Ruben Diaz Rua

Research Group Staff

Research Technician​

Alumni

Location:

Building 2 (Ibn Al Haytham) West, Level 2, Room 2207-WS16

Biography

​I am familiarized with genetic and molecular biology tools in general and culture of different cell lines. I have special interest in all issues related to transcriptomics, genomics, epigenomics and proteomics technologies.

Research Interest

​Genomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and biology molecular in general

Selected Publications

  •   Diet-induced obesity affects expression of adiponutrin/PNPLA3 and adipose triglyceride lipase, two members of the same family, P. Oliver, A. Caimari, R. Díaz-Rúa, A. Palou, International Journal of Obesity, 36, 225-232, (2012)
  •   Cold exposure down-regulates adiponutrin/PNPLA3 mRNA expression and affects its nutritional regulation in adipose tissues of lean and obese Zucker rats, P. Oliver, A. Caimari, R. Díaz-Rúa, A. Palou, British Journal of Nutrition, 107, 1283-1295, (2012)
  •   Sustained exposure to diets with an unbalanced macronutrient proportion alters key genes involved in energy homeostasis and obesity- related metabolic parameters in rats, R. Díaz-Rúa, E. García, A. Caimari, A. Palou, P. Oliver, Food & Function, 5, 3117-3131, (2014)
  •   Reversion to a control balanced diet is able to restore body weight and to recover altered metabolic parameters in adult rats long-term fed on a cafeteria diet, B. Reynés, E. García-Ruiz, R. Díaz-Rúa, A. Palou, P. Oliver, Food Research International, 64, 839-848, (2014)
  •   Peripheral blood mononuclear cells as a potential source of biomarkers to test the efficacy of weight-loss strategies, B., Reynés, R. Díaz-Rúa, E. García-Ruiz, M. Cifre, P. Oliver, A. Palou, Obesity. (Silver Spring), 23, 28-31, (2015)
  •   Peripheral blood mononuclear cells as a source to detect markers of homeostatic alterations caused by the intake of diets with an unbalanced macronutrient composition. R. Díaz-Rúa, J. Keijer, A. Caimari, E.M. Van Schothorst, A. Palou, P. Oliver, Journal Nutritional Biochemistry, 26, 398-407, (2015)

Education

  • Ph.D., Nutrigenomics and Personalized Nutrition (University of the Balearic Islands), Present
  • M.Sc., Master in Nutrigenomics and Personalized Nutrition (University of the Balearic Islands) 2009
  • M.Sc., Master in Clinical Nutrition (University of Granada) 2008
  • B.Sc., Human Nutrition and Dietetics. (University of Granada) 2007

Professional Profile

  • 2015 – Present: Research Technician on Grade R2 in the RSRC/BESE Division at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).
  • 2010 - 2014: PhD Research fellowship from the Ministry of Science and Innovation (Subprogram FPI-MICINN), UIB, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • 2010 - 2011: Pre-doctoral contract at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Nutrition and Biotechnology (LBNB), UIB, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • 2010: Research contract from “Ciber of physiopathology of obesity and nutrition-CIBERobn” at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Nutrition and Biotechnology (LBNB), UIB, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • 2009: Pre-doctoral fellowship at Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Nutrition and Biotechnology (LBNB), UIB, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Member of the CIBER of Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn), 2010 - Present
  • Member of the European Nutrigenomics Organization (NuGO), 2010 - Present

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering

Research Interests Keywords

Genomics Molecular biology Proteomics