Employee info

Jaelle Caitlin Brealey
Position:    Researcher

  Telephone: +47 458 48 648
  E-mail: jaelle.brealey@nina.no
 Department:  NINA terrestrisk naturmangfold

Knowledge areas
I am a microbiologist and bioinformatician by training. I use molecular methods (particuarly DNA-based) to study interactions between animals, microbes and their environment (diet, habitat, etc). I am particularly interested in:
  • Microbial ecology
  • Host-associated microbial communities (microbiomes)
  • Interactions between hosts, their microbiomes and their environment
  • Infectious diseases
  • Environmental antibiotic resistance
  • Ancient DNA
  • Holobiont (host-microbiome) evolution
I mostly use -omics methods, such as:
  • Shotgun metagenomics
  • Metabarcoding (microbes, animals, plants)
  • Population genomics (animals)
  • Comparative genomics (bacteria)
  • Transcriptomics
  • Multi-omics integration
  • Hologenomics
I work with many systems, but my main focus has been:
  • Reindeer and other ungulates
  • Scandinavian brown bear
  • farmed Atlantic salmon

Key qualifications
  • Animal microbiomes
  • Microbial ecology
  • Metagenomics
  • DNA-based monitoring
  • Metabarcoding
  • Population genomics
  • Infectious disease
  • Comparative genomics
  • Immunology
  • Transcriptomics
  • Multi-omics integration
  • Ancient DNA


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