José has a PhD in Biology from the
University of Valencia (2003). His career has
focused on the study of experimental and molecular
evolution of viruses. After a 3-year postdoc
granted by the Welcome Trust, he returned to
Cavanilles institute as Juan de la Cierva researcher
to work on phage and VSV experimental evolution.
Later on he obtained a JAE-Doc contract a the
Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de
Plantas (IBMCP-CSIC) where he analyzed adaptive
mechanisms of tobacco etch virus using microarrays
and massive sequencing technologies. Currently, he
is using patient isolates to study HIV
variability, funded by the ERC and MINECO.
Ron geller, postdoc
has a PhD in Biology from Stanford
University (2008), where he also subsequently completed a postdoc.
During his PhD, Ron studied the interaction between picornaviruses
(Polio, Rhino, and Coxsackievirus) and host cell protein folding
factors (chaperones), focusing on the potential of Hsp90 inhibitors as
antiviral drugs. During his postdoc, his work focused on
examining the role of chaperones in viral evolution, as well as
expanding his studies on the antiviral potential of Hsp90 inhibitors to
additional viral systems (RSV, influenza, yellow fever).
Raquel is a
molecular/cell biologist with expertise in the
discovery and development of drugs for the
treatment of human viral diseases, cancer and
genetic rare diseases. She is now starting a
PhD on viruses and cancer.
Combe, PhD Student
did a master thesis in Montpellier on the
ecological and evolutionary processes that
shape the interaction between microbial
communities. She has previously investigated
responses and adaptation of bacteria and
viruses to environmental fluctuations (e.g.
salinity, temperature, nutrients). As a PhD
student in our group, she is investigating how
mutation rates vary across viral species and
Pereira, PhD student
Marianoel is from
Uruguay but did her B.S. in Biology in
Valencia. She joined our lab as an
undergraduate student, then did her
master thesis in Molecular Biology in our lab.
She has recently been awarded with a
fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of
Education to do a y PhD in experimental
evolution. She is working on the genetic and
evolutionary determinants of bacteriophage
Joan B. Peris,
Joan says: "I am
a pharmacist, probably because when I was
forced to choose a degree I didn´t had
any clear idea of my academic preferences". He
did a Master in Cellular and Molecular Biology
and Biotechnology and he then entered our lab
as master student. He is now studying HIV and
hepatitis C mutation rates in vitro.
Hernández, Master Thesis student
Pablo is from
Tenerife. During 2010-2011 he performed his
final degree Project with Dr. Santiago F.
Elena at Instituto de Biología
Molecular y Celular de Plantas. He obtained
his degree in Biotechnology in 2011 from
Universitat Politècnica de
València. He is currently studying his
master in “Molecular and Cellular Biology and
Genetics” at Universitat de Valencia awarded
with a scholarship from “la Caixa” foundation.
He is working on his mater project in our lab,
co-advised by Carmen Rivas (CNB-CSIC). His
project consists of evolving VSV in different
kinds of tumoral cells.
Temesgen Woldezion (Student of the MHIRT
program), July-August 2008.
Loles Catalán (Research Assistant),
December 2008 - July 2009.
Paulina Davis (Student of the MHIRT program),
Katie Bradwell (Master Student), September
2009 – September 2010.
Antonio V. Borderia (Postdoc), December 2009 -
Pilar Domingo-Calap (PhD Student), September
2008 - September 2012.