Prof. Toni Gabaldón Estevan

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Prof. Toni Gabaldón


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Toni Gabaldón Estevan obtained his PhD at Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (Nijmegen, NL).Them he was awarded an EMBO Long Term Fellowship at Bioinformatics Department of the Investigation Centre of Prince Filip (Valencia). Since 2008 he is a Group Leader in the Bioinformatics and Genomics Programme at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, he is also a professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), where he teaches bioinformatics and molecular evolution. In 2012 he obtained the highly competitive starting grant from the European Research Council. Prof. Gabaldón’s team is focused on using comparative genomics and phylogenetics to study the origin, evolution and function of biological systems. This includes investigations of the origin and evolution of biochemical pathways, protein complexes and cellular organelles. The group uses comparative genomics to answer important biological questions, including those related to the evolution of fungal pathogens. He has published over 60 articles in international journals including Nature, Science, and Cell.

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Selected publications:
1. Late acquisition of mitochondria by a host with chimaeric prokaryotic ancestry, Nature 2016, DOI:10.1038/nature16941.
2. Synonymous mutations frequently act as driver mutations in human cancers, Cell, 2014, 156, 1324.

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