Profile: Dr. Javier Santoyo Lopez

Dr Javier Santoyo-Lopez joined Edinburgh Genomics in 2014 as Bioinformatics Operations Manager and in 2015 became the Facility Manger of Edinburgh Genomics HiSeq X genome sequencing Facility, based at the Roslin Institute. Since 2020 he is the Manager of Edinburgh Genomics. He obtained his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University Autonoma de Madrid and his MSc in Bioinformatics from the University of Abertay Dundee. He has worked in renowned international Centres as a Molecular Biologist, namely the Centre of Molecular Biology Severo Ochoa (Madrid, Spain) and the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (Göttingen, Germany), and as Computational Biologist and Bioinformatician at the Wellcome Trust Biocentre of Dundee University, The Sanger Institute, The University of Edinburgh and The Spanish National Cancer Centre. Before joining Edinburgh Genomics he was the Scientific Coordinator & Head of Bioinformatics of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Platform of Andalusia (Seville, Spain), where he supervised and manage the Medical Genome Project (MGP), a population-scale exome sequencing project of Spanish individuals affected by rare diseases.

Dr Santoyo-Lopez has been at the forefront of the Genomics technologies during the last twenty years, where he participated in the annotation of the first draft of the human genome, the production of the Oncochip (first microarray for cancer detection), the development of Babelomics (a suit of tools for microarray and NGS functional data analysis) and the sequencing of the Scottish Genomes Partnership 1,000 human genomes (rare diseases), as part of Genomics England’s 100,000 genomes project. He has also developed and taught a large number of Bioinformatics and Genomics courses focused on next-generation sequencing data analysis.