Julia M.I. Barth

Postdoctoral Fellow
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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 0316 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1066 Blindern 0316 Oslo

Academic Interests

I started in January 2014 as a postdoc with Sissel Jentoft and Kjetill Jakobsen on the Interreg project CodS, which aims at the management and restoration of local cod populations along the eastern Skagerrak and Kattegat area and adjacent fjords. Within this project, I will genetically characterize abundant and declining local cod stocks, employing a recently developed single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) chip containing more than 10’000 markers. In collaboration with groups from Denmark and Sweden, we will compare our data with the genetic data of historic cod samples in order to identify a suitable donor population for restoration.

My previous scientific research comprises a wide array of interests: I did my MSc in Germany, studying neuronal gene regulation and expression of prion proteins in zebrafish; my PhD in Switzerland, investigating autophagy in Drosophila; and my first postdoc in New Zealand, employing Population Genetics and Phylogenetics on two endangered bird species. You can find more about my research and interests here: zebrafin.ch.

Tags: Atlantic cod, Population genomics, Conservation genetics


Berg PR, Star B, Pampoulie C, Sodeland M, Barth JMI, Knutsen H, Jakobsen KS, Jentoft S. (2016) Three chromosomal rearrangements promote genomic divergence between migratory and stationary ecotypes of Atlantic cod. Scientific Reports, in press.


Matschiner M, Musilová Z, Barth JMI, Starostová Z, Salzburger W, Steel M, Bouckaert R. (2016) Bayesian Node Dating based on Probabilities of Fossil Sampling Supports Trans-Atlantic Dispersal of Cichlid Fishes. doi:


Barth JMI, Köhler K. (2014) How to Take Autophagy and Endocytosis up a Notch. doi: 10.1155/2014/960803


Barth JMI, Matschiner M, Robertson BC. (2013) Phylogenetic position and subspecies divergence of the endangered New Zealand Dotterel (Charadrius obscurus). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0078068


Barth JMI, Hafen E, Köhler K. (2012). The lack of autophagy triggers precocious activation of Notch signaling during Drosophila oogenesis. doi: 10.1186/1471-213X-12-35


Barth JMI, Szabad J, Hafen E, Köhler K. (2010). Autophagy in Drosophila ovaries is induced by starvation and is required for oogenesis. doi: 10.1038/cdd.2010.157


Köhler K, Brunner E, Guan XL, Boucke K, Greber UF, Mohanty S, Barth JMI, Wenk MR, Hafen E. (2009). A combined proteomic and genetic analysis identifies a role for the lipid desaturase Desat1 in starvation-induced autophagy in Drosophila. Autophagy. doi: 10.4161/auto.5.7.9325

Published Mar. 12, 2014 3:33 PM - Last modified Mar. 5, 2016 2:10 PM