After obtaining a degree in Basic Biomedical Research from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), I decided to focus on in silico approaches to Biology. I did a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, at the Institute of Biotechnology (UNAM) in Enrique Merino’s group. During this period, I developed a method to predict highly conserved regulatory elements in bacteria, with which I was able to find several new riboswitches (RNA-sensors embedded in many transcripts). I then joined Julio Collado’s group at the Center for Genomic Sciences (UNAM) to integrate some of my results to their RegulonDB database. After that, I decided to explore the Eukaryotic world more closely, as a postdoc in Anton Enright’s group, first at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Cambridge, UK), and then at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI, Cambridge, UK). My postdoctoral research focused on the effect that miRNAs have on expression profiles and how this can be used to further our understanding of the targeting process.
At the end of 2010 I started my own RNA Computational Genomics group at the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity (Langebio) in Mexico.