I studied simultaneously Biology and Philosophy at the Universitat de València (Spain), obtaining a Ph.D. in Biology in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 1988, with honours, at the same University. From 1985 to 1986 I stayed as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California-Davis (USA), and I have been invited Professor at the University of California-Irvine (USA) in 1988 and 1994. In 1986 I created the Evolutionary Genetics Research Group at the Department of Genetics of the Universitat de València, where I am Professor of Genetics since 1993, and its Director from 1995 to 1998. I was the promoter of the foundation of the Institut Cavanilles de Biodiversitat i Biologia Evolutiva at the Universitat de València. I also promoted the creation of the “Centro de Astrobiología (CSIC-INTA)”, and the “Centro Superior de Investigación en Salud Pública (CSISP)” from which I’m the director since 2012. I am author of about five hundred publications, including original articles, reviews, book chapters and books about Genetics, Evolution and Philosophy of Biology. My more significant contributions are in the fields of experimental and genome evolution. Recently, I am involved in the study of the Human microbiome under an evolutionary and system biology perspective. I’m founder member of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, Spanish Society of Virology and Spanish Society of Evolutionary Biology, from which I’m its current president.
Biography Updated on 30 October 2012