Alan Rodríguez


College / University

University of Swansea

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Genetics and Biochemistry




Lab Experience

Chromatin immunoprecipitation, methyl DNA immunoprecipitation, PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis, cell culturing (Ishikawa and Heraklio cells), DNA phenol-chloroform extraction, RNA Trizol extraction.

Projects / Research

  • 08/2012 – 04/2013: Study of methylation in the ESR1 gene in endometrial cancer. Reproductive Biology Research Group, Centre for Nanohealth Swansea University
  • 03/2011 – 05/2011: Biocontrol Agents and Natural Products Group, Swansea University

Scholarships / Awards

2013 – 2014: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2013: J. A. Beardmore prize in genetics "for production of an outstanding project dissertation in genetics or medical genetics"


I am interested in developing my abilities as a scientist and experimenting with a broad range of areas within molecular biology. My main interest, however, is the emerging field of epigenetics. I am principally interested in studying the mechanisms by which gene expression is regulated through DNA methylation and different histone modifications. Moreover I would like to investigate how different forms of epigenetic mechanisms interact to silence or activate genes. Since the molecular biology program offers the opportunity to work with a varied range of fields and techniques I would like to immerse myself with other areas of molecular biology as well. Ideally I would be interested in contributing to the development of a novel technique to detect epigenetic markers.