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Curriculum vitae

My current research addresses the role and mechanisms of gene regulatory changes in the evolution of adaptive life-history traits in Atlantic salmon. Previously I have worked on conifer trees, yeasts and stickleback fish to elucidate the genetic architecture and molecular mechanisms of adaptive evolution. Understanding the molecular basis of evolution in adaptive traits is a central goal in biology with both fundamental and applied importance. My long-term goal is that by dissecting evolutionary processes into their molecular and functional underpinnings we can gain insight into the mechanisms of adaptation that will help us to make informed decisions on conservation and natural resource use.


2018-present, Post-doctoral researcher, Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, University of Helsinki, Finland

2014-2017 Post-doctoral fellow, Friedrich Miescher Laboratory of the Max Planck Society, Tuebingen, Germany

2008-2014 PhD, Forest Genomics, Université Laval, Québec, Canada

2003-2008 MSc, Forest Ecology, University of Helsinki, Finland

Education/Academic qualification

Forest genomics, PhD, Université Laval

Forest sciences, MSc, University of Helsinki

Fields of Science

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics
  • Adaptation
  • Speciation
  • 1184 Genetics, developmental biology, physiology
  • eQTL
  • Transcriptomics
  • Epigenetics

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2012 2019

Predominance of cis-regulatory changes in parallel expression divergence of sticklebacks

Verta, J-P. & Jones, F., 15 May 2019, In : eLife. 8, e43785, 30 p., 43785.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Utilization of tissue ploidy level variation in de novo transcriptome assembly of Pinus sylvestris

Ojeda, D., Mattila, T., Ruttlink, T., Kujala, S., Kärkkäinen, K., Verta, J-P. & Pyhäjärvi, T., 13 Dec 2018, (Submitted) In : bioRxiv : the preprint server for biology . 495689

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific


Conifer genomics and adaptation: at the crossroads of genetic diversity and genome function

Prunier, J., Verta, J-P. & MacKay, J. J., Jan 2016, In : New Phytologist. 209, 1, p. 44-62 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

Speciation driven by hybridization and chromosomal plasticity in a wild yeast

Leducq, J-B., Nielly-Thibault, L., Charron, G., Eberlein, C., Verta, J-P., Samani, P., Sylvester, K., Hittinger, C. T., Bell, G. & Landry, C. R., 1 Jan 2016, In : Nature Microbiology. 1, 1, p. 15003 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review