Dr. Iratxe Montes
Position: post-doctoral researcher.
Tlf: 0034 94 601 55 03
Fax: 0034 94 601 31 45
Iratxe Montes holds an international PhD in Molecular Biology and Biomedicine in the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) (Population genetics of European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) in the Bay of Biscay, June 2014) with a five month collaboration stay in the Molecular Ecology and Fisheries Genetics Laboratory (MEFGL) at Bangor University (UK). Her research activity was focused in SNP discovery through NGS in non-model organisms for (1) providing insights into the population genomics of European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) in the Bay of Biscay, (2) determining its effective population size, and (3) traceability purposes. She has also studied susceptibility genes for bovine paratuberculosis, population genetics of albacore (Thunnus alalunga) by means of microsatellites, and she has discovered SNPs in the Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus).
Currently, she continues her research in SNP discovery and population genomics of marine species including albacore (Thunnus alalunga), Japanese anchovy (Engraulis japonicus), European anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus), and sardine (Sardine pilchardus). Additionally, she takes part in two European projects started in 2014 (BEEHOPE and SMARTBEES), which ultimate objective is the preservation and promotion of local bee populations in Europe. Iratxe is mainly involved in studying whole genome variation for delimiting honeybee subspecies and finding diagnostic SNPs in the subspecies level.
She is specialist in discovering SNP markers through NGS for addressing questions about conservational issues, population structure, ecological adaptation and traceability