RESEARCHERS

Clara Alcántara Domínguez

GENYO. Centro Pfizer – Universidad de Granada – Junta de Andalucía de Genómica e Investigación Oncológica - Unidad de Genómica e Investigación Oncológica

Data

Graduate in Biological Sciences. Graduate School of Biological Sciences. University of Seville (Seville). 2006-2011
Masters Degree in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology. Centre of Postgraduate Studies. University of Pablo de Olavide (Seville). 2011-2012
Laboratory Technician in Analysis and Quality Control. C.P.I.F.P. Profesor Rodríguez Casado (Palos de la Frontera, Huelva). 2013-2015
FCT Practices of the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte. Colaboration in Phase I of Algaplus Project “Upscale and optimisation of an olive wastewater treatment photobioreactor (PBR) coupled to algae biomass valorisation as biofertilizer and treated water reuse”, Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. BiotMicrogen S.L., CIDERTA Centre. University of Huelva (Huelva). Apr-Jun 2015
Cell Culture Unit Technician (Research Support Unit). GENyO Centre. Parque Tecnológico Ciencias de la Salud. Granada. December 2015-2018
Genomics and Genotyping Unit Technician (Research Support Unit). GENyO Centre. Parque Tecnológico Ciencias de la Salud. Granada. 2018 - Present


Province

Granada


Category

BIOLOGY


Institution

Centro GENYO - Unidad de Genómica


Departament

GENYO. Centro Pfizer – Universidad de Granada – Junta de Andalucía de Genómica e Investigación Oncológica - Unidad de Genómica e Investigación Oncológica


Investigation Group

Genomics and Genotyping Unit


Lines of investigation

I directly work in several research projects focused on the study of the genetic basis of different disorders and diseases:
- Study of biomarkers for use in nutrigenetics and pharmacogenetics, through whole genome genotyping with microarray technology.
- Determination of methylation patterns using high performance microarray platforms.
- Association of genetic and epigenetic factors with childhood obesity, through the detection and analysis of variations in our DNA.


The most notable result of your research

I have optimized the analysis of massive genotyping data, achieving a more solid classification of patients and controls based on their DNA content. This improvement in analysis gives us higher confidence when advising donors about recommendations in nutrition, exercise and health.


How did you come to science and why are you still here?

I have always wanted to work in the field of Health Sciences. After finishing my degree in Biology I tried on the area of ecology by achieving a Master in Conservation Biology, but it was later when I discovered that what I really liked was the laboratory work. I continued my training in order to improving and learning laboratory techniques in Molecular Biology. Currently my work in the Genomics Unit of GENyO is allowing me to put into practice the knowledge acquired during my training, in addition to offering me a workspace of continuous learning and management of the latest technologies dedicated to the comprehensive study of the human genome and its expression.


A scientific desire

Increased funding for R&D. We need to continue going forward in creating new systems to diagnose, prevent and treat diseases.


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