Bastiaan Star

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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 None 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1066 Blindern 0316 OSLO
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Research Interests

I am interested in the evolutionary processes that occur in natural populations, and have investigated such processes using both theoretical frameworks or models and empirical approaches. I currently work mainly on Atlantic cod, which supports important fisheries and is being domesticated for aquaculture here in Norway. We recently completed a first version of the Atlantic cod genome (www.codgenome.no), providing a useful tool for applied and fundamental further research, Through advances in sequencing technology, the characterization of genome wide genetic variation in wild and domesticated populations is now feasible and affordable. Investigating these genomic patterns in variation, we want to untangle the relative role of genetics and phenotypic plasticity underlying key phenotypic traits in Atlantic cod, and understand their contribution to local adaption. For example, we will be sequencing 1000 Atlantic cod genomes as part of the Aquagenome project in collaboration with CIGENE, NOFIMA and Aquagen. In addition, I am currently occupied with the analysis of whole genome data from historical Atlantic cod samples aimed to understand whether the phenotypic changes that have occurred over the last decades in specific traits have a heritable basis.

A major finding of the Atlantic cod-sequencing project was that Atlantic cod has lost functionality of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) II, which is an immune pathway that was believed to be conserved among all jawed vertebrates. For now, we do not understand the evolutionary processes that have let to this loss, and we are investigating when this event happened in the evolutionary past through comparative analysis. Interestingly, studies investigating interactions between the vertebrate immune system and microbial communities that live associated with mammals (including humans) indicate that these interactions are co-evolving. Using barcoding and metagenomic approaches to investigate the microbial communities in Atlantic cod, we are asking whether the immune system of Atlantic cod has developed alternative strategies governing its host-microbial interactions.

Additionally, Atlantic cod is a very interesting fish from a historical and industrial perspective! If you want to pick up medieval cod recipes, I recommend this book.

Below appears the work that registered in Cristin (The Norwegian publication tracking system) to which I contributed to. Previous publications can be found on the right.

Tags: Atlantic cod, Evolutionary Ecology, Genomics, Historic DNA, Life-history evolution, Local adaptation, Population genomics, Programming, Thermal physiology, Adaptation, Amplicon high throughput sequencing, Ancient DNA, Bioinformatics, Comparative genomics, DNA, DNA sequence analysis, DNA sequencing, Evolutionary biology, Evolutionary genomics, Fish, Genetics, Genome, High-throughput sequencing, Molecular evolution, Population genetics, 454 sequencing

