Welcome to our lab’s online home!

We are the Cancer Genetics & Bioinformatics lab at LIIGH UNAM

LIIGH stands for International Laboratory for Human Genome Research (Laboratorio Internacional de Investigación sobre el Genoma Humano, in Spanish) and we are based at the National University of Mexico (UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), in its lovely Juriquilla Campus. Our lab was established recently, but we already have several projects ongoing and some new exciting collaborations rolling!


We are interested in investigating genomic drivers and genetic predisposition to cancer, in the context of Latin American populations, especially Mexicans. At the moment, we are focused on the genetics of the malignant skin cancer melanoma but we are hoping to eventually study other cancers of relevance in Mexico and Latin America (in fact, we started our first project on liver cancer recently!). Our expertise is in data analysis from whole exome and whole genome sequencing and their interpretation, and we hope to perform functional studies to help translate bioinformatic findings into clinically actionable results.

We collaborate with several consortiums and institutions. Our main, established collaborations are with the Mexican National Cancer Institute, the Oncodermatology Clinic at the National University of Mexico, the GenoMEL Consortium, the Experimental Cancer Genetics lab at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology, the Brazilian National Cancer Institute, and the Alexandrov lab at UCSD.

Our lab’s Principal Investigator is C. Daniela Robles-Espinoza, Ph.D. If you are interested in our work, please get in touch!