People


LANGEBIO Cinvestav, Mexico

Andrés Moreno Estrada

Principal Investigator | andres.moreno@cinvestav.mx | Twitter | Scholar

Andres I am a medical doctor and population geneticist deeply interested in molecular evolution and its implications in human population history and medical genomics. During my PhD I was trained in evolutionary and population genetics, which complemented my previous medical background. As a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Carlos Bustamante and research associate at Stanford University, my work integrated genomics, evolution and precision medicine in many different projects involving large collections of populations, in particular from the Americas and the Pacific. Our group is interested in human evolution, adaptation, and population history as well as the biomedical implications of human genetic diversity in underserved populations of the world.


Adriana Garmendia

Laboratory Administrator and Project Manager | adriana.garmendia@cinvestav.mx

Adriana I am the academic and administrative assistant of the Lab. I got my masters degree in Landscape Ecology at the Ecosystems Research Institute and Sustainability, UNAM. Although I love science I think it only reaches out to few people, especially in Mexico; that’s why my new passion is science communication. I like hiking, nature photography and I am a tea lover.


Consuelo Quinto

Postdoctoral Fellow | consuelo.quinto@cinvestav.mx

Consuelo I am a graduate of the Undergraduate Program on Genomic Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and obtained my PhD degree from the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Genetics at the University of Arizona. The focus of my dissertation was the use of SNP array data to infer the demographic history of human admixed populations. I am involved in different projects at the Moreno Lab including the demographic study of Near and Remote Oceania and the ancestry service at LANGEBIO. My interests are human evolution, population and forensic genetics. I love Star Wars.


Sergio Nigenda

Postdoctoral Fellow | sergio.nigenda@cinvestav.mx | Website | Twitter

Nigenda I am a marine biologist graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) in La Paz, Mexico, and obtained my doctoral degree from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). My research interests have mainly focused on evolutionary biology of non-model mammal species (i.e. whales, marsupials and coatis) with an emphasis in ecological and evolutionary genomics, phylogeography, phenotypic diversity associated to patterns of gene expression and adaptation to different environments. In the Moreno lab I am involved in several projects, including fin whale, Virginia opossum and sea otter population genomics, and in collaboration with María Avila from LIIGH-UNAM we are exploring genetic variants related to skin pigmentation that might be under selection in human afro-mexican populations. I like hiking, camping, swimming and surfing.


Alex Ioannidis

Postdoctoral Fellow

Alex Alex is also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stanford's Biomedical Data Sciences Department. He graduated from Harvard in Chemistry and Physics and earned an M.Phil in Computational Biology and Diploma in Greek from the University of Cambridge. He has a Ph.D. in Computational and Mathematical Engineering from Stanford, where he teaches machine learning and data science. Prior to Stanford, he worked in superconducting computing research at Northrop Grumman. His work focuses on applying computational methods to problems in human genetics and population history. He is an integral part of the Moreno Lab, advising in the application and development of ancestry-specific methods for the deconvolution of complex demographic patterns.


María José Palma

Masters Student | maria.palma@cinvestav.mx

majo I am a graduate of the Undergraduate Program on Genomic Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). I am currently a master's student from the Integrative Biology program at CINVESTAV. The main subject of my project is the description of the sex-specific history of the Mexican population through the analysis of the MXBioBank data.


Daniela Orozco

Masters Student | daniela.orozco@cinvestav.mx

dani Daniela is an M.Sc. student at CINVESTAV and alumna of the Undergraduate Program on Genomic Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She's currently working with ancient DNA from the archaeological site Cañada de la Virgen, using whole-genome sequencing and reference panels from different populations. Daniela is also involved in the Afro-Caribbean project, which combines genomics and molecular approaches to study demographic events like migration and admixture. She's also interested in the bioethics related to genomic population field. When not in the lab, she enjoys baking and reading (novels and tweets mainly).


