Dr. Naiara Rodriguez Ezpeleta


Senior Researcher, Marine Research Division, AZTI
Txatxarramendi ugartea z/g,Sukarrieta 48395, Bizkaia, Spain




Professional Preparation


Senior Researcher (tenure). Marine Research Division, AZTI, Sukarrieta, SPAIN,  2011–present

Bioinformatics Specialist (tenure). Genome Analysis Platform, CIC bioGUNE, Derio,SPAIN, 2009–2011

Postdoctoral Researcher. Laboratorio de Genómica Funcional, CIC bioGUNE Derio, SPAIN, 2008–2009

Postdoctoral Researcher. Institute for Cell & Mol. Biosc., Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2007–2008

Ph.D. in Biochemistry. Faculté de Médecine de l’Université de Montréal, Quebec, CANADA, 2007

B.S. in Biology. Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad del País Vasco, Leioa, SPAIN, 2001


Selected Publications


Mallory Van Wyngaarden, Paul VR Snelgrove, Claudio DiBacco, Lorraine C Hamilton, Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, Nicholas W Jeffery, Ryan RE Stanley, Ian R Bradbury (2017). Identifying patterns of dispersal, connectivity and selection in the sea scallop, Placopecten magellanicus, using RADseq‐derived SNPs. Evolutionary Applications.

Natalia Díaz-Arce, Haritz Arrizabalaga, Hilario Murua, Xabier Irigoien, Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta (2016) RAD-seq derived genome-wide nuclear markers resolve the phylogeny of tunas. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution.

Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, Ian R Bradbury, Iñaki Mendibil, Paula Álvarez, Unai Cotano, Xabier Irigoien (2016) Population structure of Atlantic mackerel inferred from RAD‐seq‐derived SNP markers: effects of sequence clustering parameters and hierarchical SNP selection. Molecular ecology resources.

Eva Aylagas, Ángel Borja, Xabier Irigoien, Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta (2016) Benchmarking DNA metabarcoding for biodiversity-based monitoring and assessment. Frontiers in Marine Science.

Ian R Bradbury, Sharen Bowman, Tudor Borza, Paul VR Snelgrove, Jeffrey A Hutchings, Paul R Berg, Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, Jackie Lighten, Daniel E Ruzzante, Christopher Taggart, Paul Bentzen (2015) Long distance linkage disequilibrium and limited hybridization suggest cryptic speciation in Atlantic cod. Plos one.

Eva Aylagas, Ángel Borja, Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta (2014). Environmental status assessment using DNA metabarcoding: towards a genetics based marine biotic index (gAMBI). Plos one.


María José Ferreiro, Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, Coralia Pérez, Michael Hackenberg, Ana María Aransay, Rosa Barrio, Rafael Cantera (2012)

Whole transcriptome analysis of a reversible neurodegenerative process in Drosophila reveals potential neuroprotective genes. BMC genomics.

David Mosén-Ansorena, Ana María Aransay, Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta (2012). Comparison of methods to detect copy number alterations in cancer using simulated and real genotyping data. BMC bioinformatics

Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, T Martin Embley (2012) The SAR11 group of alpha-proteobacteria is not related to the origin of mitochondria. Plos one.

Michael Hackenberg, Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, Ana M Aransay (2011) miRanalyzer: an update on the detection and analysis of microRNAs in high-throughput sequencing experiments. Nucleic acids research.

Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, Jon Álvarez-Busto, Liher Imaz, María Regueiro, María Nerea Azcárate, Roberto Bilbao, Mikel Iriondo, Ana Gil, Andone Estonba, Ana María Aransay (2010) High-density SNP genotyping detects homogeneity of Spanish and French Basques, and confirms their genomic distinctiveness from other European populations. Human genetics.

Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, Henner Brinkmann, Gertraud Burger, Andrew J Roger, Michael W Gray, Hervé Philippe, B Franz Lang (2007) Toward resolving the eukaryotic tree: the phylogenetic positions of jakobids and cercozoans. Current Biology.

Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, Henner Brinkmann, Béatrice Roure, Nicolas Lartillot, B Franz Lang, Hervé Philippe (2007) Detecting and overcoming systematic errors in genome-scale phylogenies. Systematic Biology.

Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, Hervé Philippe, Henner Brinkmann, Burkhard Becker, Michael Melkonian (2007) Phylogenetic analyses of nuclear, mitochondrial, and plastid multigene data sets support the placement of Mesostigma in the Streptophyta. Molecular Biology and Evolution

Béatrice Roure, Naiara Rodriguez-Ezpeleta, Hervé Philippe (2007) SCaFoS: a tool for selection, concatenation and fusion of sequences for phylogenomics. BMC evolutionary biology.

Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, Hervé Philippe (2006) Plastid origin: replaying the tape. Current Biology.

Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, Henner Brinkmann, Suzanne C Burey, Béatrice Roure, Gertraud Burger, Wolfgang Löffelhardt, Hans J Bohnert, Hervé Philippe, B Franz Lang (2005) Monophyly of primary photosynthetic eukaryotes: green plants, red algae, and glaucophytes. Current Biology.