Russell Orr

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Academic interests

I am an early career scientist interested in the evolution of deep eukaryote lineages and have therefore developed extensive skills in culturing, sequencing, phylogenetics and bioinformatics. 

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Education

  • 2013    PhD: Microbial Evolution. Disputation date: 08.03.2013. Department of Biology, UoO, Norway (Supervisor: Prof. Kjetill S Jakobsen)
  • 2007    MSc: Evolution and Biodiversity. Department of Biology, UoO, Norway

Current and previous positions

  • 2014-2017 Postdoc (12 publications), Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway
  • 2016 (6months) Senior lecturer, Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway
  • 2013-2014 Researcher, Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway
  • 2008-2013 PhD (11 publications), Department of Biology, UoO, Norway

Fellowships and awards

  • 2016 Mobility grant: 6 months at Van de Peer lab, VIB, University of Ghent, Belgium. (RCN)
  • 2014 Mobility grant: 3 months at the Yabuki lab, JAMSTEC, Yokosuka, Japan. (RCN)
  • 2014 Post-doctoral research fellowship: “Genome dynamics in early eukaryotic evolution: importance of enigmatic lineages”. (RCN): 4.3mill nok
  • 2012 Best publication: “Analysis of Expressed Sequence Tags from the Marine Microalga Pseudochattonella farcimen (Dictyochophyceae)”. Department of Biology, UoO, Norway

Mobility

  • 2016-2017 (6 months) VIB life sciences research institute, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • 2014 (3 months) Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Yokosuka, Japan

Supervision of graduate students and research fellows

  • 2014-  Presently supervising: one PhD and one MSc students. Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway
  • Previously supervised: one PhD (now Postdoc at Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway) and three MSc students
     

Teaching activities 

  • 2016 Course responsible – Biological methods (BIO2020), Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway
  • 2015 Joint course responsible – Elementary Biology (BIO1000), Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway
  • 2010- 2015 Workshop organiser – Classification and phylogeny (BIO4210), Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway
  • 2014 Guest lecturer – Molecular biology of microbes and host interactions (MBV4150), Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway
  • 2011- 2012 Workshop organiser – Bioinformatics (MBV3070), Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway
  • 2011- 2012 Laboratory supervisor – Molecular biology and biological methods (BIO2140), Department of Biology, UoO, Norway
  • 2010- 2011 Laboratory supervisor – Elementary biology (BIO1000), Department of Biology, UoO, Norway
  • 2010- 2011 Guest lecturer and workshop holder – Population Genetics & Molecular Evolution (BIO321), Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
     

Career breaks

Six-month parental leave in 2010. Prior to starting an MSc in Biology at UoO I was employed in numerous non-academic positions during a four-year period.

Institutional responsibilities

  • 2017 Evaluation committee (Postdoc), Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway
  • 2016 Interview committee (Institute leader), Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway
  • 2015-2017 Board member, Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway
  • 2015-2016 Exam marker, Elementary Biology, Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway
  • 2014 Evaluation committee (Postdoc), Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway

Commissions of trust

  • 2015-2017 Board member, Norsk Algeforening (Norwegian Algae Association) 
  • 2012- Reviewer for: BMC Biochemistry, Environmental Microbiology, Genome Biology and Evolution, Hydrobiologia, Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, Phycologia, PLoS ONE, Protist, Schweizerbart Science Publishers, Standards in Genomic Sciences, Genoscope (France Génomique Scientific Committee).

Membership of scientific societies 

  • 2017- Member of the Young Phycological Society International (YPSI) 
  • 2017- Member of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) 
  • 2015-2016 Member of the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) 

Major collaborations

  • Prof. Shalchian-Tabrizi, Dr. Alexander Nedebragt, Dr. Akinori Yabuki, Prof. Yves Van de Peer, Prof. Ken Ishida, Prof. Yuji Inagki, & Dr. Takashi Shiratori, Genome dynamics in early eukaryotic evolution, Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway. Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), Japan. University of Ghent, Belgium. University of Tsukuba, Japan (RCN funded)
  • Prof. Kjetill S Jakobsen, Ass Prof. Shauna Murray, Dr Uwe John, Evolution of saxitoxin in dinoflagellates, Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway. University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany. 
  • Dr. Lee Hsiang Liow, Dr. Kjetil Voje, Dr. Andrea Waeschenbach & Prof. Paul Taylor, Evolution of Bryozoa, Department of Biosciences, UoO, Norway. Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom (ERC CoG funded)

