I graduated in 1990 in Biology at the University of Granada, where I also obtained my Ph.D. with a thesis on the genetic resources in a worldwide collection of Annona cherimola cultivars, supervised by Luis Pascual (Dept. of Genetics) and Alberto Vargas (Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). After, I enjoyed a postdoc position in the Werren lab in the Department of Biology of The University of Rochester (Rochester, NY, USA). I returned to the Department of Genetics (UGR) into the Evolutionary Genetics Group led by Professor Juan Pedro M. Camacho. In 2004, I began working with Prof. José M. Gómez on a long-term collaboration that catalyzed the formation of the EVOFLOR group. During the academic year 2016/17, I was visiting scholar in the Rothfels lab at the University of California – Berkeley.
My current scientific interest is centered on the co-evolutionary process, both at genomic and ecological/population levels. As a member of EVOFLOR (a CSIC-associated unit), I study the diffuse co-evolution among flowers and their pollinators, merging molecular genetics and modeling approaches. With the scientific project MORE we have started to analyze the evolutionary role of the phenotypic plasticity in some species of the genus Moricandia (Brassicaceae), how phenotypic plasticity expresses in functional and floral traits, and its importance to understanding the ecology and evolution of plants.
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