Group members

Current group members

Antton Alberdi

Group Leader

I lead a young research group of enthusiastic biologists and data scientists interested in understanding how animal-microbiota interactions shape ecological and evolutionary processes.

Ana Verissimo

Project and outreach manager

Data generation manager for HoloFood and project and outreach manager for 3D’omics. I like people, processes and efficiency.

Ostaizka Aizpurua

Assistant Professor

My research is focused on understanding how animal-microbiota-environment interactions affect animal behaviour and its implication for animal ecology and evolution.

Carlotta Pietroni

Laboratory manager

I am involved in optimising the lab procedures for the 3D’omics project, which aims to generate a 3D reconstruction of the animal-intestinal microbiota interactions.

Aoife Leonard


My research focusses on addressing eco-evolutionary questions about the interaction between ecological niches and gut microbiomes of vertebrates as part of the Earth Hologenome Initiative.

Raphael Eisenhofer


I'm fascinated by the co-evolution of microbes with their hosts. My research seeks to understand what these intimate relationships mean for animal health and evolution, with a particular focus on wild mammals.

Iñaki Odriozola

Data analyst

I'm an ecologist with knowledge on statistical modelling and data analysis. Currently, my research mainly focuses on studying microbial species distributions and diversity, as well as host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions.

Lasse Nyholm Jessen

PhD Student

My research focuses on how the hologenomic approach can be applied in the conservation of endangered animal species by pre-conditioning the microbiome of captive-bred individuals prior to their release into the wild.

Adam Koziol

PhD Student

My PhD focuses around the role of gut microbiomes in species adaptation. Particularly, looking at metagenomic and taxonomic profiles of these communities and how they form/shape adaptive process to novel environmental conditions.

Sofia Marcos

PhD Student

I am interested in applying a hologenomic approach in animal production to understand how pre- and probiotics affect host and gut microbiota interactions towards improving animal welfare.

Garazi Martin

PhD Student

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Luisa Nielsen

PhD Student

The focus of my PhD research is behavioural hologenomics. Thus, I investigate how the gut microbes associated to a certain host affect its brain – hence, behaviour – using a hologenomic approach.

Joana Fernandes

PhD Student

My PhD focuses around the ecological role of dry-stone walls on the preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services. I’m particularly interested in characterizing trophic interactions through metabarcoding.

Nia Toshkova

PhD Student

I'm studying how climate change is affecting bat hibernation and what changes in the transcriptome and metabolome are happening due to the prolonged winter inactivity.

Adam Marques

PhD Student

Based at the University of Porto, the research of my Ph.D. focuses on the impacts that anthropogenic habitats have on the diet, microbiome, and genome of fire salamanders in the north-western Iberian Peninsula.

Louisa Pless

Research Assitant

I work on the HoloFood project where I process chicken gut samples to help illuminate diverse relationships between hosts and microbiomes in response to different dietary items.

Jonas Lauritsen

Research Assistant

With a love for learning, DIY-projects, and microbiology, I assume the role as research assistant, where I help implement and optimise the AlberdiLab laboratory protocols for automation purposes.

Marta Contreras

Research Assistant

I am an ecologist working on the 3D'omics project, implementing molecular techniques to unveil the three-dimensional conformation of animal-microbiota multi-omic interactions.

Kees Blijleven

Research Assistant

I am setting up a gut-on-a-chip model to study animal-microbiota interactions of different species during healthy and diseased steady states.

Nanna Gaun

Research Assitant

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Former members

Núria Hermosilla

MSc student, Student Assistant

While being a Bioinformatics student at KU, Nuria worked on the implementation of Holoflow - our in-house pipeline for hologenomics data generation and analysis.

Martina Cardinali

MSc student, Student Assistant

Martina contributed to the automatisation of laboratory procedures and took part in the development of the Earth Hologenome Initiative


Evie Morris (2020)

University of Exeter, UK

Evie visited us twice to generate metabarcoding and shotgun metagenomic data from bat faeces.

Matteo Soverini (2019)

University of Bologna, Italy

Matteo visited us to work on the bioinformatic analysis of ancient coprolites of bronce age dogs.

Nerea Pagaldai (2021)

Aranzadi, the Basque Country

Nerea visited us to perform metagenomic analysis of tawny owl faecal samples and cloacal swabs.

Álvaro Moreno

Complutense University, Spain

Álvaro visited us to generate DNA metabarcoding data from mycorrhizal samples from Greenland.


GLOBE Institute
University of Copenhagen
Øster Farimagsgade 5,
Building 7
1353 Copenhagen, Denmark


Assoc. Prof. Antton Alberdi