Adrian received his PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology in 2017 from the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), Mexico, where he studied genomics of bacteriophages (viruses infecting bacteria). During his PhD studies, Adrian obtained two mobility grants to support his training in bioinformatics and microbial genomics in Canada with Professor Gabriel Moreno-Hagelsieb (Wilfrid Laurier University) and the USA with Professor Rob Edwards (San Diego State University). He completed an MSc Genetics and Molecular Biology degree at CINVESTAV and a BSc Biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), working on bacteriophages' molecular characterisation under the supervision of Professor Gabriel Guarneros.
In 2017, Adrian was awarded two Mexican Fellowships (CONACyT and SECTEI) to conduct postdoctoral research with Professor Craig Winstanley at the Institute of Infection and Global Health of the University of Liverpool, where he researched bacteriophages and plasmids of the human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. He then moved to the Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge, in 2020 to take a joint appointment as a Research Fellow in the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) and the Sanger Institute, through a prestigious ESPOD Fellowship. Adrian is part of the Zamin Iqbal and Nick Thomson groups and his main project combines state-of-the-art experimental and computational approaches to investigate the evolution of plasmids and antibiotics resistance. Adrian was elected as a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College in 2021.
Currently, Adrian is a member of the Microbiology Society and the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME). Adrian has long experience teaching, tutoring and co-supervising dissertations on microbiology and genomics.