Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Research Fellow







47 Praed StreetSt Mary's Campus





Brief biography

After graduating in medicine (UNAM, Mexico), I obtained an MSc in Immunology (Oxon), a DPhil in Genomic Medicine (Oxon), held an MRC CGAT Fellowship in Computational Genomics at the University of Oxford and currently work as an MRC Intermediate Research Fellow in Computational Biology and Epidemiology at Imperial College London. My research interests lie at the intersection of inflammation and genomics and aim to understand the interactions between our genes and the environment. I use both wet lab and computational methods. I previously focussed on vitamin D-gene interactions in immunity and I am now exploring inflammatory responses using an integrated approach based on genomics and metabolomics in large prospective studies of chronic disease. My research leverages the strength of cohort and clinical trial designs with computational and mechanistic studies in order to understand causal roles of genetic and environmental factors in immune and inflammatory disorders. I have previously held various clinical and public health roles in Colombia and Mexico and was a Scholar for Chevening, CONACyT (Mexico), the Ministry of Education (Mexico) and the Multiple Sclerosis Society of the UK.



Berlanga A, Cupp M, Tzoulaki I, et al., 2020, Neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio and cancer prognosis: an umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses of observational studies, Bmc Medicine, ISSN:1741-7015

Romo-García MF, Bastian Y, Zapata-Zuñiga M, et al., 2019, Identification of putative miRNA biomarkers in early rheumatoid arthritis by genome-wide microarray profiling: A pilot study, Gene, Vol:720, ISSN:0378-1119

Aldapa-Vega G, Moreno-Eutimio MA, Berlanga-Taylor A, et al., 2019, Structural variants of Salmonella Typhimurium lipopolysaccharide induce less dimerization of TLR4/MD-2 and reduced pro-inflammatory cytokine production in human monocytes, Molecular Immunology, Vol:111, ISSN:0161-5890, Pages:43-52


Romo-Garcia MF, Bastian Y, Zapata-Zuniga M, et al., 2019, miRNAs expression profile in early rheumatoid arthritis and validation of hsa-miR-361-5p as biomarker for early diagnosis, 17th International Congress of Immunology of the International-Union-of-Immunological-Societies (IUIS), WILEY, Pages:262-263, ISSN:0014-2980


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