Antonio Torres Mendez – Visiting PhD student (July-October 2018)
Antonio obtained his B.S. in Biotechnology from Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville. He started his research experience working on yeast genetics in Rafael Daga’s lab, and on C. elegans development with Peter Askjaer. He then moved to Imperial College London, where he graduated from the MRes Systems and Synthetic Biology. For his masters thesis he joined the lab of John Heap, interested in the development of new tools to genetically modify cyanobacteria for industrial purposes. He is currently pursuing his PhD in the lab of Manuel Irimia, at CRG in Barcelona. His project focuses on the evolution of neural microexons, a highly conserved splicing program altered in some autistic patients. Antonio is currently doing a research stay in our lab, learning about fly neurogenetics and evolution.