Seminarios IHSM La Mayora - Noé Fernández Pozo (IHSM La Mayora)

Bioinformatics tools for subtropical and Mediterranean crops Subtropical crops of interest in Spain, such as avocado, mango and cherimoya, as well as other Mediterranean crops such as the olive tree, are still under development from a genomic and bioinformatic point of view. Draft genomes of avocado, mango, olive and other subtropical species have recently been sequenced. However, most of these genomes have little or no annotations, and there are very few bioinformatics tools to access omics resources in these species. For example, expression data are of great importance to know where and when genes are expressed, which is very useful for the design of experiments and to help us understand their function. Unfortunately, in most of the cases only raw data are available, so they are not useful unless they are re-analyzed. Here, in the IHSM, we have a unique collection of subtropical accessions, like no other in Europe, and we are working to improve the annotations and resources of these species. We are developing bioinformatics tools to access omics data in olive and subtropical species, and we use omics and bioinformatics to research genes associated with traits of agricultural interest. - BIO Noé obtained his Bachelor in Biology at the Universidad de Málaga, where he also got his PhD studying pine transcriptomics under the direction of Prof. Gonzalo Claros. Then, he worked for five years as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Research Associate at the Boyce Thompson Institute, a research Institute associated with Cornell University, in NY, USA. There, he studied Solanaceae species at Mueller's Lab and the Sol Genomics Network, developing bioinformatics tools such as the Tomato Expression Atlas and the SGN VIGS Tool. Later, he worked as a Research Assistant for 4 years at the University of Marburg, in Germany. There, he worked on plant evolution at the Rensing's Lab. In September of 2021 he joined the IHSM as an Emergia Researcher and in May he continued as Ramon y Cajal Researcher. At the IHSM he uses bioinformatics to study subtropical and Mediterranean species.