Full Professor of Legal Medicine of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). He was the director of the Institute of Legal Medicine at the University of Santiago de Compostela between 1994 and 2012. He currently coordinates the Genomic Medicine Group at the same university and directs the Spanish National Genotyping Centre. He is a research team leader at the Centre for Biomedical Network Research on Rare Diseases (CIBERER) and has received many awards including the Jaume I Award for Medical Research and National Genetics Awards as well as having received several honorary doctorates from different universities.
Technological advances in the study of our genome now allow us to infer whose remains have been found, for example, at a mass grave or an anonymous tomb, and to extrapolate where they lived, their physical appearance, or their family origin.