Summary

Russell J S Orr has in total 21 journal publications, one edited proceedings, and one book chapter: four as corresponding author, nine are as first author, a further two publications as joint first-author, the final 12 publications as co-author. Additionally, I have one papers in-press, and multiple in-prep. My publications are cited over 1000 times (as of 11.17) giving a h-index and i10-index of 12: http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=IfoqjYEAAAAJ&hl=en

 

Patents applications / other registered IPRs

  • Molecular detection of saxitoxin-producing dinoflagellates using the gene sxtG. Norway 61/647573 2012.
  • Detection of saxitoxin-producing dinoflagellates. Australia AU2012/000541 2012. USA 20170081733
Tags: Evolution, Phylogeny, Toxins, Dinoflagellates, Comparative genomics, Protists, Transcriptomics, Genomics

Publications

Orr RJS, Rombauts S, Van de Peer Y, Shalchian-Tabrizi K: Draft genome Sequences of two Unclassified Chitinophagaceae bacterium. IBVUCB1 and IBVUCB2, Isolated from Environmental Samples. Genome Announcements 2017, in-press. (Corresponding author; metagenomic study; responsible for DNA isolation, illumina & pacbio sequencing, establishing assembly pipelines, genome annotation). 

Krabberød AK, Orr RJS, Bråte J, Kristensen T, Bjørklund KR, Shalchian-Tabrizi K: Single Cell Transcriptomics, Mega-Phylogeny, and the Genetic Basis of Morphological Innovations in Rhizaria. Molecular Biology and Evolution 2017, 34(7):1557-1573. (Evolutionary/comparative study of transcripts from a free-living single-cell; responsible for mRNA isolation and cDNA synthesis from a single cell, illumina sequencing, comparison of evolutionary significant transcripts).

Stø IM, Orr RJS, Fooyontphanich K, Jin X, Knutsen JMB, Fischer U, Tranbarger TJ, Nordal I, Aalen RB: Conservation of the abscission signaling peptide IDA during Angiosperm evolution: withstanding genome duplications and gain and loss of the receptors HAE/HSL2. Frontiers in Plant Science 2015, 6. (Joint first author; phylogenetic and conservation mapping study of gene evolution in angiosperms; responsible for homolog database mining, aligning, Maximum Likelihood & Bayesian phylogenies).

Orr RJS, Stüken A, Murray SA, Jakobsen KS: Evolutionary acquisition and loss of saxitoxin biosynthesis in dinoflagellates: the second “core” gene - sxtG. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 2013, 79(7):2128-2136. (Evolutionary/comparative study of a toxin gene; responsible for DNA isolation, mRNA isolation & cDNA synthesis, primer design, targeted PCR and sequencing, aligning, Maximum Likelihood & Bayesian phylogenies, comparison of genomic and transcript data).

Orr RJS, Murray S, Stüken A, Rhodes L, Jakobsen KS: When Naked became Armored: An Eight-Gene Phylogeny Reveals Monophyletic Origin of Theca in Dinoflagellates. PloS One 2012, 7(11):e50004. (Evolutionary/comparative study; responsible for DNA isolation, primer design, targeted PCR and sequencing, aligning, Maximum Likelihood & Bayesian phylogenies).

