Juan Gonzalez, after an early career in cancer epidemiology, moved into statistical genetics through a postdoctoral fellowship with Xavier Estivill at Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona. After this postdoctoral period at CRG, he got a research position at the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) where he leads a group doing research on genetic epidemiology. He is mainly interested in developing statistical methods to help identifying genetic causes of complex disorders. Among other colleagues, they have developed software for genotype and haplotype association analysis in genetic association studies (SNPassoc), methods for determining alterations in gene dosage (MLPAstats), algorithms to detect copy number variants (R-GADA), and methods to detect new structural variants using SNP array data such as inversions (inveRsion) and mosaicism (MAD). They also developed statistical models to assess association between CNVs and disease (CNVassoc). These R packages can be found in the web page of their group http://www.creal.cat/jrgonzalez/software.htm. He is also an Associated Professor at the Department of Mathematics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) where he teaches genetic epidemiology and statistical methods in genomic postgraduate programs. He also organizes several local short courses. His research interests include developing statistical methods for analysing next generation sequencing (NGS) data, analysis of the association between new structural variants (CNVs, inversions, mosaicisms, etc.) and complex diseases, and he further applied collaborations in asthma, cancer, multiple sclerosis, autism, and obesity.
Biography Updated on 25 June 2012