Araxi Urrutia Odabachian, PhD
2007- Lecturer position at the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath.
2007- Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath (full time since October 2010).
2007-2008 L’Oreal UK-Royal Institution-UNESCO Women in Science Fellow at the Dept. of Biology & Biochemistry, University of Bath (part time).
2006-2007 Volunteer part time (10hrs a week) postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath.
2004-2006 Career break for maternity reasons.
2003-2004 Research Assistant, Institute of Functional Genomics & Evolution, Arizona State University.
2000-2004 PhD from the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Bath under supervision of Prof. Laurence Hurst. Thesis Title: Bioinformatics analysis of characteristics and structure of the human genome: tracking the footprints of natural selection mediated by gene expression.
1998-1999 Exchange student at the Department of Biology at McGill University, Canada.
1995-1999 Honours BSc in Psychology with distinction, National University of Mexico. Thesis title: Long term potentiation of the cortico-thalamic pathway in mouse brain slices (supervised by Prof. Angel Alonso and Dr Federico Bermudez-Rattoni).
2010 Visiting Scholar at INMEGEN (National Institute of Genomic Medicine), Mexico.
2002 Visiting student under supervision of Dr Hiroshi Akashi at Pennsylvania State University.
1998-1999 Research student, supervisor: late Dr Alonso; McGill Montreal Neurological Institute, Canada.
1998 Research student, supervisor: Prof. Bermudez-Rattoni; Institute of Cellular Physiology, UNAM.
1997 Research student, supervisor: Prof. Bouzas Riaño; Faculty of Psychology, National Uni. of Mexico.
Awards, funding and editorial work
National and international awards
2012– National Research System, CONACyT, Mexico-Academic member level 1 (renewed).
2009-2012 National Research System, CONACyT, Mexico-Academic member level 1
2009 Biochemical Society Early Career Research Award – Theme I: Genes
2008 International Raising Talent 2008 by the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society.
2008 SHE Inspiring Women Award 2008 – Category Innovator.
2004 Promega Young Scientist of the Year Award (Third Prize).
2003 L’Oreal – Royal Institution postgraduate science student of the year 2003 award
2009 Merit pay award for an exceptional contribution to the University of Bath by members of staff.
2003 Ede and Ravenscroft Award for outstanding achievement of a research student, University of Bath.
2003 Qualye Prize best postgraduate student at the Dept. of Biology and Biochem. University of Bath.
1999 Honours mention to outstanding undergraduate thesis, National University of Mexico.
Grants and fellowships
2010 Royal Society International Travel grant
2010 Santander travel grant
2009-2011 Royal Society Research Grant for Fellows
2008-2009 Royal Society Research Grant
2008 Royal Society Conference Grant
2007-2012 Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellowship
2007-2008 L'Oréal UK Fellowship for Women in Science, UNESCO & Royal Institution of GB
BBC world, Guardian, Sunday Times, the Sunday Telegraph, The Bath Chronicle, BathFM. Mexican media: Reforma, México en Línea, Grupo Radio Centro, El Diario de Chihuahua, El Heraldo de Chihuahua.
Career profile in science and non-science magazines
EU Research Magazine, Biochemist, Research Impact (University of Bath, internal publication), SHE magazine. Mexico: Conversus, Contenido, Lideres mexicanos.
Membership to learned societies
2009- Member of the British Society for Cell Biology.
2008- Invited member of the Biochemical Society.
2003- Awarded Life Membership of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
2002- Member of the Genetics Society of Great Britain.
Grant evaluation and editorial work
2011-present Member of the Royal Society’s International Exchange Scheme: Panel 7 Developmental biology, genetics, immunology and microbiology.
2009-present Member of the Panel of Editorial Advisers for the Biochemical Journal.
2009-2011 Member of the Royal Society’s International Travel Grants: Panel 7 Developmental biology, genetics, immunology and microbiology.
Manuscripts reviewed for
PLoS Genetics, Genome Research, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Genome Biology, Journal of Molecular Evolution, Human Molecular Genetics, Nature Communications, Genome Biology and Evolution, BMC genomics, Heredity, Genetics, Genome, Bioinformatics, Proceedings of the Royal Soc. B: Biol. Sciences, PLoS ONE, FTB Journal, Biology Direct, Gene and DNA Research.
2013 Co-chair of the organising committee of the Population genetics group (Pop-group) to be held in Bath in January 2014.
2011 Co-organiser of Evolution @ Bath & Bristol. University of Bath.
2009-2010 Member of the organising committee and co-chair of microbiology session in Biofuels for the Frontiers in Science, UK-Brazil meeting organised by the Royal Society and FAPESP.
Seminars hosted at the University of Bath
Social bacterial evolution. 2011. Dr Ashleigh Griffin, Oxford University, UK.
RNA world. 2003. Prof. David Penny, Massey University, New Zealand.
Evolution of eye receptors. 2002. Prof. Wen-Hsiung Li, Chicago University, United States.
Participation in university committees
2011-present Department of Biology and Biochemistry representative to the Equalities and Diversity Network, University of Bath.
2009-present Invited to the Athena Swan University of Bath self-assessment group to prepare a successful application for an Athena SWAN bronze award and implementation of action plan.
2008-2009 Academic/research staff representative, Equalities and Diversities Committee, Uni. of Bath.
2008 Research staff representative in the Equalities and Diversities Committee, University of Bath.
Teaching and mentoring
Genomes BB30167 – 6 lectures contributed on Eukaryotic genomics (from 2012)
Evolution of genomic systems BB40128 – lecture contributed on gene order (from 2008).
Practice of science BB20152 and BB20153 – Tutorial Units (from 2008).
Ecology and Evolution BB10012 – 4 lectures contributed on genome evolution (from 2011).
Genetics BB10007 – 10 lectures contributed on molecular genetics (from 2012).
Skills & techniques BB10001 and BB10002 – Tutorial units (from 2007).
PhD supervisor to seven students (including one graduated).
Masters research project supervisor to 7 students.
Final year research project supervisor to 18 students.
Supervisor to one undergraduate placement student.
Supervisor to one summer intern.
Co supervisor to two PhD students.
Internal assessor to two PhD students and several biology undergraduate project students.
External examiner to one student from the University of Sussex.
Bursaries for supervised postgraduate students
2011-2015 CONACyT Scholarship secured by student Jimena Monzon - ~£72000
2011-2015 CONACyT Scholarship secured by student Atahualpa Castillo - ~£72000
2010-2013 BBSRC Systems Biology studentship secured by student Nina Ockendon - ~£45,000
2010-2013 University of Bath half fees scholarship secured by student Wei Wang
2009-2012 University of Bath fees scholarship for student Steve Bush
2008-2012 CONACyT Scholarship secured by student Jaime Tovar
2008-2011 UK-China Scholarship for excellence secured by student Lu Chen
2009-2012 University of Bath Full Fees International Scholarship, for MP (Declined for personal reasons)
Travel grants secured by supervised postgraduate students
2012 Korner travel award by the University of Sussex secured by Nina Ockendon
2012 Selected for CPIB Modelling Summer School by Atahualpa Castillo
2012 Selected for CPIB Modelling Summer School by student Nina Ockendon
2011 Departmental travel grant secured by student Atahualpa Castillo
2011 Santander Travel Grant secured by student Lu Chen
2011 Company of Biologists Travel Grant secured by student Nina Ockendon £2000
2011 Departmental travel grant secured by student Steve Bush £200
Dr Araxi Urrutia
Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow
Evolutionary Functional Genomics Lab