Jose Barba-Montoya – Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a postdoc in the Lab of Professor Sudhir Kumar at the Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine (iGEM) at Temple University. My current research interests focus on evaluating and developing models/methods for estimation of molecular evolutionary rates and species divergence times. I also focus on conducting large scale and phylgenomic data analysis.

Contact address: Temple University, SERC Building, 1925 N. 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122-1801

Telephone: 215-204-1647

Email: j.barba@temple.edu

Instagram: @barbapsidium

Twitter: @barbapsidium

Background

2017: Ph.D. in Molecular Evolution, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London, UK. Bayesian molecular clock dating and the divergence times of angiosperms and primates. Supervised by Professor Ziheng Yang.

2012: M.Sc. in Systematics, Institute of Biology, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico. Diversification of Pachycereeae (Cactaceae) due to pollination syndromes. Supervised by Professor Susana Magallón.

2009: B.Sc. in Biology, Faculty of Sciences, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico. Origin and evolution of tribe Pachycereeae (Cactaceae). Supervised by Professor Susana Magallón.

Professional and Research Experience

Sep 2018 – date: Postdoc at the Institute for Genomics and Evolutionary Medicine, Temple University.

Jan – Sep 2018: Research and consulting for Agroproductos de Alto Valor, Edomex, México. Research on plant species cultivated in Mexico with high nutritional value for production of tortilla flours.

Oct – Dec 2017: Tree planting supervisor (volunteer) at Trees for Cities, London, UK. Supervision and support to the community people to plant trees.

Jan – Sep 2012: Research Assistant for Professor Susana Magallón at the Intstitute of Biology, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico. Collection of wild specimens, DNA extraction, PCR amplification and sequencing of succulent plants.

Feb – July 2012: Researcher at Papalote Children’s Museum, Mexico City, México. Natural History of Brossimum alicastrum.

Dec 2010: Visiting Researcher, Institute of Ecology, UNAM, Hermosillo, Sonora, México. Research on cactus pollination and collection of Cactaceae and Fouquieriaceae wild specimens.

Apr – May 2010: Visiting Researcher, Dessert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Collection of Cactaceae specimens from the botanical garden and preparation of herbarium specimens.

Jan – March 2009: Researcher, Verde Vertical, Mexico City, Mexico. Development of sustainable hydroponics.

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

2013: Wellcome Trust Grant to attend The Wellcome Trust Advanced Course: Computational Molecular Evolution. EMBL-EBI, Cambridge, UK.

2012 – 2016: National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) / UCL PhD degree Scholarship. Covering stipend and scholar fees.

2011: Travel Grant to attend the Botany 2011 Congress, Botanical Society of America. St. Louis Missouri, USA. Covering registration fee and lodging.

2011: UNAM Travel Grant to attend the Botany 2011 Congress, Botanical Society of America. St. Louis Missouri, USA. Covering flights and travel expenses.

2010: UNAM’s Postgraduate Studies Office Grant to visit the Institute of Ecology, UNAM, Hermosillo Sonora, México.

2010: UNAM’s Postgraduate Studies Office Grant to visit the Dessert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, AZ, USA. Covering flights and travel expenses.

2009 – 2012: CONACyT Master’s Degree Scholarship. Covering stipend and scholar fees.

Conference and Symposium Talks

Barba-Montoya J. Tao Q, Kumar S. Using a GTR+Γ substitution model for dating sequence divergence when stationarity and time-reversibility assumptions are violated. ECCB 2020. Barcelona, Spain. (Virtual).

Barba-Montoya J. The discrepancy of molecular and morphological clocks is largely imperceptible in divergence time estimation. EPIC 2019. Philadelphia, USA.

Barba-Montoya J, Tao Q, Kumar S. Comparison of species divergence time estimation using morphological and molecular characters. Evolution 2019. RI, USA.

Barba-Montoya J, dos Reis M, Schneider H, Donoghue PCJ, Yang Z. Constraining uncertainty in the timescale of angiosperm evolution and the veracity of a Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution. Phylogroup X 2016. London, UK.

Barba-Montoya J. Establishing a time-scale for angiosperm evolution. UCL-GEE Symposium 2015. London, UK.

Barba-Montoya J, dos Reis M, Yang Z. Angiosperm divergence times: a phylogenetic analysis of genome-scale data sets. 16th Young Systematists’ Forum 2014. Natural History Museum, London, UK.

Barba-Montoya J, dos Reis M, Yang Z. Angiosperm divergence times: a phylogenetic analysis of genome-scale data sets. LERN 2014. London, UK.

Barba-Montoya J, Magallón S, Trejo-Salazar R. Understanding arid Neotropical biodiversity: the timing and diversification rate of tribe Pachycereeae (Cactaceae, Caryophyllales). Botany 2011. St. Louis Missouri, USA. (Canceled).

Poster Presentations

Barba-Montoya J, dos Reis M, Schneider H, Donoghue PCJ, Yang Z. Constraining uncertainty in the timescale of angiosperm evolution and the veracity of a Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution. The Royal Society 2015. London, UK.

Barba-Montoya J, dos Reis M, Yang Z. Angiosperm divergence times: a phylogenetic analysis of genome-scale data sets. UK Plant Evolution 2014. Edinburgh, UK.

Barba-Montoya J, dos Reis M, Yang Z. Angiosperm divergence times: a phylogenetic analysis of genome-scale data sets. LERN 2014. London, UK — Best poster award winner.

Barba-Montoya J, dos Reis M, Yang Z. Angiosperm divergence times: a phylogenetic analysis of genome-scale data sets. 15th Young Systematists’ Forum 2013. Natural History Museum, London, UK.

Workshop and Professional Development

March 2018: NERC Short Course —Taxonomic Principles and Tools in Botanical Research. NHM, London, UK.

Nov 2015: Dating Species Divergence Using Rocks and Clocks. The Royal Society, London, UK.

Nov 2014: NERC Short Course — Species Distribution Modelling. GEE and CBER, UCL. London, UK.

Nov 2014: Radiation and Extinction — Investigating Clade Dynamics in Deep Time. The Linnean Society of London, UK.

May 2013: The Wellcome Trust advanced course — Computational Molecular Evolution. EMBL-EBI, Cambridge, UK.

Sept 2011: Climate Change Seminar — The Climate Project Org. México City, México.

Apr 2011: Advanced Course on Cactus propagation. Botanical Garden, UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico.

Peer-review

Reviewer for Systematic Biology, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Genes and Journal of Molecular Evolution.