Laura Ibanez

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Education & Training


  • Biotechnology Degree: Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, 2007
  • Biochemestry Degree: Autonomous Unversity of Barcelona, Spain, 2007
  • Master in Biomedicine: University of Barcelona, Spain, 2008
  • PhD in Biomedicine: University of Barcelona, Spain, 2015

Major Awards


  • PhD Fellowship from the Catalan Goverenment – FIDGR, 2010
  • Spanish HIV Fundation (FIPSE) travel award, 2013
  • CZI Neurodegeneration Community Projects, 2019
  • ESO WSO 2020 Young Investigator Award, 2020

Research Interests


My research interests are focused on using genetics to improve the management and well-being of people that suffer from neurodegenerative diseases. Currently there is a great potential in combining genomics and bioinformatics, especially machine learning. Predictive models can easily be used in clinical settings to improve the management and quality of life of patients. My research is focused on the application novel bioinformatics tools to unique longitudinal datasets to create a predictive models for neurodegenerative diseases. My current research aims to create predictive models for Alzheimer Disease and Parkinson’s disease using cell free RNA and cell free DNA present in the plasma of afected individuals.

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