Faculty and Staff

Senior Faculty

Dr. Rafael Palacios

Dr. Rafael Palacios

Rafael Palacios obtained the M.D. degree in 1969 from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); and the Ph.D. degree in 1970 under the mentorship of Dr Guillermo Soberon (UNAM). He made a postdoctoral training in Stanford University with Dr Robert Schimke from 1971 to 1973. Since his return to Mexico he has worked in UNAM...
Dr. Guillermo Dávila

Dr. Guillermo Dávila

Guillermo Dávila is one of the senior researchers at the LIIGH. His past work was on the molecular biology of fungi; plasticity of the symbiotic genome of Rhizobium ; sequence an analysis of genomes, bacterial and phages, and transcriptomics in bacteria. Presently he is interested in genome structure and stability. He was one of the founders of the Genomic...

Associate Faculty

M.S. Margarita Flores

M.S. Margarita Flores

Margarita Flores was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Guanajuato in 1975 and her M.S. degree in cell biology from the Center of Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnical Institute of México in 1979. In 1981 she was incorporated in the Nitrogen Fixation Research...
Margareta Boege

Margareta Boege

Margareta Boege received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from UNAM. Her main area of interest was Topology. Currently she is a Mathematics teacher. She has taught several courses to a great variety of students at programs such as Mathematics, Engineering and the Genomic Sciences Undergraduate Program.

Junior Faculty

Dr. Alejandra Medina Rivera

Dr. Alejandra Medina Rivera

Alejandra obtained her Ph.D. in 2012 from the Biomedical Sciences Program at the National University of Mexico (UNAM), with a project developed under a cotutorship between Dr. Collado, at UNAM, and Dr. van Helden at the Université libre de Bruxelles. Since her Ph.D., she has been focused on developing bioinformatic tools, and strategies to study gene...
Dr. Lucía Morales

Dr. Lucía Morales

Lucía Morales received her Ph.D. in molecular genetics and genomics from the University Pierre and Marie Curie and the Pasteur-Paris University International Ph.D. program under the supervision of Dr. Bernard Dujon. During her Ph.D. thesis and postdoc at the Pasteur Institute, she studied the role of genomic rearrangements in the evolution of natural yeast genomes...
Dr. María C. Ávila Arcos

Dr. María C. Ávila Arcos

María obtained her BSc degree in Genomic Sciences from UNAM (National University of Mexico) in 2009. Soon after that she moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to study a Ph.D. specializing in Paleogenomics at the Centre for GeoGenetics under the supervision of Tom Gilbert. She obtained her Ph.D. diploma in 2013 and stayed an extra year as...
Dr. C. Daniela Robles-Espinoza

Dr. C. Daniela Robles-Espinoza

Daniela obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK, in February 2015, under the supervision of Dr. David Adams at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. During her PhD and postdoctoral research, she studied the mechanisms of genetic predisposition to the aggressive skin cancer melanoma, and contributed to the development of tools to interpret and...
Dr. V. Diego Ortega del Vecchyo

Dr. V. Diego Ortega del Vecchyo

Diego obtained his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016 under the cotutorship of John Novembre and Kirk Lohmueller. His graduate research was focused on how demographic history impacts the genetic variation of alleles under natural selection using genomic information from canines and humans. Following his PhD studies, he did a Postdoc...
Dr. Mariana Gómez Schiavón

Dr. Mariana Gómez Schiavón

Mariana obtained her B.Sc. degree in Genomic Sciences from UNAM (2009), her M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering and Physics from CINVESTAV Monterrey (2011) under the supervision of Dr. Moisés Santillán, and her Ph.D. degree in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from Duke University (2016) under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas Buchler. Her graduate research explored how...
Dr. Claudia Gonzaga Jauregui

Dr. Claudia Gonzaga Jauregui

Claudia Gonzaga-Jauregui did her undergraduate studies in Genomic Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She obtained her PhD in Molecular and Human Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine, where she contributed to large population genomic studies such as HapMap 3 and pioneered the analyses of genomic sequencing data for the identification of...
Dr. Cristopher Van Hout

Dr. Cristopher Van Hout

Cris trained at the University of Michigan, graduating with a M.A. in statistics and Ph.D. in Human Genetics, and a thesis focused on the population genomics of the Old Order Amish of Pennsylvania. He took a postdoctoral position at Cornell University with research topics in applied statistical genetics in human and non-model organisms. Over the years,...

Staff Technical Support

QIA Carina Uribe Díaz

QIA Carina Uribe Díaz

Assistance in Developing novel methodology
Carina is a graduated at the Autonomous University of Querétaro ( UAQ ) as a Chemical Food Engineer. She made her thesis for the degree in the Biotechnology Laboratory of UAQ and worked in the industrial field on the area of microbiological and physicochemical analysis. At LIIGH she is collaborating with the development and innovation of genomics and...
QIA Alejandra Castillo Carbajal

QIA Alejandra Castillo Carbajal

Assistance in Developing novel methodology
Alejandra  is a chemical food engineer, graduated in 2012 from the Autonomous University of Querétaro (UAQ). She has worked for at the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Chemistry of UAQ, using traditional and molecular techniques for the identification of microorganisms. At LIIGH, she is collaborating with the development and innovation of genomics and molecular biology techniques.
Ing. Luis Alberto Aguilar

Ing. Luis Alberto Aguilar

High Computing Performance Administration
Luis Alberto Aguilar earned his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from UAQ. During his academic stay in the university he worked in several extracurricular activities, including the participation in the contest “Master the Mainframe” organized by IBM, besides being part of the editorial staff of two research journals edited by Mecamex, and the creation of...
Ing. Jair García

Ing. Jair García

Systems and Networks Administration
He studied computer engineering at the Universidad Politécnica del Estado de Morelos. In March 2009 he joined the Computational Genomics Program from the Center of Genomic Sciences of UNAM where he participated in software development. He has collaborated as analyst, designer and programmer in several software projects. Some of the most relevant projects in which Jair García has participated...

Staff Administrative Support

Abigayl Hernández Jiménez

Abigayl Hernández Jiménez

Head of Administration
Currently she is working at LIIGH UNAM Campus Juriquilla as Head of Administration performing activities such as national and international procurement and general administration of the Laboratory. She has more than 23 years of experience working in several departments as TV UNAM and Coordination of Administrative Services in Campus Juriquilla , where she performed functions...
Eglee Lomelín de Anda

Eglee Lomelín de Anda

Academic Assistant of Dr. Palacios
Bachelor of Visual Arts with a major in Graphic Design from the Autonomous University of Queretaro. Her work has been featured in the area of publishing graphic design, as well as creating corporate identities for several companies in the state of Queretaro. Currently she performs as the academic assistant of Dr. Rafael Palacios. Equally she...