Hi! My name is María José and I am a predoctoral student at the CNIO Bioinformatics Unit. I majored in Biochemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), and then I took a master’s degree in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the same university.
In 2016 and 2018, I was granted two summer fellowships to conduct short research projects in Kyoto University (KU), Japan. During my first internship, I studied the metabolism of the hyperthermophilic archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis. The second time I went to Japan, I was already a graduate student and I had the pleasure of working as a bioinformatician assistant in the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA). There I analyzed single cell RNA-seq data from transdifferenciating cells. After that internship, I was temporarily hired by CiRA to continue working remotely in that project.
In September 2018, I joined the CNIO Bioinformatics Unit to complete my master’s thesis. This work was focused in detecting germinal variants associated with adverse side effects in order to improve PanDrugs, our personalized drug prescription tool for cancer patients. During my time here, I have become very passionate about precision medicine and I have decided that I want to continue working in this area. That is why I am planning to start my PhD studies at the CNIO Bioinformatics Unit in Fall 2019.