Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta

Senior Researcher

Naiara joined AZTI in 2011 as senior researcher.

Email: nrodriguez[at]

Iñaki Mendibil

Laboratory Technician

Iñaki joined AZTI in 2012 as laboratory technician. He is in charge of managing the laboratory, including sample inventory, protocol development and execution as well as student laboratory work supervision. He has wide experience in high-throughput sequencing library preparation for a variety of applications.

Email: imendibil[at]

Natalia Díaz-Arce

Postdoctoral Researcher

Natalia joined AZTI in 2015 to do a PhD on population genomics of Atlantic Bluefin tuna. Since she graduated, she is working on deciphering the genetic connectivity and demography of several commercial fish species, including their potential adaptation ot pressures such as fishing or climate change.

Email: ndiaz[at]

Imanol Aguirre-Sarabia

PhD student

Imanol joined AZTI in 2019 to do his PhD on the analysis of population structure and hybridization of anglerfish and on assessing potential adaptation of fish species to climate change.

Email: iaguirre[at]

Iker Pereda-Agirre

PhD student

Iker joined AZTI in 2019 to do his PhD on the application of the close kin mark recapture (CKMR) method to commercial fish species and developing frameworks to integrate genetic knowledge into the fisheries management process.

Email: ipereda[at]

Cristina Claver de Palacio

PhD student

Cristina joined AZTI in 2020 to do her MSc thesis project and in 2021 started a PhD on the application of eDNA based analyses to explore the deep ocean as part of the SUMMER project.

Email: cclaver[at]

Oriol Canals

Postdoctoral Researcher

Oriol joined AZTI in March 2020 to work on exploring the potential of eDNA to get insights on the deep-sea as part of the EDAMAME project. He obtained his PhD from the University of Barcelona, studying protist as bioindicators , and did a postdoctoral stay at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) studying marine ciliate global distribution and seasonality.

Email: ocanals[at]

Natalia Gutierrez

Laboratory Technician

Natalia joined the team in September 2021, although she has been working in AZTI since 1998. She is in charge of performing molecular analyses, including DNA extraction, library preparation, etc. She has also wide experience with sample biobanking and is helping the team on that aspect too.

Email: ngutierrez[at]


Carlos Jurado

Master student (graduated in 2021)

Currently, continuing his studies in Argentina.

Agostino Leone

Postdoctoral researcher (2018-2019)

Currently postdoctoral researcher at IFREMER, Montpellier, France

Natalia Fraija-Fernandez

Postdoctoral researcher (2019)

Currently researcher at the Universidad de Valencia, Spain

Anaïs Rey

PhD student (graduated in 2019)

Currently postdoctoral researcher at Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris

Marie Catherine Bouquieaux

MSc student (graduated in 2018)

Currently bioinformatician at the Univerityé de Liège, Belgium

Eva Aylagas

PhD student (graduated in 2017)

Currently researcher at the Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Elsa Cuende

MSc student (graduated in 2016)

Currently researcher at AZTI

Jon Corell

MSc student (graduated in 2013)

Currently sales manager at NZYTech

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