Jenni Harmoinen

PhD Student
Mailing Address: 
Ecology & Genetics Research Unit
P.O. Box 3000
FI-90014 University of Oulu


Street Address: 
Office: B238
Linnanmaa Campus
University of Oulu
Oulu, Finland

Thesis and objectives:
In the frame of my doctoral thesis, I am studying population history and social structure of Finnish wolves, as well as wolf-dog hybridization in Eastern Europe. The project about population history of wolves was done in collaboration with the former member of our group, Dr. Eeva Jansson. We genotyped microsatellites and mtDNA of museum wolves from the last 150 years and analyzed how genetic diversity has changed during that time. In the second project concerning social structure of wolves, I have constructed a pedigree of Finnish wolves using tissue, saliva and hair samples, which have been provided to us by Luke (Natural Resources Institute Finland). Based on the pedigree, I am able to analyze mating decision, mating success and inbreeding of wolves. Moreover, the potential evidence of prenatal selection in MHC locus will be studied, in collaboration with another former member of our group, Dr. Alina Niskanen. The major project in my thesis is hybridization of wolves and dogs. For that I have been working with 170K SNP data of wolves and hybrids from Eastern Europe. Apart from contributing in gaining deeper insight in hybridization, my goal is to design a SNP set which can be used for detecting hybrids in the future.

Research and interests:
I am interested of various things, mostly conservation genomics and ancient DNA, but also evolutionary and medical genomics. I enjoy doing field work, lab work, as well as computer analysis.

Profile and background:
I did my master studies in animal ecology and little by little I shifted to genetics. My master thesis was about pack structure of wolves, which I studied by genotyping microsatellites from scat samples.