Genomics Division

Genomics Division applies molecular analyses to ecological questions and the study of structure, function and evolution of genes and genomes relevant to aquaculture.


The Genomics Research Division explores genomes and transcriptomes using high throughput DNA sequencing at our advanced DeepSeq facility

Research areas include epigenetics, transcriptomics and proteomics of immunity and growth in aquaculture species. Experimental research is used to study the reproductive and developmental biology of aquatic species. Zebrafish is the major organism model for functional studies. 

Another primary objective is to explore the distribution of genetic variation in natural populations and how it is affected by environmental change. Molecular markers are used to study behaviour, biodiversity, and adaptive variation.


DeepSeq is the high throughput sequencing facility at Nord University.

Selected Research Projects


 EPIFISH is a scientifically innovative and timely project that will address fish domestication and selection from a new perspective using a multidisciplinary approach. The rapid pace of substantial phenotypic changes during adaptation to new environmental conditions in fish undergoing domestication raises the original hypothesis that epigenetic mechanisms are involved in this process. Thus, the overarching aim of EPIFISH is to ascertain the importance of epigenetics in fish domestication using the Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) as model species.

The project has an overall budget of NOK 25 million over five years, of which the European Research Council (ERC) will fund NOK 20 million. 


InnControl - Innate Control of Early Embryonic Development

This cutting-edge project investigates regulatory mechanisms governing the transfer, modifications, and execution of parental developmental instruction at the onset of embryonic development. Zebrafish and medaka are vertebrate animal models. 



The landscape genomics group has its own blog:

 Head of Genomics Division


Academic staff

​Position / area
​Jarle T. Nordeide
​Professor - Behavioural ecology
​Monica F. Brinchmann
Professor - Molecular cell biology, proteomics 
​Truls Moum
​Professor - Molecular ecology
​Jorge M.O. Fernandes
​Professor - Immunology, epigenetics
​Joost Raeymaekers
Professor​ - landscape genomics and evolutionary ecology
​Igor S. Babiak
​Professor - Development and reproduction
​Steinar D. Johansen
​Professor - Genomics, RNA biology

Technical staff

Martina Kopp
Senior engineer
Irina Smolina
Senior engineer
​Joanna Babiak

​Senior engineer
​​Amalia Mailli
​Head engineer
Nora E. Slåttebrekk
​Head engineer

Researchers / postdoctors

​Tor-Erik Jørgensen
Jorge Galingo-Villegas
Prabhugouda Siriyappagouder
​Lars-Martin Jakt
Artem Nedoluzhko
Konstantinos Sagonas
Terhi Hannele Kärpänen
​Robin Mjelle
​Adjunct Professor
Anja Westram​
​Adjunct Professor