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Miguel Pérez-Enciso

Miguel Pérez-Enciso

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Life & Medical Sciences

I am a Biologist and obtained my PhD in 1990 in Genetics (Universidad Complutense, Madrid). After that I moved to the USA and France during three years to carry out post doctoral studies, specializing in Bayesian Statistics applied to Animal Breeding and Quantitative Genetics. I worked at the Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentaria (IRTA) from 1993 - 1999 and at INRA (Toulouse, France) from 1999 til 2003, when I became an ICREA Research Professor. I am also part-time professor in Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona, and I am currently based at Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) on UAB campus.

Research interests

Most of the genes that are of socioeconomic importance, e.g., genes affecting disease susceptibility or that makes Iberian pig meat taste good, are very difficult to find because they are influenced by many genes of small effect. My main area of research is to develop statistical and computational tools that help us to identify these genes. I participated in the consortium leading to the publication of the pig genome sequence (Nature, 2012) and I am responsible for the first genome sequence of an ancient pig, and of the first Iberian pig genome. My current interests include the application of machine learning technologies to genomics in livestock, humans and plants, the use of sequence data for genomic selection, and software development. I wish to study how algorithms can generate highly complex distributions such as images, shapes, behaviors or microbial abundances.

Selected publications

– Ramirez-Ayala, Lino C.; Rocha, Dominique; Ramos-Onsins, Sebas E.; Leno-Colorado, Jordi; Charles, Mathieu; Bouchez, Olivier; Rodriguez-Valera, Yoel; Perez-Enciso, Miguel; Ramayo-Caldas, Yuliaxis 2021, ‘Whole-genome sequencing reveals insights into the adaptation of French Charolais cattle to Cuban tropical conditions’, Genetics Selection Evolution, 53, 1, 3.

– Ramon, Elies; Belanche-Munoz, Lluis; Molist, Francesc; Quintanilla, Raquel; Perez-Enciso, Miguel; Ramayo-Caldas, Yuliaxis 2021, ‘kernInt: A Kernel Framework for Integrating Supervised and Unsupervised Analyses in Spatio-Temporal Metagenomic Datasets’, Frontiers In Microbiology, 12, 609048.

– Wu, Zhongzi; Gong, Huanfa; Zhang, Mingpeng; Tong, Xinkai; Ai, Huashui; Xiao, Shijun; Perez-Enciso, Miguel; Yang, Bin; Huang, Lusheng 2021, ‘A worldwide map of swine short tandem repeats and their associations with evolutionary and environmental adaptations’, Genetics Selection Evolution, 53, 1, 39.

Perez-Enciso, Miguel; Zingaretti, Laura M.; Ramayo-Caldas, Yuliaxis; de Los Campos, Gustavo 2021, ‘Opportunities and limits of combining microbiome and genome data for complex trait prediction’, Genetics Selection Evolution, 53, 1, 65.

– Zingaretti, Laura M.; Monfort, Amparo; Perez-Enciso, Miguel 2021, ‘Automatic Fruit Morphology Phenome and Genetic Analysis: An Application in the Octoploid Strawberry’, Plant Phenomics, 2021, 9812910.

Selected research activities

Editor of special issue on livestock metagenomics (

ICREA Memoir 2021