USH Talks: Genetic Testing for Usher Syndrome in Valencia, Spain

May 2, 2017

Gema García-García, PhD

In this USH Talk, Dr. Gema García-García shares strategies for the molecular diagnosis of Usher syndrome used at the Health Research Institute Hospital La Fe in Valencia, Spain.

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Gema García-García has been interested in genetics and human diseases research since she started the Biology studies at Valencia University, in 2003. She got the B.Sc. Biology in 2008, receiving the Bachelor extraordinary Award of B.Sc. Biology. In 2009, she got the M.Sc. Research in Molecular, Cellular and Genetics Biology, with Specialty in Genetics. The same year, she started her PhD studies supervised by Dr. José María Millán and Dr. Elena Aller about the molecular analysis of the USH2 genes and development of a next-generation sequencing platform. She defended her thesis in July 2013, thus obtaining a European PhD in Biotechnology (Cum Laude). Then, she was recruited as a Postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, Montpellier University Hospital, supervised by Dr. Anne-Françoise Roux and participating in the project “European young investigators network for Usher syndrome”. Since her PhD and later in the first postdoctoral experience, she has gained a strong background in the field of human molecular and clinical genetics, with a main focus in sensorineural disorders, such as Usher syndrome, Retinitis Pigmentosa and Hearing loss. Currently, she is a member of José María Millán’s research team and her studies are focused on the improvement of molecular diagnosis of Usher syndrome and development of novel analysis strategies.

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