Dr. Elena Bernabeu

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

  • Institute of Genetics and Cancer
  • Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine

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Elena obtained her undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from 2012 to 2016 at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain), garnering both wet lab experience in animal and plant molecular bioscience as well as dry lab experience, through multiple internships. She completed her undergrad thesis on multi-omics integration under the supervision of Dr. Ana Conesa and Dr. Sonia Tarazona. In 2016 she moved to the UK to pursue a Master's in Bioinformatics at the University of Edinburgh, having been awarded a La Caixa Scholarship. She completed her master's thesis on transcriptomics of immunotherapy under the supervision of Dr. Nizar Batada. From 2017 to 2021, she worked towards her PhD in Genetics and Genomics at the Roslin Institute, under the supervision of Professor Albert Tenesa and Dr. James Pendergast, focusing on gene by sex interactions in the UK Biobank. She joined Riccardo Marioni's group at the Institute of Genetics and Cancer (IGC) in 2021 as a postdoctoral research fellow, where she is furthering her knowledge of trait prediction, machine learning, and multi-omics. She hopes to apply her skills to further deepen our understanding of sex differences across the phenome (both molecular and otherwise), with the purpose of contributing to equality in healthcare. 


  • 2016 - Bachelor's in Biotechnology, Polytechnic University of Valencia
  • 2017 - Master's in Bioinformatics, University of Edinburgh
  • 2021 - PhD in Genetics and Genomics, University of Edinburgh