• Research

Bernardo Clavijo

Group Leader - Bioinformatic Algorithms


Contact details:

  • +44 (0) 1603 450 104



A systems engineer from Argentina, Bernardo focuses his and his teams research on Algorithm Development and Genome Assembly for NGS data. He is a proficient C/C++/Python programmer, somewhat of a Unix hacker, and loves HPC programming and performance tuning.

Involved in the IT industry for more than 10 years he worked as an analyst, programmer and distributed Unix systems consultant for banks, airlines, and government agencies. At INTA, Argentina, he participated in the international effort towards wheat genome sequencing and assembly, among other plant genomics and transcriptomics projects.

Bernardo’s team assembles and validates complex genomes using information and kmer based metrics. They developed the WGS/Wheat Robust Assembly Pipeline (w2rap), which produced the most comprehensive and precise wheat genome assembly by a public initiative to date and is leading the wheat community into the pan-genomic era, and work on synteny-based alignment and comparison tools and multi-reference genomics.

In 2016 the team are also starting to work in the Octoploid strawberry strawberry genome, where they plan to further advance their multi-reference methods.