Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2019
    Ramón y Cajal Group Leader, Institute of Evolutionary Biology (CSIC-UPF), Barcelona, Spain.

  • 2019
    Maternity leave (6 months)

  • 2017 – 2019
    Postdoctoral Fellow. Center for Genomic Regulation and Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Barcelona, Spain.

  • 2015 – 2016
    Research Associate. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

  • 2012 – 2015
    Postdoctoral Fellow. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

  • 2009 – 2010
    Visiting PhD student. Eberhard-Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany (6 months).

  • 2007 – 2011
    PhD in Biology. Universitad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

  • 2001 – 2006
    BSc in Biology (major in Zoology). Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.

Selected publications

  • Fernández R, Gabaldón T. 2020. Gene gain and loss across the Metazoa Tree of Life. Nature Ecology and Evolution,

  • Fernández R, Marcet-Houben M, Legeai F, Richard G, Robin S, Wucher V, Pegueroles C, Gabaldón T, Tagu D. 2020. Selection following gene duplication shapes recent genome evolution in the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum. Molecular Biology and Evolution.

  • Fernández R, Gabaldón T, Dessimoz C. 2020. Orthology inference: definitions, prediction and impact on species phylogeny inference. Book chapter in: Scornavacca C, Délsuc F, Gaultier N. 2020. Phylogenetics in the genomics era. Free online book:

  • Marchán DF, Marta Novo, Nuria Sánchez, Jorge Domínguez, Darío Díaz Cosín, Fernández R. 2020. Local adaptation fuels cryptic speciation in terrestrial annelids. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution,

  • Fernández R, Kallal RJ, Dimitrov D, Ballesteros JA, Arnedo MA, Giribet G, Hormiga G. 2018. Phylogenomics, diversification dynamics, and comparative transcriptomics across the spider tree of life. Current Biology 28 (9), 1489-1497. e5.

  • Fernández R, Edgecombe GE, Giribet G. 2018. Phylogenomics illuminates the backbone of the Myriapoda Tree of Life and reconciles morphological and molecular phylogenies. Scientific Reports 8 (1), 83.

  • Fernández R, Sharma PP, Tourinho AL, Giribet G. 2017. The Opiliones tree of life: shedding light on harvestmen relationships through transcriptomics. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284 (1849), 20162340.

  • Fernández R, Edgecombe GE, Giribet G. 2016. Exploring phylogenetic relationships within Myriapoda and the effects of matrix composition and occupancy on phylogenomic reconstruction. Systematic Biology 65 (5), 871-889.

  • Fernández R, Giribet G. 2015. Unnoticed in the tropics: phylogenomic resolution of the poorly known arachnid order Ricinulei (Arachnida). Royal Society open science 2 (6), 150065.

  • Fernández R, Hormiga G, Giribet G. 2014. Phylogenomic analysis of spiders reveals nonmonophyly of orb weavers. Current Biology 24 (15), 1772-1777.

  • Fernández R, Laumer CE, Vahtera V, Libro S, Kaluziak S, Sharma PP, Edgecombe GE, Giribet G. 2014. Evaluating topological conflict in centipede phylogeny using transcriptomic data sets. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31 (6), 1500-1513.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Phylogenomics sensu species tree reconstruction: how are animals related to each other?

  • Phylogenomics sensu gene repertoire evolution: how old are animal genes, how did they originate and how did they change to adapt to new environments?

  • Understanding the genomic basis of terrestrialization in animals: is there a terrestrialization genetic toolkit?

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution

  • European Society for Evolutionary Biology

  • Spanish Society of Evolutionary Biology

  • Catalan Society of Evolutionary Biology

  • International Society of Arachnology

  • Society for the Study of Evolution

  • Panel member, Swedish Research Council, 2018 – 2020

Media coverage

  • Spider phylogenomics:

  • Lab blog:

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Certificate of Undergraduate mentoring in Life Sciences, Harvard University, 2014

  • Training in leadership and communication skills

Other activities and achievements/family

  • My husband and baby daughter travel with me to all conferences. Lucky to have a very supportive partner.


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