Publications

  • Tørresen, Ole Kristian; Star, Bastiaan; Jentoft, Sissel; Reinar, William Brynildsen; Grove, Harald; Miller, Jason R.; Walenz, Brian; Knight, James; Ekholm, Jenny M.; Peluso, Paul; Edvardsen, Rolf; Tooming-Klunderud, Ave; Skage, Morten; Lien, Sigbjørn; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Nederbragt, Alexander Johan (2017). An improved genome assembly uncovers prolific tandem repeats in Atlantic cod. BMC Genomics.  ISSN 1471-2164.  18:95, s 1- 23 . doi: 10.1186/s12864-016-3448-x
  • Berg, Paul Ragnar; Star, Bastiaan; Pampoulie, Christophe; Sodeland, Marte; Barth, Julia Maria Isis; Knutsen, Halvor; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Jentoft, Sissel (2016). Three chromosomal rearrangements promote genomic divergence between migratory and stationary ecotypes of Atlantic cod. Scientific Reports.  ISSN 2045-2322.  6, s 1- 12 . doi: 10.1038/srep23246 Full text in Research Archive
  • Boessenkool, Sanne; Hanghøj, Kristian; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Der Sarkissian, Clio; Gondek, Agata Teresa; Orlando, Ludovic; Barrett, James H & Star, Bastiaan (2016). Combining bleach and mild pre-digestion improves ancient DNA recovery from bones. Molecular Ecology Resources.  ISSN 1755-098X.  s 1- 10 . doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12623
  • Malmstrøm, Martin; Matschiner, Michael; Tørresen, Ole Kristian; Star, Bastiaan; Snipen, Lars-Gustav; Hansen, Thomas F; Baalsrud, Helle Tessand; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan; Hanel, Reinhold; Salzburger, Walter; Stenseth, Nils Christian; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Jentoft, Sissel (2016). Evolution of the immune system influences speciation rates in teleost fishes. Nature Genetics.  ISSN 1061-4036.  48(10), s 1204- 1210 . doi: 10.1038/ng.3645
  • Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Smith, Oliver; Wales, Nathan; Star, Bastiaan & Boessenkool, Sanne (2016). The efficacy of high-throughput sequencing and target enrichment on charred archaeobotanical remains. Scientific Reports.  ISSN 2045-2322.  6(37347), s 1- 11 . doi: 10.1038/srep37347 Full text in Research Archive
  • Star, Bastiaan; Hansen, Marianne Helén Selander; Skage, Morten; Bradbury, Ian R.; Godiksen, Jane Amtoft; Kjesbu, Olav Sigurd & Jentoft, Sissel (2016). Preferential amplification of repetitive DNA during whole genome sequencing library creation from historic samples. Science and Technology of Archaeological Research.  ISSN 2054-8923.  2(1), s 36- 45 . doi: 10.1080/20548923.2016.1160594 Full text in Research Archive
  • Star, Bastiaan; Tørresen, Ole Kristian; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd; Pampoulie, Christophe & Jentoft, Sissel (2016). Genomic characterization of the Atlantic cod sex-locus. Scientific Reports.  ISSN 2045-2322.  6, s 1- 9 . doi: 10.1038/srep31235
  • Tørresen, Ole Kristian; Rise, Matthew L.; Jin, Xingkun; Star, Bastiaan; MacKenzie, Simon; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan & Jentoft, Sissel (2016). An improved version of the Atlantic cod genome and advancements in functional genomics: implications for the future of cod farming, In Simon MacKenzie & Sissel Jentoft (ed.),  Genomics in Aquaculture.  Elsevier.  ISBN 9780128014189.  3.  s 45 - 72
  • Tørresen, Ole Kristian; Star, Bastiaan; Jentoft, Sissel; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Nederbragt, Alexander Johan (2016). The new era of genome sequencing using high-throughput sequencing technology: Generation of the first version of the Atlantic cod genome, In Simon MacKenzie & Sissel Jentoft (ed.),  Genomics in Aquaculture.  Elsevier.  ISBN 9780128014189.  1.  s 1 - 20
  • Berg, Paul Ragnar; Jentoft, Sissel; Star, Bastiaan; Ring, Kristoffer Hofaker; Knutsen, Halvor; Lien, Sigbjørn; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Andre, Carl (2015). Adaptation to low salinity promotes genomic divergence in Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua L.). Genome Biology and Evolution.  ISSN 1759-6653.  7(6), s 1644- 1663 . doi: 10.1093/gbe/evv093 Full text in Research Archive
