Dr. Garcia-Jimenez studied Biology and Biochemistry in the University of Navarra, Spain. He started working as a researcher in Animal Virology and Immunology with Prof. Beatriz Amorena (Agrobiotechnology Institute, Navarra, Spain). His main research lines included viral phylogenetics and small ruminant immunology. After this, he worked as a researcher with Prof. Concepcion de la Rua in the Department of Genetics, Anthropology and Animal Physiology of the University of the Basque Country (Bizkaia, Spain). His research pursued the unveiling the evolutionary history of human skin pigmentation, and relied on the identification of polymorphisms in candidate human skin pigmentation genes. Phylogenetics and Population Genetics were the applied to assess the relevance of these polymorphisms in the evolution human skin pigmentation.
He carried out his PhD with Dr. Tatiana Suarez in Bioftalmik, S.L. (Bizkaia, Spain), in collaboration with Dr. Santos Alonso from the Department of Genetics, Anthropology and Animal Physiology of the University of the Basque Country (Bizkaia, Spain). During his PhD, he developed and validated a genetic diagnostic system for the ocular disease Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency based on RT-PCR, which derived in one European and one International Patent. Further development and validation of the system derived on the commercialisation of a diagnostic kit.
In March 2015 Dr. Garcia-Jimenez joined the Neuromuscular Disorders Research Group leaded by Dr. Arechavala-Gomeza. He is particularly interested in the development of a sensitive and cost-effective system for the quantification of dystrophin mRNA, which should help on evaluating the outcome of clinical trials with Antisense Oligonucleotides in patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy