José M Jiménez-Gómez
Before becoming a Charge de Recherche 1 (Research scientist class 1) at IJPB I was a Project Leader in the MPIPZ, a Postdoctoral fellow in Julin Maloof's lab at University of California Davis, and a PhD student in JM Martinez-Zapater's lab at the CNB (National Center for Biotechnology) in Madrid, Spain.
Although I received my PhD in genetics and molecular biology, I spend most of my time with bioinformatics. The reason has to do with my career history.
For my PhD I carried out a QTL analysis of flowering time in tomato (Jiménez-Gómez et al. 2007). During this time I became interested in the identification of genes responsible for phenotypic diversity in nature. At the same time I realized how difficult it is to identify those genes in non model species.
I moved on to work in the model species Arabidopsis thaliana, focusing on making use of genomic information to identify 'natural variation' genes (Jiménez-Gómez et al. 2010, Kerwin et al. 2011, Jiménez-Gómez et al. 2011). It is clear now that integration of genome-wide datasets through bioinformatics are the key to understand how selection is shaping the evolution of organisms.
In the last few years I have been using high throughput sequencing as a tool to identify the molecular mechanisms involved in natural variation both in Arabidopsis and tomato.
An excellent example of our work can be found in this publication
You can read more about the lab's research here.
You can find a list of my publications here.