  • Krabberød, Anders Kristian; Orr, Russell; Bråte, Jon; Kristensen, Tom; Bjørklund, Kjell Rasmus & Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran (2017). Single cell transcriptomics, mega-phylogeny and the genetic basis of morphological innovations in Rhizaria. Molecular biology and evolution.  ISSN 0737-4038. . doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msx075 Show summary
  • Orr, Russell; Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran; Klaveness, Dag; Zhao, Sen; Yabuki, Akinori; Ikeda, Keiji & Watanabe, Makoto (2017). Enigmatic Diphyllatea eukaryotes: Culturing and targeted PacBio RS amplicon sequencing reveals a higher order taxonomic diversity and global distribution.. Environmental Microbiology.  ISSN 1462-2912.
  • Orr, Russell; Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran; Van de Peer, Yves & Rombauts, S (2017). Draft Genome Sequences of Two Unclassified Bacteria, Hydrogenophaga sp. Strains IBVHS1 and IBVHS2, Isolated from Environmental Samples. Genome Announcements.  ISSN 2169-8287.
  • Orr, Russell; Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran; Van de Peer, Yves & Rombauts, S (2017). Draft Genome Sequences of Two Unclassified Bacteria, Sphingomonas sp. Strains IBVSS1 and IBVSS2, Isolated from Environmental Samples. Genome Announcements.  ISSN 2169-8287.
  • Orr, Russell; Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran; Van de Peer, Yves & Rombauts, S (2017). Draft genome Sequences of two Unclassified Chitinophagaceae bacterium. IBVUCB1 and IBVUCB2, Isolated from Environmental Samples.. Genome Announcements.  ISSN 2169-8287.
  • Murray, Shauna A.; Diwan, Rutuja; Orr, Russell; Kohli, Gurjeet S. & John, Uwe (2015). Gene duplication, loss and selection in the evolution of saxitoxin biosynthesis in alveolates. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.  ISSN 1055-7903.  92, s 165- 180 . doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2015.06.017
  • Stø, Ida Myhrer; Orr, Russell; Fooyontphanich, Kim; Jin, Xu; Knutsen, Jonfinn Mordekai Blix; Fischer, Urs; Tranbarger, Timothy J.; Nordal, Inger & Aalen, Reidunn B. (2015). Conservation of the abscission signaling peptide IDA during Angiosperm evolution: Withstanding genome duplications and gain and loss of the receptors HAE/HSL2. Frontiers in Plant Science.  ISSN 1664-462X.  6(OCTOBER) . doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00931
  • Murray, Shauna A.; Hoppenrath, Mona; Orr, Russell; Bolch, Christopher; John, Uwe; Diwan, Rutuja; Yauwenas, Rouna; Harwood, Tim; de Salas, Miguel; Neilan, Brett A. & Hallegraeff, Gustaaf (2014). Alexandrium diversaporum sp. nov., a new non-saxitoxin producing species: Phylogeny, morphology and sxtA genes. Harmful Algae.  ISSN 1568-9883.  31, s 54- 65 . doi: 10.1016/j.hal.2013.09.005
  • Stensrud, Øyvind; Orr, Russell; Reier-Røberg, Kjetil; Schumacher, Trond & Høiland, Klaus (2014). Phylogenetic relationships in Cortinarius with focus on North European species. Karstenia.  ISSN 0453-3402.  54(2), s 57- 71 Show summary
  • Orr, Russell; Stüken, Anke; Murray, Shauna A. & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2013). Evolution and Distribution of Saxitoxin Biosynthesis in Dinoflagellates. Marine Drugs.  ISSN 1660-3397.  11(8), s 2814- 2828 . doi: 10.3390/md11082814
