Dr. Montero-Mendieta’s website

Hello, I’m Santi - a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Zoology (IOZ) in Beijing, China. I currently work under the guidance of Baocheng Guo in the Fish Evolution and Genomics Group (FEGG). My primary focus is to understand the evolutionary mechanisms that shape animal diversity on Earth through the study of genes and genomes. Click here to contact me.

Santi doing research on fish

Research: I am currently engaged in research on fish evolutionary genomics, using bioinformatics analyses of genomic datasets to uncover insights into evolutionary questions. Some of my notable findings include understanding the adaptation to high‐altitude habitats in honey bees, uncovering the diversification patterns of Neotropical frogs in the Andes, and revealing high levels of cryptic diversity in the reptiles of the Socotra Archipelago.

Brief Biography: Ever since I was young, I have dreamt of becoming a scientist and making meaningful contributions that enhance our understanding of the world. This passion for scientific exploration led me to pursue a BSc in Biology at the University of Girona. During my undergraduate studies, I developed a keen interest in animals and had the opportunity to conduct my thesis at Linköping University in Sweden. I then pursued a MSc in Biodiversity with a major in evolutionary biology at the University of Barcelona. This period provided me with valuable research experience at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona. Subsequently, I embarked on a PhD at the Doñana Biological Station in Seville, where I successfully defended my thesis. My doctoral research focused on using genomic tools to study the adaptation and diversification of natural populations in high elevation. During my PhD, I also undertook research stays at Uppsala University in Sweden. Currently, I am conducting research on phylogenomics and comparative genomics as part of my postdoctoral position at the CAS Institute of Zoology in Beijing, China. For more detailed information about my academic career, please refer to my CV.

FEGG members in 2023

Funding: I am proud to acknowledge that my research is currently possible thanks to funds for international young scientists provided by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). Previously, I was funded by a prestigious PIFI fellowship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). The support of these organizations allows me to pursue groundbreaking research in the field of evolutionary genomics.


Contact: Feel free to explore my website and get in touch with me for any inquiries or collaborations. Please use the form below to contact me. Thanks for your interest in my work.