Carmina Barberena

Masters Student | carmina.barberena@cinvestav.mx

dani I'm (also) a graduate of the Undergraduate Program on Genomic Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). My current project in MorenoLab involves the analysis of identity-by-descent genomic segments to determine the population structure of Mexico and their implications in biomedical traits using the data from the Mexican BioBank. I am also involved in other projects as the Oceanian Genome Variation Project. I like photography, surrealist paintings, and good-looking cocktails, I also love rats; one of my dreams is to have a pet rat named Bojack.


Pablo Guevara

PhD Student | pablo.guevara@cinvestav.mx

pablo I am an experimental biologist from University of Guanajuato. I got a masters degree at CICESE working with molecular ecology analyses focused on population structure, phylogeography and selections signals of a reef fish distributed from California to Ecuador. Nowadays I will focus research on demographic history and genetic load analyses from full-genome assemblies of fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus). I love traveling, camping, swimming and teaching science to younger scientists wherever they can be found! Social geek and Arcade-games lover.


Ram González

Masters Student | ram.gonzalez@cinvestav.mx | Twitter | Scholar

ram I am a data analyst deeply interested in human genomics, history, and evolution. I received my bachelor’s in Biotechnology from the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla, in Mexico, and am currently a master's student in the Integrative Biology program at LANGEBIO. In the MorenoLab, my research focuses on studying genomic patterns of adaptation in human populations from the Pacific and Latin America. Outside of work, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, chess and travelling.


Santiago Medina

Masters Student | santiago.medina@cinvestav.mx | Website

santiago I am a computational biologist. I received my bachelor’s in agro-genomic sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). I am passionate about evolutionary genetics, my research centers on understanding how demographic history shapes genetic diversity in Native American populations. I love learning mathematics, mainly probability theory. Outside research, I enjoy meeting with friends, hiking, and practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.


Sofía Vieyra

Student Intern | ivieyrasnchez.00@gmail.com

sofía I am an undergrad student of the program of Genomic Sciences offered by National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The project I am currently working on in the lab is the demographic study of the populations in Oceania. I am interested in population genetics, evolution, and domestication.


Pinna

Lab's Pet 🐶 | Instagram | Website | Tiktok

Pinna Female Tricolor Welsh Corgi Pembroke, official pet of this lab. I have a graduate degree in chewing stuff and stealing socks, a masters in making people smile. My current position involves cheering-up all the lab members and make their academic life less stressful. Love ice-cubes, long walks and making new friends (furry or not).


Former Lab Members

  • Andrés Jiménez Kaufmann (Masters Student)
  • Aaron Ragsdale (Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Mashaal Sohail (Postdoctoral Fellow)| Academia | Scholar | Twitter
  • Javier Blanco-Portillo (Masters Student) | Twitter | Scholar | Current Lab
  • Juan Esteban Rodríguez (Masters Student) | Twitter
  • Mitzi Flores (MX Biobank Project Manager)
  • Pavel Salazar (Masters Student)
  • Erika Landa (Masters Student)
  • Patricio Pezo (Visiting PhD Student)
  • Eduardo González (Undergraduate Student)

  • Collaborators

  • Karla Sandoval (LANGEBIO-CINVESTAV)
  • Cei Abreu (LANGEBIO-CINVESTAV)
  • Selene Fernández Valverde (LANGEBIO-CINVESTAV)
  • María Ávila Arcos (LIIGH)
  • Diego Cortez (UNAM)
  • Samuel Canizales (UNAM)
  • Carlos Bustamante (Stanford University)
  • Mark Stoneking (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology)
  • Martin Sikora (Centre for GeoGenetics)
  • Elena Bosch (Institut de Biologia Evolutiva Barcelona)
  • David Comas (Institut de Biologia Evolutiva Barcelona)
  • Guido Barbujani (University of Ferrara)
  • John Novembre (University of Chicago)
  • Simon Gravel (McGill University)
  • Eimear Kenny (Mount Sinai)
  • Anne Stone (Arizona State University)
  • Mauricio Moraga (Universidad de Chile)
  • Ricardo Verdugo (Universidad de Chile)
  • Sandra Romero (INMEGEN)
  • Víctor Acuña (ENAH)
  • Lourdes García-García (INSP)
  • Teresa Tusie-Luna (INCMNSZ)
  • Carla Gallo (Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia)