David Diez del Molino
I have completed both, a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Salamanca, and a master’s degree in Biological Conservation at the University Complutense of Madrid. I am currently working on finishing my Ph.D. in Population Genetics at the University of Girona, which is focused on discovering the genetic basis of the evolutionary framework that underlies the successful life history of mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki), a highly aggressive invader in Mediterranean streams. In an ongoing project under the supervision of Dr. Jose Luis García-Marín at the Laboratory of Genetic Ichthyology (LIG) we are using RADtag sequencing of several populations of mosquitofish to study how the invasion process sculpts the genome of the species. I am also collaborating with Bryan Neff’s lab (University of Western Ontario, London, Canada) analyzing patterns of rapid selection on MHC loci in introduced populations of G. holbrooki using high-throughput sequencing data.
As a research associate, I am currently developing my research at the Molecular and Cultural Evolution Lab (University College London) leaded by Prof. Mark Thomas. Under the framework of the BEAN project (Bridging the European and Antolian Neolithic) we aim to analyze sequenced ancient DNA data of human remains to model the contribution of different evolutive forces to the history of the neolithic populations in Europe.