Era7 Bioinformatics team
Era7 Bioinformatics is a Bioinformatics company specialized in sequence analysis, knowledge management and sequencing data interpretation.
Our area of expertise revolves around biological sequence analysis, particularly Next Generation Sequencing data management and analysis.
Our team is multidisciplinary covering bioinformatics, mathematics, software development, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, biotechnology and medicine. A team formed by people with different backgrounds is able to analyze the same problem from different point of views.
We are involved in several research projects. We enjoy our work and are an enthusiastic team, passionate about sequences and new technologies. Difficult projects are a challenge for us and we enjoy designing and developing new solutions.
Eduardo Pareja, CEO
Eduardo Pareja is a Medicine Doctor that began working in transplant Immunology and did his PhD Thesis about human HLA-DR antigens in 1981 while working as a professor of Biochemistry at The University of Córdoba (Spain). After that, he went to work at a regional hospital as Head of the Section of Immunology where he ran a Transplant Immunology Unit and very soon he pioneered in Spain the application of Molecular Biology to clinical immunological environments. At the same time he worked in Bioinformatics and Theoretical Biology developing programs for tissue typing and genomic typing. In this period he published different papers in International Journals, he directed several PhD Thesis and designed innovative genomic typing methods for HLA-DR genes.
During his last period of work at the hospital he was in charge of the Web Applications area in The Medical Informatics Department.
In 2005 he left the Hospital to found, with Raquel Tobes, Era7 Bioinformatics (www.era7bioinformatics.com). Working as the CEO of Era7, Eduardo Pareja has built a multidisciplinary team and led the company to a position in which Era7 Bioinformatics is the leader in Spain in Next Generation Sequencing for Bacterial Genomics and Metagenomics and it is a company ready to internationalize due to its portfolio of Cloud Computing based Bioinformatics solutions and to the International relationships that Eduardo Pareja has helped to build.
Raquel Tobes, CSO
PhD thesis about new algorithms for pattern searching in biological sequences based on finite state machines.
She has worked in research at the Hospital Virgen de las Nieves and at CSIC where she supervised several students.
From 2004 she is Research Director of Era7 Bioinformatics where she also is a co-founder.
Her main expertise is about Genomics, Next Generation Sequencing, Bioinformatics, Biological Databases, Bacterial Genomics and Metagenomics, Comparative genomics for bacterial pathogens, DNA repetitive sequences and Genomics Plasticity. In these fields she is mainly interested in the design and development of new algorithms, models, pipelines and visualizations to help in the interpretation of knowledge data related with sequences.
Marina Manrique, COO
MSc Biochemistry. MSc in Mathematical Biology. Bioinformatician with ample experience in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Bacterial Genomics. She has a special interest in bacterial metabolic pathways and she was deeply involved in the first annotation of the bacterial genome of the Escherichia coli EHEC Germany outbreak.
She is also very active in the developing and evolution of the Era7 bioinformatics bacterial genome annotation system BG7 and in the development of new bioinformatics pipelines for data analysis.
Eduardo Pareja-Tobes, CTO
Mathematician. He leads the bioinformatics software development and cloud computing department.
He has developed an intense research activity working in algorithm design and in the design and development of cloud-based architectures. He is an expert in cloud, parallelization, graph databases and advanced programming languages as Scala. His research interests are algorithms for sequence analysis and category theory in systems biology. He is now very interested in new mathematical approaches for new algorithms dealing with massive sequences data from Next Generation Sequencing.
He is leading open source research projects in this area at Era7 Bioinformatics.
Alexey Alekhin, Software developer
Mathematician. He is graduated from the Saint Petersburg State University with a degree in Mathematics.
He participated as Early Stage Researcher in the INTERCROSSING International Training Network, at Era7 Bioinformatics. After that period of training he continued working at Era7 collaborating in the development of the Research open source projects of Era7 Bioinformatics.
He is doing his Doctoral Thesis applying concepts from category theory to bioinformatics.
Raquel Ruiz, Laboratory Manager
PhD thesis about the molecular characterization of prokaryotic positive transcriptional regulators. More than 15 years of experience in Research Laboratory. She worked at CSIC doing research focused on the study of the transcriptional regulation of bacterial metabolic pathways as well as the molecular analysis of the gastrointestinal microbiota. She has strong experience in advanced molecular microbiology and molecular biology techniques including nucleic acid and protein isolation from different sources, cloning, real-time PCR, gene expression, and cell culture techniques (maintenance of cell lines, transfection techniques, and cell-based assays).