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Virus experimental evolution, virus social evolution, mutation rates, oncolytic viruses, phage
In our lab at the Science Park of the University of Valencia (find us), we study virus evolution from an experimental approach. Currently, we are investigating how social-like interactions shape the variability and evolution of viruses. We are also interested in exploring the use of viruses as anti-cancer therapeutic agents, and of phage therapy.
Rafael Sanjuán, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Genetics
Tel: +34 963 543 270
Instituto de Biología Integrativa de Sistemas (I2SysBio)
C/ Catedrático Agustín Escardino 9
46980 Paterna, Valencia
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. After a stay at 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, we returned to our group to study HIV variability, funded by the ERC and MINECO. He has recently obtained a Ramón y Cajal 5-year tenure.
Pilar did her PhD in our lab and then moved to Strasbourg for a 3-year postdoc in which she investigated how adaptive immunity shapes the genetic diversity of polyomaviruses in renal transplant patients. She just obtained a 3-year Juan de la Cierva senior postdoc contract in our laboratory.
Juan Vicente Bou Prados
Jenni has a Degree in Biotechnology and her PhD focuses on the origins of genetic diversity inhuman adenoviruses.
María just defended a PhD on brain ultrastructure advised by Prof. José M. García-Verdugo at the Universitat de València. He recently joined our lab to analyse the structure of viral infectious units.
We are now recruiting 1 additional research assistant.