Lene Martinsen

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Project summary

Lene Martinsen has been granted a Fulbright fellowship and a Leiv Eiriksson scholarship from the Norwegian Research Council to go to Harvard University to work in the laboratory of Professor Daniel Hartl at the Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University. The project is supported by Professor Nils Chr. Stenseth and CEES.

In this project Drosophila genetics will be used to test the hypothesis that the Y chromosome effects on gene expression result from blocks of simple-sequence DNA in the Y chromosome that compete for DNA-binding proteins that affect gene expression.

The project is part of an ongoing program in the Hartl laboratory concerning the role of the Y chromosome in adaptation and evolution of Drosophila species.

This novel form of gene regulation by the Y chromosome has important implications for mechanisms of gene regulation in general, as well as for understanding the role of the Y chromosome in adaptive phenotypic variation and evolution.


  • Martinsen, Lene; Ottersen, Trygve; Dieleman, Joseph; Hessel, Philipp; Kinge, Jonas Minet & Skirbekk, Vegard Fykse (2018). Do less populous countries receive more development assistance for health per capita? Longitudinal evidence for 143 countries, 1990–2014. BMJ Global Health.  ISSN 2059-7908.  3 . doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2017-000528
  • Ottersen, Trygve; Kamath, Aparna; Moon, Suerie; Martinsen, Lene & Røttingen, John-Arne (2017). Development assistance for health: what criteria do multi- and bilateral funders use?. Health Economics, Policy and Law.  ISSN 1744-1331.  12(2), s 223- 244 . doi: 10.1017/S1744133116000475 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Ponce, Rita; Martinsen, Lene; Vicente, Luís M & Hartl, Daniel L (2012). Novel Genes from Formation to Function. International Journal of Evolutionary Biology.  ISSN 2090-8032. . doi: 10.1155/2012/821645
  • Zhou, Jun; Sackton, Timothy B.; Martinsen, Lene; Lemos, Bernardo; Eickbush, Thomas H & Hartl, Daniel L (2012). Y chromosome mediates ribosomal DNA silencing and modulates the chromatin state in Drosophila. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  ISSN 0027-8424.  109(25), s 9941- 9946 . doi: 10.1073/pnas.1207367109
  • Martinsen, Lene; Johnsen, Arild; Venanzetti, Federica & Bachmann, Lutz (2010). Phylogenetic footprinting of non-coding RNA: hammerhead ribozyme sequences in a satellite DNA family of Dolichopoda cave crickets (Orthoptera, Rhaphidophoridae). BMC Evolutionary Biology.  ISSN 1471-2148.  10(3) . doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-10-3
  • Martinsen, Lene; Venanzetti, Federica & Bachmann, Lutz (2009). Phylogeography and mitochondrial DNA divergence in Dolichopoda cave crickets (Orthoptera, Rhahidophoridae). Hereditas.  ISSN 0018-0661.  146, s 33- 46 . doi: 10.1111/j.1601-5223.2008.02068.x
  • Martinsen, Lene; Venanzetti, Federica; Johnsen, Arild; Sbordoni, Valerio & Bachmann, Lutz (2009). Molecular evolution of the pDo500 satellite DNA family in Dolichopoda cave crickets (Rhaphidophoridae). BMC Evolutionary Biology.  ISSN 1471-2148.  9(301) . doi: 10.1186/1471-2148-9-301
  • Hansen, Haakon; Martinsen, Lene; Bakke, Tor A. & Bachmann, Lutz (2006). The incongruence of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA variation supports conspecificity of the monogenean parasites Gyrodactylus salaris and G. thymalli. Parasitology.  ISSN 0031-1820.  113(05), s 639- 650 Show summary

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