The central goal of our research program is to study the genetic, epigenetic and evolutionary mechanisms underlying the adaptation of marine organisms to changes in the environment, specially those affecting the integrity of their hereditary material.


We use three complementary approaches in our research: we analyze how DNA is organized within the cell nucleus, the links between pollutants and genetic alterations, and the epigenetic marks involved in the adaptive response to these stressors.


Our research helps develop new tools for pollution biomonitoring in the ocean evaluating the genotoxic effects on marine organisms, as well as the implications for the health of human consumers of fish and shellfish all over the world.


Our research has been recognized through several national and international awards, including Marie Curie (2006) and Ramon y Cajal Fellowships (2009), and Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Spanish Society of Evolutionary Biology (2011).

Chromatin constitutes the last frontier to DNA and as such, its study will provide us with keys for understanding how the hereditary information is regulated and transmitted throughout generations.