Clara Isabel Wagner

Stipendiat Fakultet for biovitenskap og akvakultur
+47 75 51 79 17
Bodø, Torggården 403

Om meg/bakgrunn

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture, Marine Molecular Ecology research unit


Research interests 

Evolutionary genomics and transcriptomics
Population genomics
Host-parasite coevolution


I obtained my bachelor and master's degree from the University of Münster, Germany, under the supervision of Susann Wicke and Joachim Kurtz. For my undergrad research, I first worked on transgenerational effects of RNAi in genes involved in epigenetic modifications, using an insect model. I then switched to the field of host-parasite coevolution, examining transcriptomic interactions in a fish-parasite system. Parasitic tapeworms possess complex life cycles during which they infect numerous consecutive host species, a lifestyle shared with many human pathogens. Using RNASeq, I examined the response of tapeworms to these challenging shifts in their environment. 

Current research

With my ongoing PhD project under the supervision of Leslie Noble, Galice Hoarau and Catherine Jones (University of Aberdeen, UK), I now focus on evolutionary genomics in sharks, basing on de novo genome assembly approaches. Shark genomes are notoriously understudied, mostly due to their large sizes and complexity. Further genomic research will elucidate the genetic basis of their evolutionary history, of the ecological role they play, and allow the development of tools to monitor population health and persistence in a rapidly changing environment. Furthermore, I am continuing my work on host-parasite interactions, and explore the population genomics of multiple shark species. 


Leslie Robert Noble,
Galice Guillaume Hoarau,
Catherine Jones,


- We currently have open spots for BSc and MSc students interested in writing their thesis in our group -


  • Project member of “Student Active Learning", development and implementation of new teaching methods at the Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture 

  • MSc thesis supervision


  • Lecturing, Basic Mathematics course​

  • Course development and teaching, Evolutionary Genetics course (MSc)

  • Course development and teaching assistant, Genomics and Bioinformatics course

  • Course development, teaching and field assistant, Marine Ecology course

  • Course development and teaching assistant, Cell Biology and Chemistry course

  • Several supervisions of BSc theses 

  • Tutor and student research assistant, Animal Evolutionary Ecology Research Group, University of Münster, Germany


Other responsibilities

  • Co-organizer of the FBA Research Forum​


Nora K. E. Schulz, C. Isabel Wagner, Julia Ebeling, Günter Raddatz, Maike F. Diddens-de Buhr, Frank Lyko & Joachim Kurtz (2018) Dnmt1 has an essential function despite the absence of CpG DNA methylation in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum. Scientific Reports 8:16462