Maria A. Sans-Fuentes

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CONTACT INFORMATION.

    Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
    333 Biosciences West
    1041 E. Lowell
    University of Arizona
    Tucson, AZ 85721
    Tel: (520) 626-4747
    FAX: (520) 621-9190
    E-mail: sans@email.arizona.edu

RESEARCH INTERESTS

    My main research interests are evolutionary genetics and cytogenetics of speciation. My previous research was focused on chromosomal variation in the western European house mouse, Mus domesticus. In particular, I studied a unique case of Robertsonian polymorphism in which mice showed karyotypic variation, with hybrids between a standard 2n=40 all-acrocentric karyotypic race and an unknown Robertsonian race with a reduced diploid number. This study was conducted from a multidisciplinary approach: biology of reproduction, morphological variation, and behavior. An additional research interest of mine is the study of circadian rhythms, applied to behavioral evolution and to clinical research of hypertension. At present, my postdoctoral research is focused on the genetic basis for the origin of new species, using the house mouse as a model. I am studying genes involved in reproductive isolation in a hybrid zone between two related species of house mice (Mus).

PUBLICATIONS

2010 Sans-Fuentes, M. A., Díez-Noguera, A., and T. Cambras. Light responses of the circadian system in leptin deficient mice. Physiology & Behavior 99: 487-494

2009 Sans-Fuentes, M. A., Ventura, J., López-Fuster, M. J. and M. Corti. Morphological variability in house mice from the Robertsonian polymorphism area of Barcelona. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 97: 555–570.

2008 Teeter, K. C., Payseur, B. A., Harris, L. W., Bakewell, M. A., Thibodeau, L. M., O'Brien, J. E., Krenz, J. G., Sans-Fuentes, M. A., Nachman M. W., and P. K Tucker. Genome-wide Patterns of Gene Flow across a House Mouse Hybrid Zone. Genome Research, 18: 67-76.

2007 Sans-Fuentes, M. A , Muñoz-Muñoz, F., Ventura J., and López-Fuster, M. J. Rb (7.17), a rare Robertsonian fusion in wild populations of the house mouse. Genetical Research, 89: 207-213.

2006 Muñoz-Muñoz, F., Sans-Fuentes, M. A, López-Fuster, M. J. and Ventura J. Variation in fluctuating asymmetry levels across a Robertsonian polymorphic zone of the house mouse. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, 44: 236-250.

2005 Sans-Fuentes, M. A., López-Fuster, M. J., Ventura J., Diez-Noguera, A. and Cambras T. Effect of Robertsonian translocations on circadian rhythm of motor activity in house mouse. Behavior Genetics, 35: 603-613.

2003 Muñoz-Muñoz, F., Sans-Fuentes, M. A, López-Fuster, M. J. and Ventura J.: Non-metric morphological divergence in the western house mouse, Mus musculus domesticus, from the Barcelona chromosomal hybrid zone. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society , 80: 313–322.

2002 Díez-Noguera, A., Sans-Fuentes, M. A and Sarrias, X.: Métodos de análisis cuantitativo de los registros ambulatorios de la presión arterial. Nefrología , Vol XXII, Sup 3: 47-53.

2000 Sans-Fuentes, M. A and Ventura, J.: Biogeographical analysis of the small mammals in a contact zone between the Eurosiberian and the Mediterranean regions. Journal of Biogeography, 27: 755-764.

1997 Ventura, J. and Sans-Fuentes, M. A.: Geographic variation and divergence in nonmetric cranial traits of Arvicola (Mammalia, Rodentia) in southwestern Europe. Zeitschrift für Saugetierkunde,62: 99-107.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Sans-Fuentes, M. A. 2002. Mus domesticus Rutty, 1772. Pp. 420-423. In: L. J. Palomo y J. Gisbert (eds). Atlas de los Mamíferos Terrestres de España. MA-1.730-2002. ISBN:84-8014-431-9

PRESENTATIONS (Selected)

2008 Annual Meeting for the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. Barcelona ( Spain). Poster: Patterns of genetic variation at male reproductive genes in house mouse (Sans-Fuentes, M.A. and M. W. Nachman)

2008 VIII Jornades de Biologia Evolutiva. Barcelona (Spain). Communication: Patrons de variació genètica de gens reproductius en mascles del ratolí domèstic ( Sans-Fuentes, M.A. and M. W. Nachman)