  • Pampoulie, Christophe; Skírnisdóttir, Sigurlaug; Star, Bastiaan; Jentoft, Sissel; Jonsdottir, Ingibjörg G.; Hjorleifsson, Einar; Thorsteinsson, Vilhjalmur; Palsson, Olafur K.; Berg, Paul Ragnar; Andersen, Øivind; Magnusdottir, Steinunn; Helyar, Sarah J. & Daníelsdóttir, Anna Kristin (2015). Rhodopsin Gene Polymorphism Associated with Divergent Light Environments in Atlantic Cod. Behavior Genetics.  ISSN 0001-8244.  45(2), s 236- 244 . doi: 10.​1007/​s10519-014-9701-7
  • Star, Bastiaan; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan; Hansen, Marianne Helén Selander; Skage, Morten; Gilfillan, Gregor Duncan; Bradbury, Ian R.; Pampoulie, Christophe; Stenseth, Nils Christian; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Jentoft, Sissel (2014). Palindromic sequence artifacts generated during next generation sequencing library preparation from historic and ancient DNA. PLoS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  9(3) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0089676
  • Star, Bastiaan; Haverkamp, Thomas Hendricus Augustus; Jentoft, Sissel & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2013). Next generation sequencing shows high variation of the intestinal microbial species composition in Atlantic cod caught at a single location . BMC Microbiology.  ISSN 1471-2180.  13:248 . doi: 10.1186/1471-2180-13-248
  • Star, Bastiaan & Spencer, Hamish G. (2013). Effects of Genetic Drift and Gene Flow on the Selective Maintenance of Genetic Variation. Genetics.  ISSN 0016-6731.  194(1), s 235- 244 . doi: 10.1534/genetics.113.149781
  • Easterday, William Ryan; Kausrud, Kyrre Linné; Star, Bastiaan; Heier, Lise; Haley, B. J.; Ageyev, Vladimir; Colwell, Rita & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2012). An additional step in the transmission of Yersinia pestis?. The ISME Journal.  ISSN 1751-7362.  6(2), s 231- 236 . doi: 10.1038/ismej.2011.105
  • Star, Bastiaan & Jentoft, Sissel (2012). Why does the immune system of Atlantic cod lack MHC II?. Bioessays.  ISSN 0265-9247.  34(8), s 648- 651 . doi: 10.1002/bies.201200005
  • Star, Bastiaan; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan; Jentoft, Sissel; Grimholt, Unni; Malmstrøm, Martin; Gregers, Tone Fredsvik; Rounge, Trine Ballestad; Paulsen, Jonas; Solbakken, Monica Hongrø; Sharma, Animesh; Wetten, Ola Frang; Lanzén, Anders; Winer, Roger; Knight, James; Vogel, Jan-Hinnerk; Aken, Bronwen; Andersen, Øivind; Lagesen, Karin; Tooming-Klunderud, Ave; Edvardsen, Rolf; Kirubakaran, G. Tina; Espelund, Mari; Nepal, Chirag; Previti, A. Christopher; Karlsen, Bård Ove; Moum, Truls; Skage, Morten; Berg, Paul Ragnar; Gjøen, Tor; Kuhl, Heiner; Thorsen, Jim; Malde, Ketil; Reinhardt, Richard; Du, Lei; Johansen, Steinar Daae; Searle, Steve; Lien, Sigbjørn; Nilsen, Frank; Jonassen, Inge; Omholt, Stig W; Stenseth, Nils Christian & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2011). The genome sequence of Atlantic cod reveals a unique immune system. Nature.  ISSN 0028-0836.  477(7363), s 207- 210 . doi: 10.1038/nature10342 Full text in Research Archive
  • Boessenkool, Sanne; Star, Bastiaan; Scofield, R Paul; Seddon, Philip J & Waters, Jonathan M (2010). Lost in translation or deliberate falsification? Genetic analyses reveal erroneous museum data for historic penguin specimens. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences.  ISSN 0962-8452. . doi: 10.1098/rspb.2009.1837
  • Boessenkool, Sanne; Star, Bastiaan; Seddon, Philip J & Waters, Jonathan M (2010). Temporal genetic samples indicate small effective population size of the endangered yellow-eyed penguin. Conservation Genetics.  ISSN 1566-0621.  11(2), s 539- 546 . doi: 10.1007/s10592-009-9988-8
  • Boessenkool, Sanne; Star, Bastiaan; Waters, Jonathan M & Seddon, Philip J (2009). Multilocus assignment analyses reveal multiple units and rare migration events in the recently expanded yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes). Molecular Ecology.  ISSN 0962-1083.  18(11), s 2390- 2400 . doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2009.04203.x

