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Bioinformatics Training


Data Science and Data Management Training Programme Lead


Job Role

At the Bioinformatics Training Facility Alexia is in charge of the development and delivery of bioinformatics training courses at the University of Cambridge whilst establishing a network of training experts across the UK.   



Monday to Friday, office hours.

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Before joining the group Alexia worked with different departments across the University and also with other institutions on human evolutionary genetics and epidemiology.


Key publications: 

Epigenome-Wide Association Study of Incident Type 2 Diabetes in a British Population: EPIC-Norfolk Study


2019-12-01 | Journal article

DOI: 10.2337/db18-0290

CONTRIBUTORS: Alexia Cardona; Felix R. Day; John R.B. Perry; Marie Loh; Audrey Y. Chu; Benjamin Lehne; Dirk S. Paul; Luca A. Lotta; Isobel D. Stewart; Nicola D. Kerrison et al.

Positive selection of AS3MT to arsenic water in Andean populations.

2015-10 | Journal article

DOI: 10.1016/j.mrfmmm.2015.07.007

PMID: 26366667

CONTRIBUTORS: Eichstaedt CA; Antao T; Cardona A; Pagani L; Kivisild T; Mormina M

Genetic and phenotypic differentiation of an Andean intermediate altitude population.

2015-05 | Journal article

DOI: 10.14814/phy2.12376

PMID: 25948820

PMC: PMC4463816

CONTRIBUTORS: Eichstaedt CA; Antão T; Cardona A; Pagani L; Kivisild T; Mormina M

A recent bottleneck of Y chromosome diversity coincides with a global change in culture.

2015-04 | Journal article

DOI: 10.1101/gr.186684.114

PMID: 25770088

PMC: PMC4381518

CONTRIBUTORS: Karmin M; Saag L; Vicente M; Wilson Sayres MA; Järve M; Talas UG; Rootsi S; Ilumäe AM; Mägi R; Mitt M et al.

Genome-wide analysis of cold adaptation in indigenous Siberian populations.

2014 | Journal article

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098076

PMID: 24847810

PMC: PMC4029955

CONTRIBUTORS: Cardona A; Pagani L; Antao T; Lawson DJ; Eichstaedt CA; Yngvadottir B; Shwe MT; Wee J; Romero IG; Raj S et al.

The Andean adaptive toolkit to counteract high altitude maladaptation: genome-wide and phenotypic analysis of the Collas.

2014 | Journal article

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093314

PMID: 24686296

PMC: PMC3970967

CONTRIBUTORS: Eichstaedt CA; Antão T; Pagani L; Cardona A; Kivisild T; Mormina M

A Selective Sweep on a Deleterious Mutation in CPT1A in Arctic Populations.

2014-10 | Journal article

PMID: 25449608

PMC: PMC4225582

CONTRIBUTORS: Clemente FJ; Cardona A; Inchley CE; Peter BM; Jacobs G; Pagani L; Lawson DJ; Antão T; Vicente M; Mitt M et al.

Genetic signatures reveal high-altitude adaptation in a set of ethiopian populations.

2013-08 | Journal article

DOI: 10.1093/molbev/mst089

PMID: 23666210

PMC: PMC3708501

CONTRIBUTORS: Huerta-Sánchez E; Degiorgio M; Pagani L; Tarekegn A; Ekong R; Antao T; Cardona A; Montgomery HE; Cavalleri GL; Robbins PA et al.

Teaching and Supervisions




  • Introduction to R - Training Lead, Trainer
  • Reproducible Research in R - Training Lead
  • Introduction to Python Technical Programming - Training Lead, Trainer
  • Introduction to Python and Statistics for Chemists - Training Lead, Trainer


  • Introduction to R - Training Lead, Trainer
  • Bioinformatics Data Exploration for Biologists - Training Lead


  • Introduction to R - Training Lead, Trainer
  • Reproducible Research with R - Training Lead


  • An Introduction to Solving Biological Problems with R - Training Lead, Trainer
  • Data Carpentry in R - Training Lead, Trainer

Other Professional Activities

Alexia is the founder of R-Ladies Cambridge and coordinates other R groups across Cambridge.

Data Science and Data Management Training Programme Lead
Alexia Cardona

Contact Details

Email address: 
Bioinformatics Training
Department of Genetics
University of Cambridge
Downing Street
United Kingdom