The CG&Bio Lab at LIIGH-UNAM

Lab members


C. Daniela Robles-Espinoza, Ph. D. (Principal Investigator)

Daniela studied her B. Sc. in Genome Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and her Ph.D. in Cancer Genetics at the University of Cambridge, UK. She has expertise in the bioinformatic analysis and interpretation of genomes in the context of cancer predisposition and progression, especially melanoma. She is member of the National System of Researchers (SNI), level II, and currently holds an International Fellowship at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, in Cambridge, UK, and a Newton Advanced Fellowship from the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK.

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Christian Molina Aguilar, Ph. D. (Postdoctoral fellow)

Christian graduated from the Biomedical Sciences programme at UNAM, and has an experimental science background. He’s the one that keeps everything inside the wetlab running smoothly! He is currently working on a project testing the functional effects of candidate melanoma-predisposing genetic variants identified from family studies. He’s also interested in applying bioinformatics techniques to study tumour evolution.


Carolina Castañeda García (Ph. D. student)

Carolina is a Ph. D. student in the Biomedical Sciences programme at UNAM working on identifying genetic variation (rare and common) that predisposes to develop melanoma. She’s applying bioinformatic techniques to study targeted sequencing data from a case-control dataset with more than 3,000 individuals, collected by our collaborators at the University of Leeds, UK.



Patricia Basurto Lozada (Ph. D. Student)

Patricia studied a B. Sc. in Biotechnology Engineering at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and a MSc. in Infection and Immunity at University College London, UK. She is currently a Ph.D. student in our lab applying bioinformatic methodologies to elucidate the somatic genomics of acral lentiginous melanoma in Mexican patients.



Irving Simonin Wilmer (Ph.D. student)

Irving studied a B. Sc. in Applied Math at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico, where he wrote a thesis on applications of Bayesian statistics. He is joining our group as a Ph. D. student to work on a project that aims to find the genetic variants that predispose to acral lentiginous melanoma by analysing genotyping data from Mexican and British melanoma patients and controls.




Estefanía Vázquez (Ph.D. student)

Estef graduated from the BSc. in Biotechnology at the Autonomous University of Queretaro. Her research interests include the mechanisms of resistance and prediction of response to immunotherapy. During her work experience she developed a strong interest in cancer genomics, advances in technology and its implementation into the clinic setting. Estef’s PhD project focuses on the study of the immune infiltration in acral lentiginous melanoma tumours from Mexican patients.



Fernanda Arriaga (MSc student)

Fer is studying a MSc with a focus on Biotechnology at the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM), and she is doing her thesis research at our lab. She works studying the protective effect of caloric restriction in the development of liver fibrosis, which is a condition associated with progression to hepatocellular carcinoma. She is directly supervised by Christian Molina.



Rebeca Olvera (BSc student)

Rebeca is a student in the B. Sc. programme in Technology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her career has a multidisciplinary training, which allows her to apply knowledge and learned methodologies to solve problems of technological research. She’s part of our wetlab team and her research contributes to evaluating the functional effects of genetic variants found in patients with familial melanoma. She is interested in continuing her contribution to the melanoma project, especially with acral lentiginous melanoma.



Kevin Villa (BSc student)

Kevin is a BSc student in Biology at the Michoacan University of San Nicolás de Hidalgo, and is doing his dissertation in our lab studying the effects of caloric restriction on hepatocellular carcinoma development with an emphasis on the fibrotic stage. He is working under the direct supervision of postdoc Christian Molina.





Raúl Ossio Vela, M.D. (Ph. D. student)

Raúl is a graduate student of the Biomedical Sciences Program at the National Autonomous University of México. After he obtained his Medical Degree at the Monterrey Institute of Technology, he got a Master’s Degree in Information Technology from the same institution. He is interested in how genomic sciences can have an impact on healthcare through personalized medicine. His current research focuses on creating software tools for genomic data visualization, with the goal of using these to explore genetic variation that increases risk to develop melanoma.


Isaac García Salinas (B. Sc. student – Now MPhil at Cambridge University)

Isaac graduated from the B.Sc. in Microbiology at the Autonomous University of Queretaro with honours. During his formation, he became interested in computational methods to study genetic variation in humans and decided to use them in his thesis work. In our lab, he worked on a project that aims to interpret functionally the role of GWAS hits in melanoma predisposition and telomere length determination. We are still collaborating with him on some melanoma projects.



We are for the moment unable to take on any more students or postdocs. But – are you interested in collaborating with us? Send us an email!