Elena Bernabeu

Thesis title: Unraveling the effect of sex on human genetic architecture


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 worked on her undergrad thesis regarding multi-omics integration at Dr Ana Conesa's Genetics of Gene Expression lab, and obtained the Best Student Talk award at the XIII Symposium on Bioinformatics. In 2016 she moved to the UK to pursue a Master's in Bioinformatics at the University of Edinburgh, having been awarded a prestigious La Caixa Scholarship. She completed her master's thesis on transcriptomics of immunotherapy under the supervision of Dr Nizar Batada, at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM). 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 Prendergast, focusing on gene by sex interactions in the UK Biobank.


  • 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

Postgraduate teaching

Demonstrated for several courses at the MSc level:

- Bioinformatics Programming and System Management (MSc Bioinformatics)

- Statistics and Data Analysis (MSc Bioinformatics/MSc Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis)

- Comparative and Evolutionary genomics (MSc Bioinformatics)