Dr. Iratxe Zarraonaindia
Position: Post-doctoral researcher.
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Iratxe Zarraonaindia is currently an Ikerbasque Research Fellow. She holds a PhD in Marine Population Genetics (PhD title: Population genetic structure of the European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus), October 2011) which she obtained at the Genetics Department of the University of the Basque Country. Her research activity was focused on the population genetic structure of the European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) using molecular markers such as microsatellites and SNP markers (nuclear and mitochondrial). In addition, she has developed a genetic tool to determine the geographic population origin of the European anchovy species for traceability purposes (Deposited Patent No. 201130534 04-APR-2011).
She enjoyed a postdoctoral stay at Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, USA (Basque Government DKR grant, Ikerbasque contract, 2012-2014), where she got specialized on the use of metagenomics to understand plant-microbe interactions. Her research is focused on the use of “-omic” approaches (amplicon metagenomics, shotgun metagenomics and metatranscriptomics) in order to determine the functional potential and taxonomic structure of a variety of ecosystems, e.g agricultural soils, vineyards, estuaries etc. In addition, she is interested in the development and application of novel modeling tools to understand the influence of environmental factors on the composition of microbial communities and on the metabolic capacity of an ecosystem.
Her main research areas are population genetics, marine ecology, traceability, microbial ecology, and community analysis.