Seraina E. Bracamonte

Doctoral Student
Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)
& Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research
Königin-Luise-Str. 6/8
12489 Berlin

Email: sebracamonte @

Curriculum Vitae

Jul 2014 – present
Doctoral student, Leibniz IGB (Molecular Ecology & Genomics Group); Humboldt Universität
Thesis: “Gene expression response of eels to the invasive swim bladder nematode Anguillicola crassus
Supervisors: Michael T. Monaghan and Klaus Knopf.

Apr 2014 – Jun 2014
Research assistant, Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria
Characterization of MHC class IIB for four Australian freshwater fishes from high-throughput amplicon sequencing data
Advisor: Dr. Steve Smith

Oct 2013 – Dec 2013
Research assistant, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany
Fluidigm SNP analysis preparation of cod otolith samples
Advisor: Dr. Jan Dierking

Oct 2009 – Dec 2013
M.Sc. in Biological Oceanography, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany & Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel, Germany.
“Characterization and evolution of MHC II genes in the European eel Anguilla anguilla
Supervisor: Christophe Eizaguirre.

Jan 2012 – Mar 2012
Internship, Molecular Ecology Labortory, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia.
“Characterization of MHC class IIB diversity of an Australian freshwater fish by cloning and Sanger sequencing”
Supervisor: Steve Smith.

Feb 2011 – Apr 2011
Internship, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Ecology, Plön, Germany
Genetic structure of two populations of Schistocephalus solidus using microsatellites
Advisor: Irene Samonte-Padilla

Oct 2010 – Nov 2010
Field assistant
Meteor research cruise M83/1
Sampling of marine microbial communities for molecular analyses

Mar 2010 – May 2010
Student assistant, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel, Germany
Molecular environmental microbiology laboratory
Advisor: Dr. Julie LaRoche

Oct 2006 – Jul 2009
B.Sc. in Biology (Animal and Plant Sciences), University of Basel, Switzerland


Bracamonte SE, PR Johnston, MT Monaghan, K Knopf (in press)
Gene expression response to a nematode parasite in novel and native eel hosts.
Ecology and Evolution

Bracamonte SE, Johnston PR, Knopf K, Monaghan MT (2019)
Experimental infection with Anguillicola crassus alters immune gene expression in both spleen and head kidney of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla).
Marine Genomics 45:28-37.

Hofmann MJ, Bracamonte SE, Eizaguirre C, Barluenga M (2017)
Molecular characterization of MHC class IIB genes of sympatric Neotropical cichlids.
BMC Genetics 18:15.

Baltazar-Soares M, Bracamonte SE, Bayer T, Chain FJJ, Hanel R, Harrod C, Eizaguirre C (2016)
Evaluating the adaptive potential of the European eel: is the immunogenetic status recovering?
PeerJ 4:e1868.

Bracamonte SE, Baltazar-Soares M, Eizaguirre C (2015)
Characterization of MHC class II genes in the critically endangered European eel (Anguilla anguilla).
Conservation Genetics Resources 7:859-870.

Bracamonte SE, Smith S, Hammer M, Pavey SA, Sunnucks P, Beheregaray LB (2015)
Characterization of MHC class IIB for four endangered Australian freshwater fishes obtained from ecologically divergent populations.
Fish and Shellfish Immunology 46:468-476.