Email: beatriz [dot] garcia [[at]] upm [dot] es
Beatriz is supported by a Postdoctoral contract associated to the "Severo Ochoa Program for Centres of Excellence in R&D” from the Agencia Estatal de Investigación of Spain (grant SEV-2016-0672 (2017-2021) to the CBGP.)
Beatriz currently works on microbiomes, integrating metagenomics and metabolic data using her expertise in Artificial Intelligence applied to bioinformatics (see details of her research line on microbiomes). She analyses and predicts dynamics in microbial communities, at the metagenomics (i.e. microbiome) and genomics level (i.e. genome-scale metabolic models), approaching the problem through transitions between stable states using Machine Learning, Data Mining and Artificial Intelligence techniques.
Additional research interests include Deep Learning applied to microbiome, network analysis, knowledge representation, data visualization and semantic annotations.
She received her PhD in Computer Science (Bioinformatics) from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) in 2012, under the supervision of Dr. Alfonso Valencia (Bio - CNIO) and Dr. Araceli Sanchis (CS - UC3M). She was an assistant professor of the Computer Science Department at UC3M, from 2006 to 2013. During 2013, she was a visiting postdoctoral researcher of the Computational Biology and Applied Algorithmics department at Max-Planck Institute for Informatics (MPII). For the subsequent three years, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Biological Informatics group at the Centre for Plant Biotechnology and Genomics UPM-INIA. She was then a postdoctoral researcher in the Systems Biotechnology Nogales’s lab at Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) for two years where she learnt about metabolic models. In October 2018, she returned to the Wilkinson Laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow funded by a CBGP Severo Ochoa award.
Her thesis won the 2012 National Best Thesis Award in the Experimental and Technological Sciences area from the Royal Spanish Doctoral Academy. In addition, she won awards from UC3M (Special Thesis Award 2011-2012), and from the Madrid Regional Government (Excellence in Academic Scholarship, 2004-2005), among others.
"Functional Annotation of Proteins based on Relational Representatiton in the Systems Biology Context." June 4. 2012. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. [PDF] Supervised by Alfonso Valencia and Araceli Sanchis.
National Best Thesis Award by the Royal Spanish Doctoral Academy (Experimental and Technological Sciences, 2012)