Hey there! I’m Sergio. I am a computational biologist currently making my way through my graduate studies at the University Medical Center in Groningen, The Netherlands.
My current work consists on analysing a plethora of heath and molecular data to answer questions regarding ageing and health, in particular I try to identify what factors determine that our immune system ages healthy.
I am profoundly interested in the application of modern genomic technologies in science and society. Lately I have focussed on the gut microbiome, an incredibly complex ecosystem that, thanks to genomics advances, we are now starting to understand in great detail.
I started my Ph.D. studies on January 2020. Moved to a new city (Groningen) and country (The Netherlands). I am a Ph.D. student in the Microbiome group at the University Medical Center Groningen, under the supervision of Prof. Jingyuan Fu[Google Scholar] and Sasha Zhernakova [Google Scholar]. The group works really close with Lifelines, a three-generations population cohort from Northern Netherlands. Working with this data will allow me to investigate different research questions from a variety of different directions, by investigating the gut microbiome of the cohort participants, their genetics, lifestyle, diet, immune parameters or metabolism.
I moved to Denmark to study a MSc degree in Bioinformatics at the University of Copenhagen. This is a wonderful two-year program that allowed me to develop my bioinformatics expertise, including statistics and data science. The program also allowed me to test myself by performing several research projects in world-class scientific groups. After a short intership at Brunak’s group in the Center for Protein Research, I joined the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, were I performed my MSc thesis as part of the Bird 10,000 Genome project under the supervision of Guojie Zhang(Google Scholar)
In addition, during my MSc studies, I was part-time employed as a bioinformatician at Evaxion Biotech and Rigshospitalet, Genomic Medicine.
I hold a BSc degree in Biotechnology - Human and Biomedical biotechnology track - from the Technical University of Valencia. This is a 4-year program, in which I had the change to undergone two academic exchanges. First I went to Krakow (Poland), to Jagiellonian University (9 months). Later I moved to Beijing (China) in Tsinghua University (6 months). Once I finished my studies and before starting my MSc, I was an intern at JL Micol’s group.