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I am an enthusiast and highly motivated researcher. Throughout my scientific career, I have shown a consistent record of high-mobility and self-sought experiences in different areas related to Animal Sciences. I am a Veterinarian (2006, Universidad de Granma, Cuba), obtained a MSc in Animal Breeding and Reproduction Biotechnology (UPV-AUB, 2008) and a PhD from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2012. During that period, I got a mobility grant to receive an Industrial Traineeship in System Biology at CSIRO (Brisbane, Australia). My PhD work focused on identifying genetic markers and gene networks associated with the intramuscular fatty acids profile in pigs.
After my PhD dissertation, in July 2013, I was awarded a Marie-Curie FP7 COFUND People Programme to perform a post-doctoral stage at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA, France). The main goal of the post-doc was to develop the reference gene catalogue of the pig gut and the bovine rumen microbiome within a project participated by INRA (France), UCPH (Denmark) and BGI (China). In 2014, I was recruited as a Junior research scientific (CR2) in the Bovine Genetics and Genomics team (INRA, Jouy en Josas). During this period, I have led two projects focused on cattle adaptation to tropical conditions and the relationship between the ruminal microbial ecosystem and methane emission.
In 2017, I joined IRTA with a Marie Sklodowska-Curie mobility contract to develop a project focusing the integration of ‘omics’ data for the molecular-based prediction of feed efficiency in pigs. Currently, I am coordinating a project funded by the Spanish RDI Programme Retos Investigación (AGL2017-88849-R), aiming at deciphering the joint contribution of gut microbiota and host genetics to efficiency, behavior and robustness in pigs. Since December 2020, I enjoying a Ramon y Cajal contract (RYC2019-027244-I) at IRTA.