Carlos Blázquez Bondia

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Carlos Blázquez Bondia

Pre-doctoral researcher

Carlos graduated in Microbiology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 2016. Shortly after, he moved as a research assistant at the School of Life Sciences (SLS) in the University of Warwick (UK). The focus of his research back there consisted of developing bacteriophage directed evolution and design by synthetic biology methods as novel therapies against multi drug resistant bacterial pathogens. At the end of 2017, he started a master’s degree in Bioinformatics at UAB. His master’s thesis internship was done at Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG), which consisted on benchmarking DNA methylation statistical analysis software and helped assembling a bioinformatic pipeline for bisulfite sequencing DNA methylation detection and analysis.

After finishing his Master’s (2018), Carlos worked as a bioinformatics technician position at Vall d’Hebron Institut de Recerca (VHIR), elucidating the effect of the gut microbiome in the evolution and pathogenesis of IBD, along with other side projects such as vaginal microbiome and its impact on pre-term birth and design and the relationship between nutrition and microbiome.

Finally, he started a PhD in the human microbiome at the Microbial Genomics group from Irsicaixa, and where he is currently working on researching the evolution of the gut microbiome during HIV infection and how it could be modulated to improve antiretroviral therapy response, reconstituting the immune system and, hopefully, improving the prospect of recovery for people living with HIV.

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