I am a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Dr. Angela Cánovas (UofG) and professor Dr. Joaquim Casellas (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain). My thesis focusses on the identification of genomic regions with transmission ratio distortion (TRD) across the whole genome in cattle. TRD is basically non-Mendelian inheritance (i.e., a violation of Mendelian genetic principles in the transmission of alleles from parents to offspring). It is known that this phenomenon can be resulted from various biological mechanisms occurring before fertilization (e.g., meiotic drive, germline selection, gametic competition) as at embryonic or fetal development or from the postnatal viability of offspring, being a consequence of a sort of genetic factors affecting reproduction. Moreover, the link of TRD with impaired fertility and differential offspring survival at different stages, emphasizes the importance of the study of TRD in livestock species. The current availability of a large amount of genomic data enables the study of TRD and discover genomic regions subject to this phenomenon that could contain potential genes and lethal alleles affecting reproductive performance.
I obtained my B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain). During the undergraduate degree I had the opportunity to work in the Center for Research in Agricultural Genomics (Spain) during 4 months and in the Department of Animal and Food Science of the University Autònoma of Barcelona during 3 months. During this time I acquired the basic skills of research that would allow me to progress independently in my career. My strong interest in and enthusiasm for research has led to me pursuing my research career by starting an M.Sc. program in Animal Medicine, Healthcare and Improvement at the University of Cordoba (Spain).