  • Orr, Russell; Stüken, Anke; Murray, Shauna A. & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2013). Evolutionary Acquisition and Loss of Saxitoxin Biosynthesis in Dinoflagellates: the Second "Core" Gene, sxtG. Applied and Environmental Microbiology.  ISSN 0099-2240.  79(7), s 2128- 2136 . doi: 10.1128/AEM.03279-12 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Dittami, Simon; Riisberg, Ingvild; John, Uwe; Orr, Russell; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Edvardsen, Bente (2012). Analysis of Expressed Sequence Tags from the Marine Microalga Pseudochattonella farcimen (Dictyochophyceae). Protist.  ISSN 1434-4610.  163(1), s 143- 161 . doi: 10.1016/j.protis.2011.07.004
  • Murray, Shauna A.; Wiese, Maria; Neilan, Brett A.; Orr, Russell; de Salas, Miguel; Brett, Steve & Hallegraeff, Gustaaf (2012). A reinvestigation of saxitoxin production and sxtA in the 'non-toxic' Alexandrium tamarense Group V clade. Harmful Algae.  ISSN 1568-9883.  18, s 96- 104 . doi: 10.1016/j.hal.2012.05.001
  • Orr, Russell; Murray, Shauna A.; Stüken, Anke; Rhodes, Lesley & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2012). When Naked Became Armored: An Eight-Gene Phylogeny Reveals Monophyletic Origin of Theca in Dinoflagellates. PLoS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  7(11) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0050004 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Orr, Russell; Stüken, Anke; Rundberget, Thomas; Eikrem, Wenche & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2011). Improved phylogenetic resolution of toxic and non-toxic Alexandrium strains using a concatenated rDNA approach. Harmful Algae.  ISSN 1568-9883.  10(6), s 676- 688 . doi: 10.1016/j.hal.2011.05.003
  • Stüken, Anke Corinna; Orr, Russell; Kellmann, Ralf; Murray, Shauna A.; Neilan, Brett A. & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2011). Discovery of Nuclear-Encoded Genes for the Neurotoxin Saxitoxin in Dinoflagellates. PLoS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  6(5) . doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0020096
  • Kellmann, Ralf; Stüken, Anke; Orr, Russell J. S.; Svendsen, Helene M. & Jakobsen, Kjetill S. (2010). Biosynthesis and Molecular Genetics of Polyketides in Marine Dinoflagellates. Marine Drugs.  ISSN 1660-3397.  8(4), s 1011- 1048 . doi: 10.3390/md8041011
  • Riisberg, Ingvild; Orr, Russell; Kluge, Ragnhild; Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran; Bowers, HA; Vishwanath, Patil; Edvardsen, Bente & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2009). Seven Gene Phylogeny of Heterokonts. Protist.  ISSN 1434-4610.  160(2), s 191- 204 . doi: 10.1016/j.protis.2008.11.004
  • Kumar, Surendra; Skjæveland, Åsmund; Orr, Russell; Enger, Pål; Ruden, Torgeir Andersen; Mevik, Bjørn-Helge; Burki, Fabien; Botnen, Andreas Valeur & Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran (2009). AIR: A batch-oriented web program package for construction of supermatrices ready for phylogenomic analyses. BMC Bioinformatics.  ISSN 1471-2105.  10 . doi: 10.1186/1471-2105-10-357 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Minge, Marianne Aastebøl; Silberman, Jeffrey; Orr, Russell; Cavalier-Smith, Thomas; Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran; Burki, Fabien; Skjæveland, Åsmund & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2009). Evolutionary position of breviate amoebae and the primary eukaryote divergence. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences.  ISSN 0962-8452.  276(1657), s 597- 604 . doi: 10.1098/rspb.2008.1358
  • Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran; Minge, Marianne Aastebøl; Espelund, Mari; Orr, Russell; Ruden, Torgeir Andersen; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Cavalier-Smith, Thomas (2008). Multigene Phylogeny of Choanozoa and the Origin of Animals. PLoS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  3(5)

