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Oscar Lao

PI of Population genomics

CRG-CNAG, Barcelona

Oscar Lao holds a degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona, a undergraduate degree in Computer Sciences from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and a PhD in Health Sciences from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Between 2005 and 2014 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Forensic Molecular Biology Department at Erasmus Medical Centre University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. In 2015 he obtained a Ramon y Cajal contract from the Spanish Ministry of Science that allowed him to became Team Leader of the Group of Population Genomics at CNAG-CRG; since 2018 he is Group Leader of the same group. His work focuses on the analysis and interpretation of the genetic variation present in human populations, and the development of new statistical and bioinformatic tools for the detection of hidden population substructure and the inference of demographic processes. As result of this work, Oscar Lao has co-authored over 60 articles published in prestigious scientific journals and encyclopedias.