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Dr Iliana Bista

Dr Iliana Bista

Visiting PostDoc : Durbin Group

I am working as a Postdoctoral Fellow on the Vertebrates Genomes Project (VGP) at the Sanger Institute, sequencing reference quality genomes across vertebrate species with particular focus on fish. Additionally I am focusing on the study of genome evolution of the Antarctic Notothenioid fish radiation. My post is shared between Sanger Institute and Cambridge University, in affiliation with Prof. Richard Durbin (Genetics Department) and Prof. Eric Miska (Gurdon Institute).

Other past and continuous activities involve exploring biodiversity of freshwater and marine ecosystems using High Throughput Sequencing applications such as metabarcoding of environmental DNA (eDNA) and metagenomics, for environmental monitoring and conservation.

Key Publications

  • 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.