A. Salas Ellacuriaga is a Professor at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela (USC), and a member of the Instituto de Medicina Legal (INCIFOR). His research activity began at the INCIFOR (previously IML) in 1994. Most of his research activity at that time was dedicated to human population genetics. The group was born at the same time his IP began his independent research career (PhD in 1999). The IP was the beneficiary of a 'tenure track' Ramón y Cajal contract (2005), and shortly afterward he stabilized as full Prof. at the Faculty of Medicine - USC. GenPoB, as it is conceived today, was born at the same time the Institute of Health Research (Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria - IDIS) was created (2008).
The present conformation of the group emerges as a collaborative effort with GenViP (Genetics, Vaccines, Infectious Diseases and Pediatrics; GENVIP – IDIS) head by F. Martinón Torres (Head of Pediatrics - Hospital Clínico) and A. Salas Ellacuriaga. We met >14 ya and now work together in a variety of projects related to human populations with a special focus on infectious diseases and vaccines. We established a synergistic collaboration that combined basic (GenPoB) and clinical/translational science (Genvip). We now carry out basic research with an eye put on translational, personal and precision medicine. Besides, we work very close to other IDIS research laboratories and within a broad and complex international collaboration network.
In the last 10 years or so, the main interest of GenPoB has switched to 'omics'. We still dedicates effort to do research in different aspects of forensic genetics related to human population variation. A few keywords help at summarizing the research activity of GenPoB today: human genomics, next generation sequencing, whole genome and whole exome sequencing, transcriptomics, epigenomics, bioinformatics, infectomics, vaccinomics, common and rare diseases. See also the Lab section.