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Personlig profil

Information om forskning och undervisning

Background

My background is in statistics and bioinformatics. I joined the MRG group in 2009. Before that I have been working in various research projects starting from medical and pharmaceutical research in the University of Turku, and continuing to genomics research in the Agrifood Research Finland MTT. I have defended my PhD thesis in the University of Turku. My PhD thesis dealt with biological sequence analysis, more specially, conservation of protein sequence alignments and alignment quality.

Research

I have broad interests in bioinformatics and statistical genomics. Currently, I am interested in the use of next generation sequencing to study natural populations, especially in studying natural selection and adaptive evolution of Glanville fritillary butterfly.

In the MRG group, I participate in the large genome project of the Glanville fritillary butterfly. The aim of this project is to sequence, assemble and annotate the whole genome of the Glanville fritillary, and to make a genetic map. Genomic sequence will be used, for instance, for studying influence of genomic variation to various life-history traits. The other projects include studying differences in variation among different Glanville fritillary populations using next generation transcriptome sequencing. These projects aim at identifying genomic regions responsible to selection in the Glanville fritillary butterfly.

Vetenskapsgrenar

  • 1181 Ekologi, evolutionsbiologi
  • 1184 Genetik, utvecklingsbiologi, fysiologi
  • 112 Statistik

Internationellt och inhemskt samarbete Publikationer och projekt inom de senaste fem åren.

Publikationer 1996 2018

  • 31 Artikel
  • 2 Konferensbidrag
  • 1 Översiktsartikel
  • 1 Doktorsavhandling

Butterfly genomics: insights from the genome of Melitaea cinxia

Ahola, V., Wahlberg, N. & Frilander, M. J., apr 2017, I : Annales Zoologici Fennici. 54, 1-4, s. 275-291 17 s.

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Ecological and genetic basis of metapopulation persistence of the Glanville fritillary butterfly in fragmented landscapes

Hanski, I., Schulz, T., Wong, S. C., Ahola, V., Ruokolainen, A. & Ojanen, S. P., 17 feb 2017, I : Nature Communications. 8, 11 s., 14504.

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Karyotypes versus genomes: the nymphalid butterflies Melitaea cinxia, Danaus plexippus and D. chrysippus

Traut, W., Ahola, V. M., Smith, D., Gordon, I. & ffrench-Constant, R., 2 nov 2017, I : Cytogenetic and Genome Research. 153, 1, s. 46-53

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RNA sequencing reveals differential thermal regulation mechanisms between sexes of Glanville fritillary butterfly in the Tianshan Mountains, China

Lei, Y., Wang, Y., Ahola, V., Luo, S., Xu, C. & Wang, R., dec 2016, I : Molecular Biology Reports. 43, 12, s. 1423-1433 11 s.

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Projekter 2009 2013

Aktiviteter 2008 2017

16th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology

Virpi Ahola (!!Speaker)
20 aug 201725 aug 2017

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MRC Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) Meeting

Virpi Ahola (Närvarande)
14 aug 201716 aug 2017

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OIKOS Finland pre-conference symposium in memory of Academician of Science, Professor Ilkka Hanski

Virpi Ahola (Närvarande)
30 jan 2017

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Butterflies as Genomic Models in Ecology and Evolution

Virpi Ahola (!!Speaker)
27 jul 201728 jul 2017

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MRC Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) Meeting

Virpi Ahola (Talare: Presentation)
22 aug 201624 aug 2016

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