Position: Post-doctoral researcher.
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Iratxe Zarraonaindia has a degree in Biology, with a minor in Genetics, from the Complutense University of Madrid and she performed a 2 year postgraduate degree in Genetics at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). 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 is 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).
Currently she is enjoying a postdoctoral stay at the Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, USA. Her work is focused on the use of “-omic” approaches (amplicon metagenomics, shotgun metagenomics and metatranscriptomics) in order to determine the functional potential of microbial communities, as well as their taxonomic structure. 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.