Dr. Chaves studied Biology in the Faculty of Biology at the University of Valencia and graduated in 1992. He obtained his doctorate with cum laude honors 5 years later from the same university.
After several postdoctoral stays and working as a researcher at the former Cytology Research Institute, he joined the Clinical Research Foundation in Valencia in 2002. There, he developed the Genetic Studies Unit which subsequently became the Genotyping and Genetic Diagnosis Unit at the Foundation, and which he has directed since this change.
His teaching work started in 2001 as a lecturer in several postgraduate courses — also managing a number of them, participating in doctorate courses, and working as an associate professor at the Genetics Department at the University of Valencia. His research includes the study of:
- The genetic basis of common diseases such as alterations in lipid metabolism, hypertension, obesity, and type-II diabetes and their consequences.
- The genetics of different types of mono- or oligo-genetic diseases, primarily focusing on identifying previously unknown causal genes.
- Genetic and epigenetic marker study aimed at improving understanding of the basis of different diseases and their diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.
- Developing methodology for performing different types of genetic studies.
He has over 100 scientific publications, has developed more than 20 research projects, and directed more than 10 doctoral theses. The unit has also developed procedures for diagnosing more than 70 inherited diseases and for oncological pharmacogenetics studies. He has 2 patents and has recently developed a spin-off business.
He currently collaborates with the Centre of Networked Biomedical Research in Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Disorders (CIBERDEM; Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Diabetes y Enfermedades Metabólicas Asociadas) division and with numerous national and international researchers.