Oliver Kersten

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Room 2401
Visiting address Blindernveien 31 None 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1066 Blindern 0316 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Student)

Academic interests

I am a research assistant/laboratory technician at CEES and joined the MedPlag project in June 2016 in order to facilitate the investigation of Yersinia pestis strains via ancient DNA analysis. Specifically, I am responsible for, but not necessarily limited to, conducting the required laboratory work prior to DNA sequencing and bioinformatics analysis, which also includes developing and refining existing, project-specific protocols, as well as maintaining a high standard in the state-ofthe-art aDNA laboratory at UiO.

I obtained a M.Sc. in Marine Sciences and a B.S. in Marine Biology at Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii, USA. During my Master’s studies I gained research experience in the fields of marine ecology and metagenetics (in combination with NGS) with a focus on the community analysis of abyssal zooplankton combining traditional taxonomic identification via microscopy with a novel metabarcoding approach. The majority of my research therefore consisted of laboratory work (microscopy and molecular methods), oceanographic research cruises (total of ~100 days) and development of a bioinformatics pipeline.

My main research interests lie in genetics, genomics, and marine ecology. However, obtaining a M.Sc. in Marine Sciences also raised my interest in physical and chemical oceanography, fisheries management, and ichthyology.

Tags: Metabarcoding, DNA sequence analysis, Genomics, Marine ecology, aDNA, Zooplankton, Ancient DNA


  • Guellil, Meriam; Kersten, Oliver; Namouchi, Amine; Bauer, Egil Lindhart; Derrick, Michael; Jensen, Anne Østergaard; Stenseth, Nils Christian & Bramanti, Barbara (2018). Genomic blueprint of a relapsing fever pathogen in 15th century Scandinavia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.  ISSN 0027-8424.  115(41), s 10422- 10427 . doi: 10.1073/pnas.1807266115
  • Kersten, Oliver; Smith, Craig R. & Vetter, Eric W. (2017). Abyssal near-bottom dispersal stages of benthic invertebrates in the Clarion-Clipperton polymetallic nodule province. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers.  ISSN 0967-0637.  127, s 31- 40 . doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2017.07.001 Show summary
  • Ajani, Penelope A.; Armbrecht, Linda H.; Kersten, Oliver; Kohli, Gurjeet S. & Murray, Shauna A. (2016). Diversity, temporal distribution and physiology of the centric diatom Leptocylindrus Cleve (Bacillariophyta) from a southern hemisphere upwelling system. Diatom Research.  ISSN 0269-249X.  31(4), s 351- 365 . doi: 10.1080/0269249X.2016.1260058

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  • Kersten, Oliver (2016). Yersinia pestis genomes from medieval Europe and Asia during the 2nd plague pandemic.

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Published Aug. 26, 2016 11:08 AM - Last modified Aug. 26, 2016 11:12 AM