ICREA Academia
David Comas

David Comas

ICREA Acadèmia 2011 & 2016

Universitat Pompeu Fabra · Life & Medical Sciences

David Comas

He obtained his B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Barcelona where he also obtained his PhD (awarded with the “Premi Claustre de Doctors de la UB”) at the Animal Biology Department (Anthropology Unit) in 1997. He performed predoctoral and postdoctoral stays at the Zoologisches Institut (LMU, Munich), the Anthony Nolan Trust-Royal Free Hospital (London), and the Department of Forensic Medicine (University of Helsinki), studying human population genetics. He obtained a “Ramon y Cajal” position in 2001 at the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS) at the UPF where he is now Full Professor. In 2007 he received the Prize for Outstanding Teaching by the UPF Social Council. From 2007 to 2016 he has been the director of the UPF PhD program in Biomedicine, and from 2014 to 2016 the Vicedirector of the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) in Barcelona. He is the Director of the DCEXS and the Scientific Director of the Maria de Maeztu Excellent Unit awarded to the DCEXS.

Research interests

His research is focused on the causes and consequences of the genetic diversity in human populations. He aims to understand the genomic (such as mutation, recombination) and demographic (such as migrations, admixture) evolutionary mechanisms that have modeled the human genome in order to unravel the population and epidemiological consequences of the human genetic diversity.


Genome diversity, population genetics, human genome.