Naiara joined AZTI in 2011 as senior researcher where she develops projects related to the application of genetic technologies to improve marine management. She did her PhD in Montreal (Canadá) and a postdoc in Newcastle (UK) on deep eukaryotic phylogeny and worked as research scientists in CIC bioGUNE (Spain).
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.
Natalia joined AZTI in 2015 to do a PhD on population genomics of Atlantic Bluefin tuna; now, she is involved in the population genetics related projects of the team, focusing on deciphering the genetic connectivity and demography of several commercial fish species, including their potential adaptation ot pressures such as fishing or climate change.
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.
Oriol joined AZTI March 2020 as postdoctoral researcher associated to the EDAMAME project; now, he is in charge of overseeing the environmental/community DNA related projects of the team. 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.
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.
Alice joined AZTI in 2022 to work on the GIFAMAN project. She obtained her PhD from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Aqua) working on the population genomics of contemporary and historical specimens of tiger shark. Her core interests are marine conservation and the application of genomic techniques to inform management plans and fisheries policy
Mukesh Bhendarkar joined AZTI in March 2022 for his PhD. Before joining AZTI, he worked as a Scientist at the ICAR-National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management, Pune, India. Now he’s looking at the potential for eDNA approaches to provide insights and foresight into fisheries resource management in a changing climate scenario.
Marina joined AZTI in September 2022 to work on her PhD associated to the GIFAMAN project. Before joining AZTI, she did her MSc thesis project on acoustic monitoring as part of the IMBRsea program and worked at IATS-CSIC on fish stress using molecular techniques.
Leire G. de Amézaga
Leire joined AZTI in September 2022 to expand her research experience after her double degree in Biotechnology and Oceanography and previous research experience at the Universidad Católica de Valencia, AZTI and CCMAR as undergraduate student.
PhD student (2019 – 2022)
Currently, continuing his career outside academia.
Master student (graduated in 2021)
Currently, continuing his career outside academia, in Argentina
Postdoctoral researcher (2018-2019)
Currently postdoctoral researcher at IFREMER, Montpellier, France
Postdoctoral researcher (2019)
Currently researcher at the Universidad de Valencia, Spain
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
PhD student (graduated in 2017)
Currently researcher at the Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
MSc student (graduated in 2016)
Currently researcher at AZTI
MSc student (graduated in 2013)
Currently sales manager at NZYTech