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Our Group

BIOMICs is a multipidisciplinar Research Group in the University of the Basque Country that develops its research in biosciences at the Lascaray Research Center in the Campus of Álava in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

​The team of BIOMICs is formed by researchers from three different Departments: one full professor, one titular professor, one aggregated professor,  three Ph.D. researchers, seven predoctoral researchers and several master students.


Research Awards 2018-2021

February 2019

  • Teknopolis Award

Prof. Dr. Marian M. de Pancorbo received the H2  award one of the ten prizes awarded by twenty anniversary of Teknopolis from Elhuyar Foundation.

June 2018

  • Extraordinary Doctorate Award 

PhD Dr. Endika Prieto has received the Extraordinary Doctorate Award in Experimental Sciences, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU. Congratulations Endika!!​

Congress Award 2018-2021

September 2019

  • Wiley Poster Prize at the 1thInternational Symposium on Humanitarian Forensic Action: Forensic Best Practices and Principles for Preventing and Resolving the Missing.

Genetic identification of human remains from victims of the Spanish Civil war and posterior dictatorship: the state of art. Baeta M, Raffone C, Nuñez C, Granizo E, Palencia-Madrid L, Cardoso S, Herrasti L, Etxeberria F, de Pancorbo MM. Poster Presentation.

Doctorate Thesis 2018-2021​

April 2019

  • Patricia Villaescusa Urbaneja defended her doctoral thesis at faculty of pharmacy from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)

Ms. VILLAESCUSA, PhD student from the BIOMICs Research Group, defended with summa cum laude her thesis entitled "New insights in the paternal genetic landscape of Southwestern Europe: dissection of haplogroup r1b-m269 and forensic applications".


Master Thesis 2018-2021

Course 2020-2021

  • Andrea Giner Grau: “Founder effect in neurodegenerative diseases” // Marian M. de Pancorbo, Marta Inés Saloña Bordas.

  • Belén Navarro López: “Review of genetic heritage in Europe by Y-chromosome haplogroups” // Marian M. de Pancorbo, Eva Granizo-Rodriguez, Caterina Raffone.

  • Dairen Recio Iglesias: “Forensic Molecular Entomology” // Marian M. de Pancorbo, Marta Inés Saloña, Tamara Kleinbielen, Andrés López Oceja.

  • Mayra Larissa García Ramírez: “Revisiting main identification procedures directed to molecular genetics techniques on massive disasters” // Marian M. de Pancorbo, Miriam Baeta, Caterina Raffone, Leire Palencia // Sobresaliente 9,5.

Course 2019-2020

  • Irina Badell García: “Identificación de personas desaparecidas en relación con la Memoria Histórica” // Marian M. de Pancorbo, Miriam Baeta.

  • Ohiana Azkue Kano: “Expresión génica de los genes METTL3, WTAP y FTO en individuos con muerte súbita cardiaca arritmiogénica en corazón estructuralmente sano “ // Marian M. de Pancorbo, Tamara S. Kleinbielen.​

Media and Communication 2018-2021

Agosto 2021

July 2021

Marzo 2021

Official Appointments 2018-2021

June 2021

  • Prof. Dr. Marian M. de Pancorbo nomined as member of Directive Board of COBE (Basque Official College of Biologists).

April 2021​

  • Prof. Dr. Marian M. de Pancorbo nomined as Secretary of Cell and Molecular Biology area of Academia ANECA (National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation).

Ongoing Collaborations

Forensic Genetic Services

  • Kinship analyses

  • Human remains identification

  • Archaeological remains


  • Lactose intolerance

Education and outreach

  • Training courses

Papers recently published

A great work of the Group and in particular of the first authors who have been Miriam Baeta, Leire Palencia-Madrid, Patricia Villaescusa, Tamara Kleinbielen, Caterina Raffone and Belen Navarro being MM de Pancorbo the corresponding author of all following articles. We list below the articles (2018-2021), as well as the DOI and PMID.

  • Baeta M, et al. Study of  17 X-STRs in Native American and Mestizo populations of Central America for  forensic and population purposes. Int J Legal Med. 2021 Mar 19. doi:  10.1007/s00414-021-02536-9. Q1.

  • Kleikibielen T , et al. Association of LCT -13910C>T polymorphism and hip fracture in a cohort of older adult population from Northern Spain. Gene 2021 May 30;783:145560. doi: 10.1016/j.gene.2021.145560. Q2.

  • Raffone C, et al. Intrinsic and extrinsic factors that may influence DNA preservation  in skeletal remains: A review. Forensic Sci Int. 2021 Jun 4;325:110859. doi:  10.1016/j.forsciint.2021.110859. Q2.

  • Navarro-López B, et al. Phylogeographic review of Y chromosome haplogroups in Europe. Int J Legal Med. 2021 Jul 3. doi: 10.1007/s00414-021-02644-6. Q1.

  • Palencia-Madrid L, et al. Validation of a 52-mtSNP minisequencing panel for haplogroup classification of  forensic DNA samples. Int J Legal Med. 2020 May;134(3):929-936. doi:  10.1007/s00414-020-02264-6. Q1.

  • Villaescusa P, et al. Effective resolution of the Y  chromosome sublineages of the Iberian haplogroup R1b-DF27 with forensic  purposes. Int J Legal Med. 2019 Jan;133(1):17-23. doi:  10.1007/s00414-018-1936-z. Q1.

  • Baeta M, et al. Assessment of a subset of Slowly Mutating Y-STRs for forensic and evolutionary  studies. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018 May;34:e7-e12. doi:  10.1016/j.fsigen.2018.03.008. Epub 2018 Mar 20. Q1.

  • Marqueta-Gracia JJ, et al. Differentially methylated CpG regions  analyzed by PCR-high resolution melting for monozygotic twin pair  discrimination. Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2018 Nov;37:e1-e5. doi:  10.1016/j.fsigen.2018.08.013. Q1.

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