Isabel Rey Fraile, Madrid (Spain) is biologist specializing in zoology. Working at the National Museum of Natural Sciences since 1988, she was alternating positions as Assistant Collection Manager (Mammals and molluscs) and as researcher of several projects of evolution, phylogeny and conservation genetics DNA-based; Expert both preservation of collections of natural history and molecular techniques had a major participation in the creation of the new collection of tissue and DNA both on organization of facilities as writing of standards protocols for the management and maintenance. Since 2002 is the Curator of the Collection of Tissue and DNA and head of Molecular Identification Lab of this collection.
Her research is focused on preservation of DNA and on methodology to obtain ancient DNA from classical specimens of Museum collections, small invertebrates and non invasive samples of living animals for studies of phylogeny, evolution, population genetics and genetic identification.
Currently she has more than 90 research papers, participation in 22 training courses of molecular techniques and 22 research projects (national and international); In collaboration with SYNTHESYS Project (Networking Activities E) prepared a common report of European Disaster Planning for “New Collections”.