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Julen Urra

Julen Urra is research technician at  Conservation of Natural Resources Department (Soil Microbial Ecology Group), NEIKER-Tecnalia, in which he is also doing his PhD thesis on the impact of organic amendments on agricultural soil health, under the supervision of Dr. Iker Mijangos and Dr. Carlos Garbisu.

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Leire Jauregi

Leire Jauregi is currently doing her PhD thesis in the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (Soil Microbial Ecology Group), NEIKER-Tecnalia, on the utilization of molecular techniques for the assessment of biodiversity and functionality of agricultural soils , under the supervision of Dr. Lur Epelde and Dr. Carlos Garbisu.


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Former members

Oihane Salazar: Oihane is going to make a stay in Paula Castro’s laboratory in Porto for the next 6 months. Enjoy!


Anders Lanzen: Our favourite bioinformatician is currently working in our sister institute AZTI thanks to an Ikerbasque fellowship. He has jumped from the land to the sea!



Iker Mijangos: Iker is currently working as a firefighter. Nonetheless, he keeps on collaborating with us; in this respect, at the moment, he is co-directing Julen Urra´s PhD thesis and also leading the SALUGANDA project. Besides, as expected, he keeps on applying sustainable agricultural practices in his own farm!!


Aritz Burges: Dr. Burges finished his PhD thesis entitled “Microbial indicators for the assessment of the impact of metal contamination and phytoremediation on soil health”. He is currently doing a post-doc in Bordeaux under Dr. Michel Mench´s supervision.


Enaitz Muguerza: Enaitz is currently teaching in a school. We miss her a lot!!


Maite Gómez-Sagasti: Maite is currently doing a post-doc in the group of Prof. Txema Becerril from the University of the Basque Country. Luckily, thanks to our on-going collaboration with such group, we keep on seeing and working with Maite regularly.


Oihane Muñiz: Oihane is doing her PhD thesis at AZTI, following her dream to do research on marine biology.

Borja Muñoz-Leoz: Borja is living in Tarragona (Spain) where he teaches in a school. He recently got married. We miss him a lot!!

Javier Hernández-Allica: Javi is currently working at Rothamsted Research Institute (UK) with Prof. Steve McGrath. From time to time, he visits the Basque Country and we have beers together. Best luck Javi!!