My major interest is the investigation of the genetic factors of complex traits in humans, mostly respiratory diseases.
Despite my background in genomics and transcriptomics of the response to asthma medications, my research experience is progressively broadening to other approaches with genetics in a central position in the attempt to better understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the accelerated decline in lung function in patients with childhood asthma and the persistence of the disease until adult life.
Specifically, the combination of genomics and proteomics in different asthma-related traits and the exploration of genetic determinants of lung function across the lifespan through the estimation of polygenic risk scores of different respiratory traits are my main current focuses.
Jun 2021 - present: Postdoc – Södersjukhuset, Karolinska Institutet
Feb 2021: Ph.D. in Health Sciences - Hospital Universitario N.S. de Candelaria, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain. Dissertation: Genetic factors involved in the response to inhaled corticosteroids in pediatric asthma
Jan 2019 - Jun 2019: Ph.D. internship - Center for Human Molecular Genetics and Pharmacogenomics, University of Maribor, Slovenia
Jun 2016: MSc in Biomedicine - University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
Jul 2015: BSc in Biology - University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
Academic honours, awards and prizes
2022: Extraordinary Ph.D. Award - University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
2021: EAACI Research Medium-term Fellowship - European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
2021: ERS Long-Term Research Fellowship 2021 - European Respiratory Society
2019: 1st Research Excellence Award for Ph.D. Students from University of La Laguna’s Research Institutes - University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain