Alina Niskanen PhD

Postdoctoral researcher
Mailing Address: 
Ecology and Genetics Research Unit
P.O. Box 3000
FI-90014 University of Oulu
alina.niskanen (at)
Street Address: 
Office: B244
Linnamaa Campus
University of Oulu
Oulu, Finland

Research intrests

My research interests lie in evolutionary and population genomics in general, and especially in conservation genetics and immunogenetics. I defended my PhD work ”Selection and genetic diversity in the major histocompatibility complex genes of wolves and dogs” in November 2014 at the Department of Biology in the University of Oulu. During my PhD, I collaborated with canine genetics research group led by professor Hannes Lohi from the University of Helsinki and canine MHC specialist senior lecturer Lorna Kennedy form the University of Manchester, UK.

In my current post doctoral work, I use genomic methods and phenotypic data to study inbreeding and its consequences in a wild house sparrow metapopulation. I am also interested in evolutionary questions related to dispersal and the genomics of immune resistance. This work is collaboration with a research group led by professor Henrik Jensen in the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics at NTNU, Trondheim, Norway and a passerine MHC research group lead by associate professor Helena Westerdahl in the Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden.


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