The “Genomic Resources” research group led by Dr. Andone Estonba has been designated a “Consolidated Research Group” by the Department of Education, Universities and Research of the Basque Government (2010-2015), and is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of the Basque Country/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea (UPV / EHU). Made up of a total of 12 people including three professors, four post-doctoral researchers and five PhD students, our research group has specialized in the analysis of genomic variability in animal species, including the human species, for over 15 years, acquiring a high level of both human and technological capacity. We have led more than 16 national and international research projects and contracts in the last five years. Currently, we are partners of the BEEHOPE Project from ERANET BIODIVERSA call funded by MINECO (PCIN-2014-090) and SMARTBEES Project funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-KBBE-2013), both of them aimed to the conservation of local populations of honeybee. Recently, The Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness of the Basque Government, has awarded us with a grant for a new study on metagenomics (Metagenómica del Txakoli: hacia una vitivinicultura personalizada, GVCV16/18).
Our main objective is to contribute to the sustainable conservation and management of animal species, characterizing and delimiting their populations by means of genomic tools.
We have a wide range of experience in obtaining Genetic Fingerprint for its subsequent application within Animal Conservation and Genetic Improvement Programs and in areas such as Food Safety and Life Quality, and Forensic Genetics.
We are interested in the identification of genes and genetic markers associated with complex traits which have potential use in Animal Breeding programs or in Personalized Medicine, as in the case with the human species.
We are focused on the creation of genomic resources in non-model species for the optimal development of subsequent studies.
The advent of NGS sequencing technologies has made it possible, thanks to the generation of huge volumes of data, the study of whole genomes of a given environment or ecosystem directly from samples, without having to isolate and cultivate those species.
We use Bioinformatics tools extensively in our daily research, especially in Metagenomics and Genomics of non-model species. We are also exploring the role of Semantic Web technologies in publishing and consuming the data we produce.
The Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness of the Basque Government, within the SAIOTEK 2013 call, awarded us last week with a grant for a new study. This call aims to finance those research projects of the Scientific-Technological Agents from the Basque Network of Science, Technology and Innovation. The funded project is part of our […]
Within the call Universidad-Sociedad 2013, a call that promotes transfer of knowledge from the University to the Society, the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) awarded us last week with a grant for a new study. The aim is to establish the population genetic structure of Sasi-Ardi, a semi-feral native sheep breed from the western […]