Dr. Jaime Iranzo is joining the CBGP (UPM-INIA) as a Ramón y Cajal Researcher

Dr. Iranzo joints the new Computational/Systems Biology and Genomics Program of the CBGP (UPM-INIA). Dr. Iranzo has completed a 5-year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) from the National Institute of Health (NIH, USA). His research combines comparative genomics and mathematical modeling to investigate the evolution of microbes and viruses.


Dr. Iranzo has a transdisciplinary background with degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, and Physics. For the last 11 years, his research has been focused on understanding the major evolutionary and ecological processes that occur in microbial populations from a systems perspective, combining empirical data with tools from statistical mechanics, game theory, and network science.



Dr. Iranzo obtained a PhD in Mathematical Engineering at the Centre for Astrobiology with Dr. Susanna Manrubia in 2013. Afterwards, he joined Dr. Koonin´s group at National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI,  National Institute of Health (NIH), USA) for a 5-year postdoctoral fellowship. There, he acquired advanced skills in bioinformatics and comparative genomics that enabled him to study the effects of genome plasticity and virus-host arms races on microbial and viral evolution. The emergence of cooperative behavior in unicellular organisms, the inevitable rise and persistence of genetic parasites, and the role of selection and gene turnover in shaping microbial genomes have been central topics of Dr. Iranzo's recent research. He has also applied network analysis to overcome the limitations of classical tree-based phylogenetic methods, establishing a promising research direction for deep viral phylogenomics that has already drawn the attention of multiple research groups.



Since summer 2019, Dr. Iranzo holds a Ramon y Cajal position at the CBGP (UPM-INIA). In the coming years, he will explore the interplay of ecological and evolutionary processes in microbial communities. By joining the CBGP (UPM-INIA) Dr. Iranzo expects to establish collaborations with experimentalists and pursue research goals that would not be possible using only comparative or modeling approaches. 


Welcome Jaime to the CBGP!


About Dr. Iranzo Research Publications

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About the CBGP (UPM-INIA)


The mission of the CBGP (UPM-INIA) is to carry out fundamental and strategic research in plant science and in microorganisms interacting with plants. The research is focused on understanding important biological processes such as plant development, the interaction of plants with the environment and the mechanisms of plant nutrition. Additionally, CBGP is interested in developing and using computational biology tools to achieve its goals. The acquired knowledge is used to tackle major problems of agriculture and forestry, and to develop novel technological solutions. CBGP (UPM-INIA) has also an educational role and is a reference center for training scientists and Master's and Bachelor-level students in plant biotechnology and genomics. CBGP (UPM-INIA) has been recognized by the Spanish Research Agency as Centre of Excellence Severo Ochoa, the highest institutional recognition of scientific research excellence in Spain CBGP (UPM-INIA).


About CsBGP program


In the frame of the SO-CBGP strategic Plan, a novel Computational-Systems Biology and Genomics Programe has been launched, which will enhance the implementation of computational/genomics tools and novel research lines.

The mission statement of this program is to revolutionize plant and agricultural research by applying systems-level, multi-scale, information-driven and model-driven approaches to improving plant growth, enhancing productivity, and preventing disease.


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