What is comparative genomics and how can it help biodiversity conservation?
We discuss these topics and more with Marc Palmada, PhD student at the Comparative Genomics Lab led by Tomàs Marquès-Bonet at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (IBE: CSIC-UPF) in the second episode of the new season of ‘La mare de la ciència‘, the PRBB’s podcast in Catalan.
Marc, who is close to completing his PhD thesis, took part in the Earth Biogenome project, an ambitious project that aims to sequence all eukaryotic species in the world. In this episode, he explains how they sequence and assemble genome sequences – in his case, from local and at-risk species. He also discusses the significance of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) in this worldwide project, as well as emphasizing the crucial role of collaboration in this initiative and in research as a whole.
Listen to Maruxa Martínez-Campos‘ interview with Marc Palmada to find out more about his experience as a PhD student, and how he has learned to ask questions without feeling embarrassed, to get out of his comfort zone and to work in a team, as well as to bring his research closer to the public, especially the younger ones.
“There is no point in doing science without contributing anything to society”
Marc Palmada, IBE
Listen to his testimony in this episode of “La mare de la ciència” (in Catalan)!