2007 VII Jornades de Biologia Evolutiva. Barcelona (Spain). Communication: Genètica molecular poblacional de gens relacionats amb la reproducció en el ratolí domèstic ( Sans-Fuentes, M.A. and M. W. Nachman)

2007 Annual Meeting for the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. Halifax ( Canada). Poster: Molecular population genetics of male reproductive genes in house mice (Sans-Fuentes, M.A. and M. W. Nachman)

2007 European Meeting of Hyperthension. Milan ( Italy). Poster: Evaluation of the 24-hour blood pressure effects of eprosartan in polymedicated patients with resistant hypertension. (Sans-Fuentes, M. A., Sarrias, X., and A. Díez-Noguera).

2007 European Meeting of Hyperthension. Milan ( Italy). Poster: Long term study of the effects of eprosartan on arterial hypertensive patients (Sans-Fuentes, M. A., Sarrias, X., and A. Díez -Noguera) .

2005 10ª Reunión Nacional de la Sociedad española de Hipertensión. Barcelona (Spain). Poster: Estudio comparativo del ritmo circadiano de elasticidad vascular y presión arterial de pacientes normotensos, e hipertensos antes y después del tratamiento con doxazosina. (Sarrias Lorenz, X., Sans-Fuentes, M. A., and Díez Noguera)

2004 9 th International Conference Rodens et Spatium. Lublin (Poland).Poster: Cytogenetic analysis of the house mouse in the Robertsonian polymorphic zone of Barcelona (Sans-Fuentes, M. A., Muñoz-Muñoz, F., Ventura, J., and M. J. López-Fuster).

2004 9 th International Conference Rodens et Spatium. Lublin ( Poland). Poster: Study of motor activity rhythm in two populations of house mouse from a Robertsonian polymorphic zone. (Sans-Fuentes, M. A., López-Fuster, M. J., Ventura, J., Díez-Noguera, A. and T. Cambras).

2004 9 th International Conference Rodens et Spatium. Lublin ( Poland). Poster: Fluctuating asymmetry patterns in two morphological units of the house mouse mandible across a chromosomal hybrid zone. (Muñoz-Muñoz, F., Sans-Fuentes, M. A., López-Fuster, M. J. and J. Ventura).

2003 4 th European Congress of Mammalogy. Brno ( Czech Republic). Poster: Fluctuating asymmetry in mandible traits as a measure of developmental stability in Mus musculus domesticus from the Barcelona chromosomal hybrid zone. (Muñoz-Muñoz, F., Sans-Fuentes, M. A., López-Fuster, M. J. and J. Ventura).

2003 41 th Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology. EUROTOX 2003. Florence ( Italy). Poster: Stress assessment on the shrew Crocidura russula exposed to environmental pollution. (Sánchez-Chardi, A., Sans-Fuentes, M. A., López-Fuster, M. J. and J. Nadal).

2003 V Jornadas Españolas de Conservación y Estudio de Mamíferos. Ciudad Real (Spain). Poster: Estudio preliminar del ritmo de actividad motora de dos poblaciones Robertsonianas del ratón doméstico, Mus musculus domesticus (Rutty, 1772). (Sans-Fuentes, M. A., López-Fuster, M. J., Ventura, J., Cambras, T. and A. Díez-Noguera).

2003 V Jornadas Españolas de Conservación y Estudio de Mamíferos. Ciudad Real (Spain). Poster: Efecto de la contaminación sobre la estabilidad del desarrollo en la musaraña común, Crocidura russula (Hermann, 1780). (Sans-Fuentes, M.A., Sánchez-Chardi, A., López-Fuster M.J. and J. Nadal).

2002 VII Reunión de grupos de cronobiología y cronopsicología. Bellaterra (Spain). Communication: Relación específica entre el incremento de la pared posterior del ventrículo y diversas variables derivadas de la MAPA. (Sans-Fuentes, M. A., Sàrrias, X., Cambras, T., Vilaplana, J. and Díez-Noguera, A.).

2002 8 th International Conference Rodens et Spatium. Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). Poster: Fluctuating asymmetry in a Mus domesticus hybrid zone. (Sans-Fuentes, M. A., López-Fuster, M. J, Ventura, J. and Corti, M.).

