David Díez-del-Molino, PhD

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Research interests

My research is focused on studying the origins, history and relationships between human and animal populations, -ancient, modern, extinct or endangered- by investigating their genomes and using population genetics, computational genomics and ancient DNA methods.


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• Languages: Spanish/English/Catalan

• Wet-lab work: techniques related to molecular markers such as microsatellite loci, SNPs, mtDNA, and NGS.

• Software (Plink, ADMIXTURE, TreeMix, etc…) and analyses (FST, He, IBD, Tajima’s D, PSMC, etc…) related to population genetics/genomics.

• Bioinformatics and genomic data analysis: from handling big sequence files to variant calling, processing and filtering.

• Computer simulations and modelling DNA data using either custom scripting or standard software such as ms or FastSimCoal2.

• R (scripting and plotting), Python (scripting) and the GNU/Linux environment (including shell and cluster scripting).

• Experience supervising undergraduate and Master's students.

• Experience in writing projects and technical reports, communicating results in conferences and publishing in journals.

Education and Training

2016 - Present: Postdoctoral Researcher. Swedish Museum of Natural History.

2014 - 2016: Postdoctoral Research Associate. University College London.

2010 - 2015: Ph.D. in Population Genetics. Laboratori d’Ictiologia Genètica. University of Girona.

2008 - 2009: Master in Conservation Biology. The Complutense University of Madrid.

2003 - 2008: Degree in Biological Sciences. University of Salamanca.

Other Training / Recent Courses

2015 - Population Genetics and Demographic History: model-based approaches. Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. Oeiras, Portugal (4 days)

2015 - Variant Analysis with GATK. The Broad Institute/University of Cambridge. Cambridge, UK (2 days)

2015 - Introduction to Genomic data analysis using Hapmap and the 1000 Genomes projects. Transmitting Science. Sabadell, Spain (5 days)

2014 - Introduction to High Performance High Throughput Computing. ISD/University College London. London, UK. (2 days)

2014 - Bioinformatics Workshop. EMBL-EBI. University of Girona, Spain (2 days)

2014 - Computing for Data Analysis (R). Johns Hopkins University/Coursera (MOOC-4 weeks)

2013 - Next-Generation Sequencing data analysis . COMAV/Polytechnic University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain. (38 hours)

Teaching Experience

2013/2014: Adjunct Professor. University of Girona.

• Integrated Scientific Techniques

• Conservation Genetics

• Genetics

• Population Genetics

2015/2016: Adjunct Professor. University of Girona.

• Introduction to Bioinformatics

• Applied Bioinformatics

Research Projects

2016 - 2018: Conservation Palaeogenomics: using the woolly mammoth as a model system for the small population paradigm. PI: Love Dalén. Swedish Research Council. Code 3869.

2014 - 2016: Bridging European and Anatolian Neolithic (BEAN) - International Training Network. PI: Mark G. Thomas. The 7th Framework Program of the European Commission. Code 289966. FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN

2010 - 2012: River invasibility of introduced freshwater fish: population structure of the introduced Gambusia holbrooki. PI: Jose-Luis García-Marín. Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN) CGL2009-12877-C02-02

Awards and Scholarships

2014-2016: Marie-Curie ITN – Experienced Researcher. University College London, UK.

2013: Travel grant to visit Bryan Neff’s Laboratory at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada, for 3 months. University of Girona.

2010 - 2013: Ph.D. Scholarship from the University of Girona (BR12/2010)


2017 - DÍEZ-DEL-MOLINO D, SANCHEZ-BARREIRO F, GILBERT TM, BARNES I, DALÉN L. Quantifying Temporal Genomic Erosion in Endangered Species. Trends in Ecology and Evolution

2017 - PEČNEROVÁ P, PALKOPOULOU E, WHEAT C, SKOGLUND P, VARATANYAN S, TIKHONOV A, NIKOLSKIY P, VAN DER PLICHT J, DÍEZ-DEL-MOLINO D, DALÉN L. Mitogenome Evolution in the Last Surviving Woolly Mammoth Population Reveals Neutral and Functional Consequences of Small Population Size. Evolution Letters

2017 - PEČNEROVÁ P, DÍEZ-DEL-MOLINO D, DUSSEX N, FEUERBORN T, VON SETH J, VAN DER PLICHT J, NIKOLSKIY P, TIKHONOV A, VARATANYAN S, DALÉN L. Genome-based sexing provides clues about behavior and social structure in the woolly mammoth. Current Biology

2017 - ZENG Y, DÍEZ-DEL-MOLINO D, VERA M, VIDAL O, GARCÍA-MARÍN JL. Multiple paternity and reproduction opportunitiesfor invasive mosquitofish. Hydrobiologia. doi:10.1007/s10750-017-3125-3

