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Dr. Miguel Arenas Busto (Post-Doc)

Miguel Arenas Busto


Institute of Ecology and Evolution
University of Bern
Baltzerstrasse 6
CH-3012 Bern

Phone: +41 31 631 45 13
Fax: +41 31 631 48 88
Email: miguel.arenasbusto(at)iee.unibe.ch

Research Interests

I am interested in Bioinformatics applied in the area of evolutionary analysis at the Molecular Level. My areas of research include molecular evolution, mutation, recombination, molecular adaptation and phylogenetics. Indeed, I am also interested in the study of the evolution effects on the structure and function of biological macromolecules.

In addition, I am interested in the study of the environmental heterogeneity dynamics on the molecular diversity. I perform this study with Prof. Laurent Excoffier.

Curriculum Vitae

2010 - 2012 Postdoctoral position with Prof. Laurent Excoffier at the University of Bern.
2010     Postdoctoral position with Prof. David Posada at the University of Vigo.
2010     Ph.D. in Genetics. Cum Laude with highest honors, European Doctorate. Supervised by David Posada. University of Vigo. Title: Applications of the Coalescent with Recombination in Molecular Evolution.
2005 - 2010 Ph.D. student in Bioinformatics supervised by the Professor David Posada. Fellowship from the Ministry of Education and Science of Spain. University of Vigo.
2003 - 2005 M.Sc. (DEA, Certificate of Advanced Studies) in Organic Chemistry / Bioinformatics. University of Santiago de Compostela.
2003 - 2004 Major Level in organic chemistry. University of Santiago de Compostela.
1997 - 2003 B.Sc. in Chemistry. Specialized in Organic Chemistry and Chemistry of Materials. University of Santiago de Compostela.

Selected publications

Journal articles
  1. Arenas M, Ray N, Currat M & Excoffier L (2012) Consequences of Range Contractions and Range Shifts on Molecular Diversity. Molecular Biology and Evolution 29: 207-218 [Abstract and pdf]
  2. Perez-Losada M, Jobes DV, Sinangil F, Crandall KA, Arenas M, Posada D & Berman PW (2011) Phylodynamics of HIV-1 from a Phase III AIDS Vaccine Trial in Bangkok, Thailand. PLoS ONE 6(3): e16902 [Abstract and pdf]
  3. Arenas M & Posada D (2010) Computational design of centralized HIV-1 genes. Current HIV Research 8(8): 613-621 [Abstract and pdf]
  4. Arenas M & Posada D (2010) Coalescent simulation of intracodon recombination. Genetics 184(2): 429-437 [Abstract and pdf]
  5. Arenas M & Posada D (2010) The Effect of Recombination on the Reconstruction of Ancestral Sequences. Genetics 184(4): 1133-1139 [Abstract and pdf]
  6. Arenas M, Patricio M, Posada D & Valiente G (2010) Characterization of Phylogenetic Networks with NetTest. BMC Bioinformatics 11: 268 [Abstract and pdf]
  7. Perez-Losada M, Posada D, Arenas M, Jobes DV, Sinangil F & Berman PW and Crandall KA (2009) Ethnic differences in the adaptation rate of HIV gp120 from a vaccine trial. Retrovirology 6: 67 [Abstract and pdf]
  8. Arenas M, Villaverde MC & Sussman F (2009) Prediction and Analysis of Binding Affinities for Chemically Diverse HIV-1 PR Inhibitors by the Modified SAFE_p Approach. Journal of Computational Chemistry 30(8): 1229-1240 [Abstract and pdf]
  9. Arenas M, Valiente G & Posada D (2008) Characterization of Reticulate Networks based on the Coalescent with Recombination. Molecular Biology and Evolution 25(12): 2517-2520. [Abstract and pdf]
  10. Arenas M & Posada D (2007) Recodon: Coalescent simulation of coding DNA sequences with recombination, migration and demography. BMC Bioinformatics 8: 458 [Abstract and pdf]
Book sections
  1. Arenas M & Posada D (2012) Simulation of Coding Sequence Evolution. In 'Codon Evolution: Mechanisms and Models' edited by Cannarozzi GM & Schneider A. Oxford University Press. Pp. 126-132. [Abstract and pdf]
PhD thesis
  1. Arenas M (2010) Applications of the Coalescent with Recombination in Molecular Evolution. Bioinformatics, Molecular evolution. University of Vigo, Vigo. [Abstract and pdf]
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