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MOBILE GENOMES & DISEASE

'We investigate the impact of mobile DNA on disease, and the genetic mechanisms that make cancers transmissible'

Martín Santamarina García, PhD student | Transmissible Cancer Retrotransposition

marsangar15@gmail.com

I consider myself as a person intrigued in understanding how things work "underneath the surface" in Life Sciences. My desire to learn about Genetics and Evolutionary Biology grew up since my first years as Biology student at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Once graduated, I decided to study a MSc. in Genetics and Evolution at Universidad de Granada, where in adition to face-to-face academic tranining, I had the chance to collaborate in a bioinformatic proyect exploring TCGA public datasets.

Currently, I´m a PhD student at Mobile Genomes and Disease Lab. My research aims to explore the impact of mobile DNA in transmissible cancer evolution, showing light on how retrotransposons coevolve with tumour genomes and influence the developement of the disease.


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As "non-biologist" I enjoy reading, practising sport, playing the guitar and having spare time with family and friends. Also, when there´s time enough, driving my car along the galician seacoast.