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  • Orr, Russell (2017). In Silico Prediction of Ligand-Binding Sites of Plant Receptor Kinases Using Conservation Mapping. Plant Receptor Kinases: Methods and Protocols. Humana Press.  ISBN 978-1-4939-7063-6.  196 s.

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  • Orr, Russell (2017). Deep Genome Initiative.
  • Orr, Russell (2017). Genome Dynamics in early eukaryote evolution an update!.
  • Orr, Russell (2017). Genome dynamics in early eukaryote evolution, progress rapport!.
  • Enevoldsen, Emily; Boeve, Jeroen; Orr, Russell; Waeschenbach, Andrea & Liow, Lee Hsiang (2016). Advancing bryozoan phylogenetics: mitochondrial and nuclear genes.
  • Orr, Russell (2016). Genome dynamics in early eukaryotic evolution. Importance of enigmatic lineages.
  • Orr, Russell (2016). Genome dynamics in early eukaryotic evolution. Importance of enigmatic lineages.
  • Orr, Russell (2016). PacBio sequencing reveals the diversity and ecology of a deeply diverging eukaryote lineage..
  • Orr, Russell; Zhao, Sen; Yabuki, Akinori & Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran (2016). PacBio sequencing reveals the diversity and ecology of a deeply diverging eukaryote lineage.
  • Orr, Russell (2015). Genome dynamics in early eukaryotic evolution. Importance of enigmatic lineages.
  • Orr, Russell (2015). Genome dynamics in early eukaryotic evolution. Importance of enigmatic lineages.
  • Enevoldsen, Emily; Liow, Lee Hsiang; Voje, Kjetil L.; Orr, Russell; Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran & Krabberød, Anders Kristian (2014). Macroevolution through molecular and morphological lenses: a history of microporellids.
  • Orr, Russell (2014). Genome dynamics in early eukaryotic evolution: importance of enigmatic lineages. Show summary
  • Orr, Russell (2014). Genome dynamics in early eukaryotic evolution: importance of enigmatic lineages.
  • Orr, Russell (2014). Genome dynamics in early eukaryotic evolution: importance of enigmatic lineages.
  • Orr, Russell; Stüken, Anke & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2012). Molecular detection of saxitoxin-producing dinoflagellates using the gene sxtG.
  • Stüken, Anke; Figueroa, Rosa; Orr, Russell & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2012). Is sxt gene copy number related to saxitoxin synthesis?.
  • Stüken, Anke; Orr, Russell; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd; Murray, Shauna A. & Neilan, Brett A. (2012). DETECTION OF SAXITOXIN-PRODUCING DINOFLAGELLATES.
  • Stüken, Anke; Orr, Russell; Kellmann, Ralf; Murray, Shauna A.; Neilan, Brett A. & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2011). Discovery of nucelar-encoded genes for the neurotoxin saxitoxin in dinoflagellates.
  • Stüken, Anke; Orr, Russell; Kellmann, Ralf; Murray, Shauna A.; Neilan, Brett A. & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2011). Discovery of nucelar-encoded genes for the neurotoxin saxitoxin in dinoflagellates.
  • Dittami, Simon; Riisberg, Ingvild; John, Uwe; Orr, Russell; Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Edvardsen, Bente (2010). Analysis of expressed sequence tags from the ichtyotoxic dictyochophyte Pseudochattonella farcimen. Show summary
  • Orr, Russell; Stüken, Anke; Rundberget, Thomas; Eikrem, Wenche & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2010). Improved phylogenetic resolution of toxic and non-toxic Alexandrium strains using a concatenated rDNA approach.
  • Orr, Russell; Stüken, Anke; Rundberget, Thomas; Eikrem, Wenche & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2010). Improved phylogenetic resolution of toxic and non-toxic Alexandrium strains using a concatenated rDNA approach.
  • Stüken, Anke; Orr, Russell; Kellmann, Ralf; Murray, Shauna A.; Mihali, Troco Kaan; Neilan, Brett A. & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2010). Saxitoxin gene identified in dinoflagellates.
  • Minge, Marianne Aastebøl; Silberman, Jeffrey; Orr, Russell; Cavalier-Smith, Thomas; Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran; Burki, Fabien; Skjæveland, Åsmund & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2008). Breviata anathema - an unusual Amoebozoa.
  • Orr, Russell; Espelund, Mari; Kellmann, Ralf & Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd (2008). Evolution witihin the genus Alexandrium focusing on toxicity.
  • Shalchian-Tabrizi, Kamran; Minge, Marianne Aastebøl; Espelund, Mari; Orr, Russell; Ruden, Torgeir A.; Jakobsen, Kjetill Sigurd & Cavalier-Smith, Thomas (2008). The Choanozoan Ministeria vibrans: Multigene Phylogeny and the Origin of Animals. Show summary

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