Asier Fernandez

Asier holds a Bachelor´s degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from the University of the Basque Country and a Master´s degree in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology from the Autonomous University of Madrid.

In May 2021, he started his PhD at the department of genetics from the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) under the supervision of Alex Kurilshikov and Sasha Zhernakova. With a strong interest in deciphering the role of the gut microbiome in health and disease, his research within the Exposome-NL project is focused on linking the internal exposome changes driven by environmental factors to Cardiometabolic Disease.


Impact of occupational pesticide exposure on the human gut microbiome

Milla F Brandao Gois, Asier Fernández-Pato, Anke Huss, Ranko Gacesa, Cisca Wijmenga, Rinse K Weersma, Jingyuan Fu, Roel C H Vermeulen, Alexandra Zhernakova, Virissa C Lenters, Alexander Kurilshikov
Front. Microbiol., 10 August 2023 Sec. Microbial Symbioses Volume 14 - 2023 |

Asier Fernandez

Contact information

University Medical Center Groningen
Department of Genetics, CB50
Building 3211; PO Box 30001
9700 RB Groningen
The Netherlands

Areas of Expertise

Bioinformatics Metagenomics Microbiomics Transcriptomics

Decoding the exposome

Decoding the exposome

The environment we live in has a dominant impact on our health. It explains an estimated seventy percent of the chronic disease burden. Where we live, what we eat, how much we exercise, the air we breathe and whom we associate with; all of these environmental factors play a role. The combination of these factors over the life course is called the exposome. There is general (scientific) consensus that understanding more about the exposome will help explain the current burden of disease and that it provides entry points for prevention and ...

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