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Adrian Baez-Ortega

Adrian Baez-Ortega

PhD student


Adrian is an enthusiastic bioinformatician focused on the analysis of large-scale genomic data sets, and a PhD student at the Transmissible Cancer Group. His strongest scientific interest is in elucidating the influence of subtle evolutionary and mutational processes on cancer; he also has wider interests in molecular evolution, microbiology and mathematical modelling.

Adrian's current research revolves around the design of computational methods for the extraction and analysis of high-dimensional data sets, with the aim of unravelling the evolutionary history of CTVT, an 11,000-year-old contagious cancer. As part of this research, he has developed Somatypus, a computational pipeline for identifying mutations in large numbers of cancer samples, and mutree, a tool for inferring phylogenetic trees and discovering recurrent mutations in them. Previously, Adrian received an Extraordinary Degree Award and other honours for his computer science studies in Spain, where he developed IonGAP, an online platform for the assembly and analysis of bacterial genomes, as well as a QIIME-based workflow for the analysis of metagenomic sequence data.

His expertise is in genetic variation analysis, statistical programming and conceptual design of computational workflows. He also writes scientific dissemination articles for his personal website, divulgatum.

See Adrian's profile on LinkedIn | ResearchGate | ORCID.

Key Publications

Adrian Baez-Ortega, Kevin Gori
Briefings in Bioinformatics (2017), DOI: 10.1093/bib/bbx082
Preprint available on bioRxiv
Fabian Lorenzo-Diaz, Cris Fernández-Lopez, Pierre-Emmanuel Douarre, Adrian Baez-Ortega, Carlos Flores, Philippe Glaser, Manuel Espinosa
Open Biology 6: 160084 (2016)
DOI: 10.1098/rsob.160084

Adrian Baez-Ortega, Fabian Lorenzo-Diaz, Mariano Hernandez, Carlos Ignacio Gonzalez-Vila, Jose Luis Roda-Garcia, Marcos Colebrook, Carlos Flores
IonGAP: integrative bacterial genome analysis for Ion Torrent sequence data
Bioinformatics, 31(17): 2870–2873 (2015)
DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btv283

A shaggy dog story: The contagious cancer that conquered the world

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