Genomics and Health (HealthOmics)


Department (s)
(1) Genetics, Physical Anthropology and Animal Physiology
(2) Immunology, Microbiology and Parasitology
(3) Mathematics

Knowledge area
Genetics, Genomics, Molecular microbiology, Biomedicine
PI: Begoña M. Jugo Orrantia Co-PI: Miren Basaras Ibarzabal


Professors: Ana María Valle Martín, Miren Elixabete Arrese Arratibel PhD

Students: Martin Bilbao-Arribas, Rosario Almela Ferrer


Immune response, RNAseq, miRNAs, lncRNAs

The main objective of our research group is the deepening in the study of the mechanisms of infectious diseases using omics methodologies. Our Research includes in depth knowledge of specific pathogens and diseases, along with a carefully selected sample and optimally developed model systems. Among the specific objectives, and in relation to the host-pathogen interactions, the following are addressed:
    • Detection and characterization of genomic elements (genes and not-coding RNAs) involved in the immune response against infectious agents
    • Metagenomics approaches to the relationship between host microbiota and infectious agents
    • Immune response to vaccination and vaccine adjuvants by transcriptomic analysis.
These tests can provide information for the diagnosis of cervico-vaginal diseases in humans on the one hand, and allow the identification of regulatory elements and genes involved in the response  immune system against virus in a model organism. Lastly, they can also provide information on the improvement of existing vaccines and for the design of new ones.

Lines of Research

  1. Characterization of immune response to vaccines with aluminum adjuvants using transcriptomic methodologies in model animals
  2.  Metagenomic analysis of the cervico-vaginal microbiota as a modulator of infectious diseases in women
  3.  Detection and characterization of miRNAs of viral origin (v-miRNAs)


  • Equipmentfor PCR amplification and electrophoresis analysis of nucleic acids.
  • Ultracentrifuge
  • Computers for bioinformatics analysis

Website link
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