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  • Unitat de Biologia Cel·lular. Facultat de Biociències, Edifici C

    08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès)


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General quality indicators of scientific research

- Number of six-year research period granted (date of the last one): 4 (13/07/2020)

- Number of doctoral theses supervised: 9

- Number of master theses supervised: 19


- Number of peer-review publications indexes in JCR: 71

- Number of publications in the first quartile (Q1): 58

- Number of citations: 2095

- Average number of citations per article: 30

- h-Index: 27

Educational management

Degree in Biology

Autonomous University of Barcelona


Ph.D. in Cell Biology

Autonomous University of Barcelona


Research interests

Joan Blanco is Associate Lecturer of the Department of Cellular Biology, Physiology, and Immunology and researcher of the Genetics of Male Fertility Group (http://gmfgroup.wixsite.com/gmfgroup) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). He obtained his Ph.D. in 2000 studying the contribution of sperm chromosome anomalies to male infertility. As a Postdoctoral researcher worked at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX, US) with Dr. Dolores J Lamb where he expanded his knowledge about the genetics of the human spermatozoa.

Currently, he is the team leader of the Genetics and Male Fertility Group. His research profile is directed towards the determination of the genetic basis of male infertility. In this area, he is in charge of three main research projects: 1) Identification of genetic biomarkers for the diagnosis of male infertility; 2) Analysis of the relationship between chromosome territories in spermatogenic cells and male infertility, and 3) Analysis of the genetic reproductive risk in individuals carrying chromosomal structural anomalies. He has authored more than 70 publications in peer review indexed journals including articles in the most renowned journals of the field of Reproductive Biology (Human Reproduction and Fertility and Sterility). His research has been internationally recognized with more than 1800 times cited and an h-index score of 27.

During his career, he has supervised nine Doctoral Theses and nineteen master’s students. His funding portfolio included International and Spanish research grants from public and private institutions. Convinced on the importance of the transference of scientific knowledge from basic research to the clinics, he has established several collaborative projects with numerous assisted reproductive centers. He is an active reviewer of several international scientific journals, and referee of the Spanish funding agency (Agencia Nacional de Evaluación y Prospectiva; ANEP). Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Cytogeneticists Association (ECA), and a deputy member of the working group in Reproductive Genetics of the Association for the Study of Reproductive Biology (ASEBIR).

As a teacher, he has an absolute commitment to higher education. His teaching activity focuses on Reproductive Genetics and Cytogenetics of the Degree of Genetics at the UAB, a degree that he contributed to its design and implementation, as he did for the Master in Cytogenetics and Biology of Reproduction of the UAB. Besides, he participates in several postgraduates programs in Reproductive Genetics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Ph. D., Doctorat, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Award Date: 1 Jan 2001

Degree, Llicenciat, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Award Date: 1 Jan 1994


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