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Gerard Muntané.

Postdoctoral scientist

Universitat Rovira I Virgilli (URV)

I always got fascinated about human evolution, specially its relation to human brain abilities and specific diseases. My research interest involves the comprehensive understanding of how genetic alterations in key pathways contribute to brain diseases, brain evolution and senescence. During my scientific career I have had the opportunity of building up an interdisciplinary background working in different projects and at different laboratories. I specialized in handling large scale genomic and gene expression data, network analyses, evolutionary models to study natural selection, and complex phenotypic and genetic data sets to address questions related to health and complex traits in humans. From 2015 to 2017 I was granted a Beatriu de Pinós PostDoctoral Fellowship (Marie Curie- COFUND) to join the Evolutionary Genomics Lab at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in the study of ageing from a comparative genomics point of view. During my career, I have generated fruitful research, I have trained several lab students, and ultimately, I have taught at the University. Also, in 2018 I received national funds as a co-Investigator to explore the genetic contribution of mitochondria to the development of psychotic disorders.