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Adrian Baez-Ortega

Adrian Baez-Ortega

PhD student


Adrian is an enthusiastic bioinformatician and PhD student at the Transmissible Cancer Group. His major academic interest is in understanding the dynamics of mutation and selection in the genomes of normal and cancer cells. His side interests include scientific dissemination, evolutionary genetics, statistics, physics, and the history of science.

Adrian's current research centres on the evolutionary history of CTVT, an ancient canine transmissible cancer. For his research, Adrian has received the Kennel Club Charitable Trust Postgraduate Student Inspiration Award (funded with £10,000), the St Catharine’s Prize for Distinction in Research, and the Abcam Postgraduate Research Prize. Previously, he received an Extraordinary Degree Award and other honours for his computer science studies in Spain, where he developed tools for the assembly and analysis of bacterial genomes and metagenomes.

Adrian's research has been featured in prominent international media platforms, including WIRED, The Atlantic, The Times, Gizmodo, El País and The Hindu. He also writes for his two blogs, divulgatum and in silico.

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Key Publications

Adrian Baez-Ortega, Kevin Gori, Andrea Strakova et al.
Science, 365, eaau9923 (2019)
DOI: 10.1126/science.aau9923
Bernardo Rodriguez-Martin, Eva G. Alvarez*, Adrian Baez-Ortega* et al.
Nature Genetics (in press)
Preprint DOI:
*Authors contributed equally
Sebastian M. Waszak, Grace Tiao, Bin Zhu et al.
(Under review in Nature)
Preprint DOI:
Kevin Gori, Adrian Baez-Ortega
bioRxiv (2018)
Preprint DOI: 10.1101/372896
The origins and vulnerabilities of two transmissible cancers in Tasmanian devils
Maximilian R. Stammnitz, Tim H. H. Coorens, Kevin C. Gori et al.
Cancer Cell, 33 (4): 607–619 (2018)
DOI: 10.1016/j.ccell.2018.03.013
Adrian Baez-Ortega, Kevin Gori
Briefings in Bioinformatics, 20 (1): 77–88 (2017)
DOI: 10.1093/bib/bbx082
Preprint available on bioRxiv
IonGAP: integrative bacterial genome analysis for Ion Torrent sequence data
Adrian Baez-Ortega, Fabian Lorenzo-Diaz, Mariano Hernandez, Carlos Ignacio Gonzalez-Vila, Jose Luis Roda-Garcia, Marcos Colebrook, Carlos Flores Bioinformatics, 31 (17): 2870–2873 (2015)
DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btv283
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
Master’s Thesis, Universidad de La Laguna (2014)