2002 8 th International Conference Rodens et Spatium. Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). July. Poster: Non-metric cranial trait variation in Mus domesticus from the Barcelona chromosomal hybrid zone. (Muñoz-Muñoz, F., Sans-Fuentes, M. A., López-Fuster, M. J. and J. Ventura).

2001 V Jornadas Españolas de Conservación y Estudio de Mamíferos. Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain). Communication: Estudio de la espermatogénesis en una zona híbrida de Mus domesticus. (Sans-Fuentes, M. A., García-Valero, J., Ventura, J. and López-Fuster, M. J.).

2001 V Jornadas Españolas de Conservación y Estudio de Mamíferos. Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain). Communication: Efecto del polimorfismo robertsoniano en la estructura genética poblacional de Mus domesticus. (Sans-Fuentes, M. A., Ventura, J. and López-Fuster, M. J.).

2001 V Jornadas Españolas de Conservación y Estudio de Mamíferos. Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain). December. Poster: Polimorfismo epigenético en una zona híbrida cromosómica de Mus domesticus (Rodentia:Muridae). (Muñoz Muñoz, F., Sans-Fuentes, M. A.,López-Fuster, M. J. and Ventura, J.).

2000 IV Jornadas Españolas de Conservación y estudio de Mamíferos. Segovia (Spain). Poster: Citogenética poblacional de Mus musculus domesticus en una zona híbrida del nordeste ibérico. (Sans-Fuentes, M. A., Ventura, J. and López-Fuster, M. J.).

2000 7 th International Conference Rodents et Spatium. Ceské Budejovice (Czech Republic). Poster: Geometric morphometrics in a Mus musculus domesticus hybrid zone. (Sans-Fuentes, M. A., Corti, M., Ventura, J. and López-Fuster, M. J.).

2000 7 th International Conference Rodents et Spatium. Ceské Budejovice ( Czech Republic). Poster: Preliminary data on male gametogenesis in wild house mouse (Mus musculus domesticus) from a chromosomal hybrid zone. (Sans-Fuentes, M. A., García-Valero, J., Ventura, J. and López-Fuster, M. J.).

2000 61º Congresso Nazionale Unione Zoologica Italiana. S. Benedetto del Tronto (Italy). Poster: La zona di ibridazione “Barcellona” di Mus musculus domesticus: variazione in forma e dimensioni tramite morfometria geometrica. (Sans-Fuentes, M. A., Corti, M., Ventura, J. and López-Fuster, M. J.).

1998 Euro-American Mammal Congress. Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Poster: Biogeographical analysis of the small mammals in a contact zone between the Eurosiberian and the Mediterranean regions. (Sans-Fuentes, M. A., Márquez, A and Ventura, J.).

1998 Euro-American Mammal Congress. Santiago de Compostela ( Spain). Poster: Helminth parasitism in a Spanish hybrid zone of Mus musculus domesticus. (Sans-Fuentes, M. A. Feliu, C., López-Fuster, M. J., Ventura, J., Günduz, I. and Searle, J.)

HONORS/AWARDS

    Fulbright Scholarship awarded by Fulbright Comission to postdoctoral research stay in the Departament of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona (Tucson, USA). April, 2006-present.

    Grant awarded by DURSI (Catalonia Government) to research stay in the Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e dell'Uomo, UniversitÓ di Roma "La Sapienza". March-June, 2002.

    Grant awarded by MEC (Spanish government) to research stay in the Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e dell’Uomo, Università di Roma "La Sapienza". May-July, 2000.

    Grant awarded by MEC (Spanish government) to research stay in the Dipartimento di Biologia Animale e dell'Uomo, UniversitÓ di Roma "La Sapienza". October-December, 1999.

    F.P.I. Fellowship (MEC, Spanish Government). 1997-2000.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    1998 Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain

    1998 Zoology, University of Barcelona, Spain

    1999 Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain

    2000 Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain

EDUCATION

    European Doctor Mention. 2005.

    Ph.D. in Biology. Thesis title: Biological study of Mus domesticus (Rutty 1772) in a zone of Robertsonian polymorphism. Departament de Biologia Animal, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. 2004.

    Experimental master in pharmacological sciences. Master title: Doxazosine effect in hypertensive patients, Departament de Fisiologia. Facultat de Farmacia. Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. 2004.

    Diploma of advanced studies, Departament de Biologia Animal, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. 1998.

    Bachelor in Biology. Universitat de Barcelona, Spain. 1996.