Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
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Senior Research Assistant
  • Bioinformatics pipeline automation
  • Bioinformatics support
  • Taxonomic and genomic sequence database maintenance
  • Programming languages: Java, C/C++, R, Python. Databases SQL and NoSQL
  • Linux and HPC administration

Alejandro Abdala Asbun

Senior Research Assistant

Bioinformatics support

Experienced Research Assistant with a demonstrated history of working in both the industry and the academy. Skilled in Computer Science, and multiple programming languages. Currently evolving in the world of bioinformatics, pipeline implementation, and automation for different OMIC analyses. Wide experience in software development, databases, database modeling, and data science.

To find out more, you can see some of my projects on my personal page at GitHub.   

Linked news

Monday 19 December 2022
Linking fossil climate proxies to living bacteria helps climate predictions
Microbes have skins that react to the environment, much in the same way that our skin sweats when it is hot , or shivers when it is cold outside. Fossilized microbial skins can give us a glimpse of how the climate was in the deep geological past. By…
Friday 05 August 2022
Microbes don’t descend down with plastic particles into the deep sea
A bit of good news from the deep sea. Research has shown that microbes on floating plastic particles can be transported over long horizontal distances. New research carried out by Annika Vaksmaa (Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research NIOZ) and…

NIOZ publications

  • 2023
    Hakimzadeh, A.; Abdala Asbun, A.; Albanese, D.; Bernard, M.; Buchner, D.; Callahan, B.; Caporaso, J. G.; Curd, E.; Djemiel, C.; Brandström Durling, M.; Elbrecht, V.; Gold, Z.; Gweon, H. S.; Hajibabaei, M.; Hildebrand, F.; Mikryukov, V.; Normandeau, E.; Özkurt, E.; M. Palmer, J.; Pascal, G.; Porter, T. M.; Straub, D.; Vasar, M.; Větrovský, T.; Zafeiropoulos, H.; Anslan, S. (2023). A pile of pipelines: An overview of the bioinformatics software for metabarcoding data analyses. Mol. Ecol. Resour. Early View.
    Mincer, T.J. ; Bos, R.P.; Zettler, E.R.; Zhao, S.; Abdala Asbun, A.; Orsi, W.D.; Guzzetta, V.S.; Amaral-Zettler, L. (2023). Sargasso Sea Vibrio bacteria: Underexplored potential pathovars in a perturbed habitat. Wat. Res. 242: 120033.
  • 2022
    Sahonero Canavesi, D.X.; Siliakus, M.F.; Abdala Asbun, A.; Koenen, M.; von Meijenfeldt, F. A.B.; Boeren, S.; Bale, N.J.; Engelmann, J.C.; Fiege, K.; Strack van Schijndel, L.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S.; Villanueva, L. (2022). Disentangling the lipid divide: Identification of key enzymes for the biosynthesis of membrane-spanning and ether lipids in bacteria. Science Advances 8(50).
    Vaksmaa, A.; Egger, M.; Lüke, C.; Martins, P.D.; Rosselli, R.; Abdala Asbun, A.; Niemann, H. (2022). Microbial communities on plastic particles in surface waters differ from subsurface waters of the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 182: 113949.
  • 2021
    Amaral-Zettler, L.A.; Ballerini, T.; Zettler, E.R.; Abdala Asbun, A.; Adame, A.; Casotti, R.; Dumontet, B.; Donnarumma, V.; Engelmann, J.C.; Frère, L.; Mansui, J.; Philippon, M.; Pietrelli, L.; Sighicelli, M. (2021). Diversity and predicted inter- and intra-domain interactions in the Mediterranean Plastisphere. Environ. Pollut. 286: 117439.
    Vaksmaa, A.; Knittel, K.; Abdala Asbun, A.; Goudriaan, M.; Ellrott, A.; Witte, H.J.; Vollmer, I.; Meirer, F.; Lott, C.; Weber, M.; Engelmann, J.C.; Niemann, H. (2021). Microbial communities on plastic polymers in the Mediterranean Sea. Front. Microbiol. 12: 673553.
  • 2020
    Abdala Asbun, A.; Besseling, M.A.; Balzano, S.; van Bleijswijk, J.D.L.; Witte, H.J.; Villanueva, L.; Engelmann, J.C. (2020). Cascabel: A scalable and versatile amplicon sequence data analysis pipeline delivering reproducible and documented results. Frontiers in Genetics 11: 489357.
    van Grinsven, S.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S; Abdala Asbun, A.; Engelmann, J.C.; Harrison, J.; Villanueva, L. (2020). Methane oxidation in anoxic lake water stimulated by nitrate and sulfate addition. Environ. Microbiol. 22(2): 766-782.