became courtesy faculty of the University of Florida.
I am interested in understanding functional aspects of gene expression at the genome-wide level, across different organisms and in relation to pathological processes. My group has developed statistical methods and software tools that analyze the dynamics aspects transcriptomes, integrate these with other types of molecular data and annotate them functionally, with a special focus on Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data.
I am co-founder and scientific advisor of Biobam Bioinformatics, a company operating since 2010 to create bioinformatics solutions for biologists. My most current research interests are the development of statistical methods for multiomics data integration for systems biology, the creation of tools for the analysis of third-generation sequencing data, and the understanding microbial interactions through community modeling.