Dr. Yolanda Espinosa
I was undergraduate, and later graduate student, at the Barcelona University where I obtained a PhD in Biology in 2000 studying the molecular basis of thrombophilia. From 2000 to 2003 I performed a postdoctoral stage granted by the European Commission at the Genetics Department in the Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades (University Paris V), Paris (France), on the study of syndromic disorders using genomic and transcriptomic approaches. Back in Spain I had the opportunity to lead my own research group within the Ramón y Cajal program at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona (2004-2009), studying the role of microRNA-meditated regulation in neurological disorders. In 2009 I entered the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona as Associate Professor at the Program of Evolutionary Biology and Complex Systems, teaching at the bachelors’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and continuing the study of gene regulation but under the perspective of evolution. Since 2015 I have a position as Associate Professor at the Medicine School in the Magallanes University (UMAG) in Punta Arenas (Chile) where I lead a research group investigating the molecular basis of aging and cancer, under a genomic and evolutionary perspective. My interest in research also extends to the study of how gene regulation contributes to animal adaptation to changing environmental conditions.
The role of gene regulation in human evolution
Genomics of aging and related disorders
MicroRNA-mediated regulation in gastric cancer