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  • Matschiner, Michael; Star, Bastiaan; Barth, Julia Maria Isis; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Jentoft, Sissel (2017). Genomic rearrangements a phylogenetic approach.
  • Barth, Julia Maria Isis; Star, Bastiaan; Matschiner, Michael; Berg, Paul Ragnar; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Jentoft, Sissel (2016). Ancient genomic variation separates Atlantic cod ecotypes; implications for management.
  • Boessenkool, Sanne; Hanghøj, Kristian; Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Der Sarkissian, Clio; Gondek, Agata Teresa; Orlando, Ludovic; Barrett, James H & Star, Bastiaan (2016). Combining bleach and mild pre-digestion improves ancient DNA recovery from bones.
  • Nistelberger, Heidi Maria; Smith, Oliver; Wales, Nathan; Star, Bastiaan & Boessenkool, Sanne (2016). High Throughput Sequencing of charred archaeobotanicals - a cautionary tale.
  • Star, Bastiaan; Boessenkool, Sanne; Gondek, Agata Teresa; Nikulina, Elena A & Barrett, James H (2016). Viking Age trade of Atlantic cod.
  • Boessenkool, Sanne; Star, Bastiaan; Trucchi, Emiliano; Merilä, Juha & Vøllestad, Leif Asbjørn (2015). Whole genome analyses of threespine stickleback populations from the Mediterranean to Northern Europe.
  • Riiser, Even Sannes; Star, Bastiaan & Jentoft, Sissel (2015). The Atlantic cod Microbiome Project.
  • Star, Bastiaan; Jentoft, Sissel; Matschiner, Michael; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan; Kjesbu, Olav Sigurd; Berg, Paul Ragnar; Bradbury, Ian R.; Pampoulie, Christophe; Hansen, Marianne Helén Selander; Skage, Morten; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Stenseth, Nils Christian (2015). Does historic DNA provide genomic evidence for recent selection in Atlantic cod?.
  • Barth, Julia Maria Isis; Berg, Paul Ragnar; Star, Bastiaan; Bonanomi, Sara; Hemmer-Hansen, Jakob; Knutsen, Halvor; André, Carl & Jentoft, Sissel (2014). A genomic perspective on cod connectivity in the Skagerrak/Kattegat.
  • Berg, Paul Ragnar; Jentoft, Sissel; Star, Bastiaan; Ring, Kristoffer Hofaker; Knutsen, Halvor; Lien, Sigbjørn; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & André, Carl (2014). Adaptation to low salinity promotes genomic divergence in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.).
  • Matschiner, Michael; Star, Bastiaan; Berg, Paul Ragnar; Tørresen, Ole Kristian; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan; Hansen, Marianne Helén Selander; Skage, Morten; Kjesbu, Olav Sigurd; Stenseth, Nils Christian; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Jentoft, Sissel (2014). Population differentiation and local adaptation in Atlantic cod.
  • Tørresen, Ole Kristian; Jentoft, Sissel; Star, Bastiaan; Sandve, Geir Kjetil F.; Skage, Morten; Hansen, Marianne Helén Selander; Tooming-Klunderud, Ave; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Nederbragt, Alexander Johan (2014). A new, high quality reference genome assembly for Atlantic cod.
  • Tørresen, Ole Kristian; Walenz, Brian; Grove, Harald; Lien, Sigbjørn; Knight, James; Star, Bastiaan; Lagesen, Karin; Sandve, Geir Kjetil F.; Skage, Morten; Hansen, Marianne Helén Selander; Klunderud, Ave Tooming; Miller, Jason Rafe; Jentoft, Sissel; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Nederbragt, Alexander Johan (2014). A new, high quality reference genome assembly for Atlantic cod.
  • Star, Bastiaan (2013). Historic whole genome analyses of Atlantic cod.
  • Nederbragt, Alexander Johan; Tørresen, Ole Kristian; Khelik, Ksenia; Lagesen, Karin; Rounge, Trine Ballestad; Star, Bastiaan; Tina, Kirubakaran G.; Berg, Paul Ragnar; Rognes, Torbjørn; Jentoft, Sissel; Winer, Roger; Dewar, Ken & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2012). Challenges and Opportunities for Improving the Atlantic Cod Genome Assembly and Annotation.
  • Star, Bastiaan; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan; Jentoft, Sissel; Grimholt, Unni; Malmstrøm, Martin; Gregers, Tone Fredsvik; Rounge, Trine Ballestad; Solbakken, Monica Hongrø; Paulsen, Jonas; Lagesen, Karin; Tooming-Klunderud, Ave; Tina, Kirubakaran G.; Espelund, Mari; Skage, Morten; Berg, Paul Ragnar; Omholt, Stig W; Stenseth, Nils Christian & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2011). The genome of Atlantic cod reveals a unique immune system.
  • Star, Bastiaan (2011). The genome sequence of Atlantic cod reveals a unique immune system.
  • Boessenkool, Sanne; Star, Bastiaan; Scofield, R. Paul; Philip, Seddon & Waters, Jonathan M (2010). Lost in translation or deliberate falsification? Genetic analyses reveal erroneous museum data for historic penguin specimens.
  • Kausrud, Kyrre Linné; Боровая, Наталья; Easterday, William Ryan; Star, Bastiaan & Ageyev, Vladimir (2010, 01. august). Умы против чумы.  Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  • Star, Bastiaan (2010). Fishing for sequence - The Atlantic Cod Genome Project.
  • Grimholt, Unni; Malmstrøm, Martin; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan; Rounge, Trine Ballestad; Jentoft, Sissel; Tooming-Klunderud, Ave; Star, Bastiaan; Skage, Morten; Gaup, Hege Junita & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2009). The lack of cod MHC class II.
  • Grimholt, Unni; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan; Rounge, Trine Ballestad; Malmstrøm, Martin; Star, Bastiaan; Tooming-Klunderud, Ave; Skage, Morten; Jentoft, Sissel; Gaup, Hege Junita; Bakke, Hege; Solbakken, Monica Hongrø & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2009). The cod genome project.
  • Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd; Rounge, Trine Ballestad; Nederbragt, Alexander Johan & Star, Bastiaan (2009). Sequencing of the cod genome: progress and perspectives.
  • Star, Bastiaan (2009). Annotation using the ENSEMBL pipeline.
  • Star, Bastiaan (2009). The Atlantic Cod Genome Project.

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