2016 - BROUSHAKI F, THOMAS TG, LINK V, LÓPEZ S, VAN DORP L, KIRSANOW K, HOFMANOVÁ Z, DIEKMANN Y, CASSIDY L, DÍEZ DEL MOLINO D et al. Early Neolithic genomes from the eastern Fertile Crescent. Science. doi:10.1126/science.aaf7943

2016 - HOFMANOVÁ Z, KREUTZER S, HELLENTHAL G, SELL C, DIEKMANN Y, DÍEZ DEL MOLINO D et al. Early farmers from across Europe directly descended from Neolithic Aegeans. PNAS. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/032763

2016 - PEČNEROVÁ P, DÍEZ-DEL-MOLINO D, VARTANYAN S, DALÉN L. Changes in variation at the MHC class II DQA locus during the final demise of the woolly mammoth. Scientific Reports. doi: 10.1038/srep25274

2016 - VERA M, DÍEZ-DEL-MOLINO D, GARCÍA-MARÍN JL. Genomic data provide insights on the evolutionary changes of the mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) during the invasive process. Molecular Ecology. doi: 10.1111/mec.13545

2016 - DÍEZ-DEL-MOLINO D, ARAGUAS RM, VERA M, VIDAL O, SANZ N, GARCÍA-MARÍN JL. Temporal genetic dynamics among mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) populations in invaded watersheds. Biological Invasions. 18(3), 841-855 doi: 10.1007/s10530-016-1055-z

2015 - DÍEZ-DEL-MOLINO D. Genetic diversity and population structure of the non-native Eastern mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) in Mediterranean streams. PhD. Thesis. University of Girona. pdf

2013 - DÍEZ-DEL-MOLINO D, CARMONA-CATOT G, ARAGUAS RM, VIDAL O, GARCÍA-BERTHOU E, SANZ N, GARCÍA-MARÍN JL. Gene flow and maintenance of genetic diversity in invasive mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki). PLoS ONE 8(12): e82501. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0082501

2013 - SANZ N, ARAGUAS, RM, VIDAL O, DÍEZ-DEL-MOLINO D, FERNÁNDEZ-CEBRIAN R, GARCÍA-MARIN JL. Genetic characterization of the invasive mosquitofish (Gambusia spp.) introduced to Europe: population structure and colonization routes. Biological Invasions. doi:10.1007/s10530-013-0456-5

2012 - VIDAL O, SANZ N, ARAGUAS RM, FERNÁNDEZ-CEBRIÁN R, DÍEZ-DEL-MOLINO D, GARCÍA-MARÍN JL. SNP diversity in introduced populations of the invasive Gambusia holbrooki. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 21:100-108.

Workshops and Conferences

• [Symposium organizer] SMBE15. The Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. SMBE. Vienna, 2015.

• [Conference organizer] BEAN Workshop ‘Simulating the Neolithic’. University College London/Institute of Archaeology. London, 2015.

• [Attendance] I Workshop on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Bioinformatics Barcelona (BIB). Barcelona, 2013.

• [Conference organizer & Poster] Temporal genetic dynamics in invasive populations of mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki). XXXIX Congress of the Spanish Society of Genetics (SEG). Girona, 2013.

• [Poster] Comparative genetic diversity patterns of mosquitofish populations among invaded watersheds. VII European Conference on Biological Invasions (NEOBIOTA2012). Pontevedra, 2012.

• [Poster] Population structure of mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) along a highly polluted river. IV Iberian Workshop of Ichthyology (SIBIC). Girona, 2012. * Best poster award *

• [Oral communication] Population structure of Gambusia holbrooki along a highly polluted river. XIX Workshop in Population Genetics and Evolution (SEGPE). Orduña, 2012.

• [Poster] Population structure of the invasive species Gambusia holbrooki in ne rivers of the iberian peninsula. XXVIII Congress of the Spanish Society of Genetics (SEG). Murcia, 2011.

• [Poster] Colonization patterns of the northeastern Spanish watersheds for the invasive mosquitofish (G. holbrooki). Symposium for European Freshwater Science (SEFS). Girona, 2011.

Scientific Societies and Other Roles

Spanish Society for Conservation and Study of Mammals (SECEM)

Spanish Society of Genetics (SEG)

Iberian Society of Ichthyology (SIBIC)

Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE)

2011-2015: PhD’s representative at the University of Girona.

Reviewer for JCR journals: PLoS ONE, Hydrobiologia.

Science Outreach

2015-present: Personal blog

2013-2015: Social media strategy coordinator of the Laboratory of Genetic Ichthyology's profiles in Twitter and Facebook.

2013-2015: Creator and editor at the Laboratory of Genetic Ichthyology's blog

Additional information can be supplied upon request

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