University of Oulu (UOULU Oulu, Finland)
Organisation and Competences: The University of Oulu has about 12 000 students in its six different faculties, among which natural sciences, medicine, and technology are the largest ones. The University has a aresearch university, as the most importanat Institute of higher education in the northernmost half of Finland, and an important role in providing expertise and contributing to the development of especially northern Finland.
The Biology department is the largest one in the University. One of its research areas is population genetics, which also coordinates the national Population Genetics Graduate School. The independent research groups in this area deal with evolutionary and population genomics, in areas related to study of genetics of adaptation, evolution of the genomes, conservation genomics.
Role: UOULU participates in work packages WP1, WP3 and WP5, and is one of the responsibles for task 1.2 in WP1.
Staff members' profile:
Prof. Outi Savolainen- leads a research group that works on the genetics of adaptation in conifers and in the short lived perennial Arabidopsis lyrata. The work involves approaches of quantitative genetics such as association genetics, especially in natural popualtions and in the wild, population genetics analyses of sequence variation to examine demographic history or the traces of selection, and study of gene expression. Recently, genomewide approaches have been adopted in Arabidopsis lyrata and more extensive collections of SNPs are being developed and analysed in pines. The group has extensive experience in this area.
Dr. Helmi Kuittinen- is a senior university lecturer in plant genetics, with experience in study of plant adpatation, sequence analysis, QTL mapping.
Dr. Tanja Pyhäjärvi- obtained her Ph.D. on examining demographic history of Scots pine but has since then studied the evolutionary history of the large maize genome, using genomewide methods and coalescent based analyses during a post doc at the University of California at Davis.