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Department of Genetics



Genome sequencing, comparative genomics, transposable elements, biodiversity, environmental sequencing (eDNA metabarcoding and metagenomics)


Key publications: 
  • Bista I.*, McCarthy S.A., Wood J. et al. The genome sequence of the channel bull blenny, Cottoperca gobio (Günther, 1861). Wellcome Open Res 2020, 5:148. 

  • Rhie, A., McCarthy, S. A., Fedrigo, O., Damas, J., Formenti, G., Koren, S., Uliano-Silva, M., Chow, W., Fungtammasan, A., Gedman, G. L., Cantin, L. J., Thibaud-Nissen, F., Haggerty, L., Lee, C., Ko, B. J., Kim, J., Bista, I., … Jarvis, E. D. (2020). Towards complete and error-free genome assemblies of all vertebrate species. bioRxiv (p. 2020.05.22.110833) (in review – Nature). 

  • Formenti G., Rhie A., Balacco J., Haase B..., Jarvis E.D., The Vertebrate Genomes Project Consortium. Complete vertebrate mitogenomes reveal widespread gene duplications and repeats. bioRxiv (2020.06.30.177956) (in review – Genome Biology). 

  • Seymour M., Edwards F., Cosby B., Scarlet P., Bista I., Brailsford F., Glanville H., deBruyn M., Carvalho G., Creer S. Exploration of regional nestedness and turnover dynamics in riverine habitats using eDNA and traditional approaches, across seasons and land use (in review). 

  • Bista, I.*, Carvalho, G. R., Tang, M., Walsh, K., Zhou, X., Hajibabaei, M., ... Creer, S. (2018). Performance of amplicon and shotgun sequencing for accurate biomass estimation in invertebrate community samples. Molecular Ecology Resources, (March), 115. 

  • Deiner, K., Bik, H. M., Mächler, E., Seymour, M., Lacoursière-Roussel, A., Altermatt, F., Creer, S., Bista, I., Lodge, D.M., de Vere, Natasha... Bernatchez, L. (2017). Environmental DNA metabarcoding: Transforming how we survey animal and plant communities. Molecular Ecology, 26 (21), 58725895.

  • Bista I.*, Carvalho GR, Walsh K, Seymour M, Hajibabaei M, Lallias D, Christmas M, Creer S. Annual time-series analysis of aqueous eDNA reveals ecologically relevant dynamics of lake ecosystem biodiversity. Nature Communications, 8, 14087.

  • Gray C, Bista I, Creer S, Demars BOL, Falciani F, Monteith DT, Sun X, and Woodward G, “Freshwater conservation and biomonitoring of structure and function: Genes to ecosystems” (2015). in “Aquatic functional biodiversity: an ecological and evolutionary perspective” Editors: A. Belgrano, G. Woodward, U. Jacob, Academic Press. Doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-417015-5.00010-4.
  • Garcia - Vazquez E, Horreo JL, Campo D, Machado-Schiaffino G, Bista I, Triantafyllidis A, Juanes F. Mislabeling of two commercial North American hake species suggests underreported exploitation of Offshore Hake (2009), Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 138: 790-796.

  • Triantafyllidis A, Leonardos I, Bista I, Kyriazis ID, Stoumboudi MTh, Kappas I, Amat F, Abatzopoulos TJ, Phylogeography and genetic structure of the Mediterranean killifish Aphanius fasciatus (Cyprinodontidae) (2007), Marine Biology, 152:1159-1167. 

*=corresponding author

Postdoctoral Research Associate : Durbin Group, Miska Group
Dr Iliana  Bista