First Name: Carolina
Last Name: Medina-Gomez
Academic Degree: PhD
Member Since: May 2019
Institution: Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam
Carolina studied Chemical engineering and Microbiology back in her country Colombia. Next, she moved to Belgium and obtained her MSc. Biostatistics. Finally, moved to Rotterdam where in 2016 she got her Ph.D. in Genetic Epidemiology at the Erasmus University Medical Center. Since then, she has been working as a post-doc researcher in the Laboratory of Human Genetics.
Her main research topic in the past years has been “Disentangling the Heterogeneity of Bone Accrual” title of her dissertation, which was awarded as the best thesis written by a bone researcher in the Netherlands in the period 2014-2016 by the NVCB. Besides this recognition, Carolina was awarded during her Ph.D. multiple recognitions including the New Investigator award by the ECTS, ASBMR and ICBBH. Her work in genetic epidemiology in admixed populations gave her the opportunity to visit the Children Hospital of Philadelphia financed by the European Union.
Carolina has led many projects within the GEFOS/GENOMOS consortium and her findings have contributed to underscore the importance of molecules, as WNT16, in bone biology, finding that has been translated in several follow-up publications.
Last few years, Carolina has expanded her interest towards microbiome research, both from the genetic and bone biology perspectives.
List of invited presentations
- 27/05/2018Measuring and interpreting microbiomehttps://ects-academy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/microbiomeworkshop.ppt
List of 5 Best Publications
- Femoral stress is prominently associated with fracture risk in children: The Generation R Study.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S8756328219300584?via%3Dihub
- Life-Course Genome-wide Association Study Meta-analysis of Total Body BMD and Assessment of Age-Specific Effects.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0002929717304949?via%3Dihub
- Bivariate genome-wide association meta-analysis of pediatric musculoskeletal traits reveals pleiotropic effects at the SREBF1/TOM1L2 locus.https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-00108-3
- Rare and low-frequency coding variants alter human adult height.https://doi.org/10.1038/nature21039
- BMD Loci Contribute to Ethnic and Developmental Differences in Skeletal Fragility across Populations: Assessment of Evolutionary Selection Pressures.https://academic.oup.com/mbe/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/molbev/msv170