Dr. Peris has a Ph.D. in Biotechnology (University of Valencia, 2012). David Peris has expertise in comparative genomics, fungal evolution, highthroughput microbial phenotyping, bioinformatics and biotechnological applications. Since 2021, he is Principal Investigator at University of Oslo (Norway) and since 2022 Distinguished Researcher at IATA-CSIC (Spain). Dr. Peris is studying mechanisms of speciation and adaptation in mushroom-like organisms and yeasts. His group (FunGIALab) implements bioinformatics tools to study evolution and adaptation of fungi, develops new molecular methods for generating new strains with applications in the production of healthy, safe and sustainable food products. He is actually supervisor of 2 PhDs, 1 postdoc and 2 undergraduate students.


He has developed his research in five countries (Spain, UK, USA, Norway, Germany). Dr. Peris has been lecturer of basic genetics, evolutionary biology, mycology and synthetic biology. He has mentored undergraduates, PhD students, and postdocs. He was president of the regional Section of Spanish Scientists in USA (ECUSA) - Midwest from 2015 to 2017, developing mentoring and outreach programs. Dr. Peris is co-author of 28 (2 under review) papers in indexed international journals (2 of them were journal covers and 1 was top 1% cited in 2018), 3 reviews (1 top cited in 2018/19), 2 national journals and he was involved in 22 research projects. He is member of 2 journal editorial boards, he has been project reviewer (one country) and journal reviewer of 20 international journals. He has participated in different international conferences (3 as invited speaker), contributing with posters and talks. He has also been awarded with 5 research grants, 2 small company grants, 2 computational grants, 6 travel grants, 1 professional development award, 1 oral talk prize, 1 poster prize, and he has displayed 3 intellectual disclosure reports and 2 patents.


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Scientific interests

Biodiversity, ecology and evolution of fungal species

Biotechnological application of wild and synthetic fungi

Reticulate evolution in the adaptation to new environments

Saccharomyces genus as a model to understand human diseases and evolution




generalitat valenciana (cidegent 2021) - sacchar2omics



Reserch council of norway (fripro 2021) - ploidyeast



Marie Curie Project (Horizon 2020) - MITOGRESSION


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MitogressionWine global demand is decreasing due to a shift in consumer preferences and cultural changes. The EU is a GLOBAL LEADER in WINE production, whose wine companies wants to decrease ethanol content, while improving organoleptic properties to deal with these new demands. YEASTS, mainly Saccharomyces cerevisiae, play a KEY ROLE during wine fermentation, when alcohol and the main flavors are produced. Application of new yeasts, produced by genetic engineering, is limited due to the non-acceptance of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). We PROPOSE to apply non-GMO methodologies, to obtain IMPROVED YEASTS by the generation of yeast strains (cybrids), with mitochondrial genomes (mitogression) from non-cerevisiae species, or hybrids, increasing yeast DIVERSITY, to select strains whose fermentation products match wine company expectations. We will ANSWER some BASIC research QUESTIONS: how is genotype molded by the presence of a foreign mitochondrial genome? Are these changes common between independent experiments and wild isolates? And, are evolved strains starting to show evidence of speciation from their ancestors? The results of this project will IMPACT the WINE INDUSTRY by generating new potential commercial strains, and future collaborations. The knowledge gained through this proposal will demonstrate to the scientific community the use of novel methodologies as well as expose the general public to the importance of biodiversity for industrial processes and how the transfer of genetic material and experimental evolution can produce beneficial traits for our societies.


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