Luis Galindo

I am an Evolutionary Biologist original from the Canary Islands (Spain), and I have been selected by the SINGEK training network to work in the ESR7 project in Deep Eukaryotic Phylogenomics. I obtained my biology degree from the University of La Laguna in Tenerife. During my degree, and after I graduated, I worked with the Molecular Genetics and Biodiversity research group in the IUETSPC (University Institute of Tropical Diseases and Public Health of the Canary Islands). During my 3 years internship in this research group, I focused in the analysis of NGS data, for the characterization of animal and plant populations. In some cases, the goal was to obtain molecular markers from a breeding population of the endangered laurel pidgeon (Columba junoniae), for its later reintroduction, or to characterize the different varieties of grapevines of the Canary Islands in other cases. I’ve also made my biology degree thesis in this department, regarding the analysis of mutations in the exon 2 of the med12 gene, involved in the development of uterine fibroids. I obtained a master degree in Evolutionary Biology from the Complutense University of Madrid. During my master I worked with the Department of Zoology and Physical Anthropology in the making of my master thesis, in which we propose to solve the evolutionary relationships, and to obtain the divergence times at the species level for three lineages of South American caecilians amphibians. In this internship, I gained great experience in terms of phylogenetic, phylogenomic and other types of bioinformatics analyses. Now with my ESR project, by using single cell genomics technics I will face the challenge of identifying deeply branching microeukaryotes, to improve the resolution and shed some light on certain still unknown aspects of the tree of life of eukaryotes.