I received my PhD in Genetics in 2000 at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, studying the evolutionary history of endogenous retroviruses in both Drosophila and humans. Then, I joined the Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular (IBMC), Universidade do Porto, as a postdoctoral researcher, working on the evolution of regulatory sequences in Drosophila. My work on these subjects gave rise to some publications in high-impact journals, such as Science or Molecular Biology and Evolution. By mid-2003, I joined the Spanish National Genotyping Center (CeGen) at the Universidade de Santiago de Compostela to lead a pilot study on genetics of mental disorders. From 2006 to 2011, I was a senior researcher under the Isidro Parga Pondal program at the Fundación Pública Galega de Medicina Xenómica. During this period, I got my first grant as a Principal Investigator (FIS call 2005), and established my own research group on genetics of psychiatric diseases. Since 2012, I am a senior researcher under the Miguel Servet program at the Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Santiago de Compostela (IDIS). Currently, I lead the Emerging Team on Psychiatric Genetics at IDIS, a multidisciplinary research group formed by geneticists and clinical psychiatrists. Part of my research on psychiatric genetics has been published in high-impact journals, such as Nature, Molecular Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry or Human Molecular Genetics. During these years, I have been acting as a Reviewer for many journals, such as New England Journal of Medicine, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Schizophrenia Research or Journal of Psychiatric Research, as you can see in my Publons profile.

You can find more information at my ORCID page.

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Phone: +34-981955452; email: javier.costas.costas (at) sergas.es; skype: xabicostas

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