I'm a postdoctoral researcher at CNAG-CRG in Barcelona. My studies are focused on computational 3D Genomics that in my case means to build 3D models of the DNA combining general concepts of statistical Physics and experimental data. I'm Italian, and I studied Physics at Universita La Sapienza in Rome and Biophysics at SISSA in Trieste. I chose to write a Citizen Science project because I like to discuss my work with other people and understand their point of view on it. I also believe that when you can explain a complex concept in simple terms to anyone is when you realised its essence.
I work as a postdoctoral researcher at CNAG-CRG, where I study how 3D folding of DNA may influence the onset of diseases. I was born in Cedeira, a small town in the coast of Galicia, and studied Biology in Santiago de Compostela. Then I moved to Barcelona where I got my PhD at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, trying to find an answer to why do we get old & sick. Despite my previous and current lines of research differ a bit from Genigma’s concepts, I became very interested lately in “building" cancer genomes out from 3D data. My bet is that it has a great potential in the future… but we could only know if many citizens get involved in Genigma.
I obtained a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the UAB where I worked on protein folding. After that, I went to the US for a postdoctoral training on protein structure modeling at the Rockefeller University. Later on, I was appointed Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCSF. Between 2006 and 2011, I headed the Structural Genomics Group at the CIPF in Valencia (Spain). Since October 2013, I am ICREA Research Professor and lead the Structural Genomics Group at the National Center for Genomic Analysis (CNAG) and the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), both in Barcelona. Our group employs the laws of physics and the rules of evolution to develop and apply computational methods for predicting the 3D structures of macromolecules and their complexes.
I am an enthusiast of open science and participatory projects. After a PhD and many oceanic adventures, in 2004 I decided to give a twist to my career and devote myself to scientific communication and citizen science. After years of training and experience in both fields, I join the Communication team at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in 2017, to assume the role of facilitator of citizen science projects. Making citizen science in a fundamentals research center is a huge challenge! GENIGMA is a new opportunity to demonstrate that participatory research can be a key approach to boost this type of research and a good tool to promote open science more aligned with the interests of society.