Elena Gómez-Díaz, PhD

Principal Investigator

I am Distinguished Researcher (ID) at the IPBLN-CSIC, where I lead the malaria epigenomics group. I did my PhD at the University of Barcelona. As a postdoc I spent 3 years at the CNRS (France), funded by a MSCA; 2 years at the IBE-CSIC (Spain), with a Juan de la Cierva contract, and 3 years at Emory University (USA). As a PI I have been awarded with the “Leonardo” fellowship from the BBVA Foundation, and we recently got one of the prestigious Health research projects by “La Caixa” Foundation. I coordinate the “Women in Malaria” community and the Equality and Diversity commission of my institute.


Diana C. López Farfán, PhD


I obtained the degree in Microbiology at Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), and the PhD on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Universidad de Granada (Spain). My expertise is on transcriptional regulation and epigenetics of Apicomplexa (Trypanosoma). My project focuses on investigating unknown celular niches of the new coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2) and co-infection with the parasite causing malaria (Plasmodium falciparum).


José Luis Ruiz Rodríguez

PhD Student

I obtained the degree in Basic and Experimental Biomedicine (US) and hold a Master’s degree in Omics Data Analysis (UVic-UCC). I use computational methods on –omics data to study chromatin-associated mechanisms that control transcription in malaria parasites and their mosquito vectors.


Bárbara Díaz Terenti 

PhD student

I obtained the degree in Biotechnology at Universidad de Oviedo, and I undertook the master of “Applied Molecular Biotechnology Companies (Bioenterprise)” at Universidad de Granada. My PhD thesis at the Gómez-Díaz Lab focuses on using computational biology tools to study the regulatory genome of malaria parasites during development in mosquitoes.


Rafael Serrano Durán

PhD student

I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology in Universidad Pablo de Olavide and my Master’s in Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology in Universidad de Sevilla. My PhD thesis at the Gómez-Díaz Lab focuses on the study of regulatory plasticity in the malaria parasite as strategy to quickly adapt to changing and unpredictable environments.


Ana María Santamaría

Visiting PhD Student

I obtained the degree in Biology at the University of Panama and the master’s degree in Epidemiology and tropical health at Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas de Estudios de la Salud (ICGES). My PhD, funded by a SENACYT mobility grant from Panama, focuses on studying the diversity and natural variability of Plasmodium parasites in malaria endemic regions of mesoamerica.



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