Ana Freire-Aradas

Postdoc researcher at the Institute of Forensic Sciences from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain (USC). She obtained her B.Sc. degree in pharmacy in 2006 (USC), her M.Sc. in Molecular Medicine in 2008 (USC) and her PhD with european metion in 2013 (USC). Her research was focused on the analysis of highly degraded DNA, as well as on the inference of the biogeographic origin and externally visible characteristics.

After completing her PhD, she continued her research at the same institution and since then, she started to work on the field of epigenetics applied to forensic genetics. During 2015-2017 she worked as a postdoc researcher at the Institute of Legal Medicine, University of Cologne (Germany). After that, she returned to the Institute of Forensic Sciences, University of Santiago de Compostela. Furthermore, she made several stays at international centers in Brasil, Belgium and Poland.

At the present time, her main research interests are based on the study of epigenetic markers such as DNA methylation with forensic applications, e.g. individual age estimation; as well as the evaluation of bioinformatic tools for assessment of DNA-based prediction models.

She is a member of the International Society for Forensic Genetics (ISFG) and referee for the journal Forensic Science International: Genetics.