Sandra Álvarez Carretero

Interim director of the Press Department | Co-editor-in-chief of the SRUK Blog | Secretary of the London constituency | SRUK Webmaster

Involvements in SRUK

Sandra obtained a BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Rovira I Virgili University, in Spain, and then an MSc in Bioinformatics at Högskolan I Skövde, in Sweden. Her research has focused on integrating her two areas of interest: biology and informatics.

She has worked developing software pipelines to perform virtual screenings (proteomics), to characterise bacterial isolates based on whole-genome sequencing data (genomics), and also to analyse transcriptomic, proteomic, and whole-genome sequencing data. She carried out her PhD in Computational Biology at Queen Mary University of London, where she worked on the application of Bayesian MCMC statistical methods to infer species divergence times by integrating molecular and morphological quantitative data. Currently, she is a post-doctoral researcher at University College London where she is developing and applying new methods to estimate species divergence times with morphological quantitative data. She aims to use these new tools in timetree inference when combining large-scale morphological datasets (with both extant and fossil species) with phylogenomic data sets.

She has been a member of the SRUK/CERU since 2017, when she first joined the SRUK/CERU London working group. From then onwards, she has both participated and led some of the events organised in the UK. In 2018, she joined the press department as the London press officer and joined the blog editors team. Since 2019, she is the secretary of the SRUK/CERU London constituency, the co-editor-in-chief of the SRUK Blog, and has been deeply involved in the SRUK/CERU’s website management and development.