Virpi Ahola

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Description of research and teaching

Background

My background is in statistics and bioinformatics. I joined the MRG group in 2009. Before that I have been working in various research projects starting from medical and pharmaceutical research in the University of Turku, and continuing to genomics research in the Agrifood Research Finland MTT. I have defended my PhD thesis in the University of Turku. My PhD thesis dealt with biological sequence analysis, more specially, conservation of protein sequence alignments and alignment quality.

Research

I have broad interests in bioinformatics and statistical genomics. Currently, I am interested in the use of next generation sequencing to study natural populations, especially in studying natural selection and adaptive evolution of Glanville fritillary butterfly.

In the MRG group, I participate in the large genome project of the Glanville fritillary butterfly. The aim of this project is to sequence, assemble and annotate the whole genome of the Glanville fritillary, and to make a genetic map. Genomic sequence will be used, for instance, for studying influence of genomic variation to various life-history traits. The other projects include studying differences in variation among different Glanville fritillary populations using next generation transcriptome sequencing. These projects aim at identifying genomic regions responsible to selection in the Glanville fritillary butterfly.

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Latest publications

  1. Butterfly genomics: insights from the genome of Melitaea cinxia

    Ahola, V., Wahlberg, N. & Frilander, M. J. Apr 2017 In : Annales Zoologici Fennici. 54, 1-4, p. 275-291 17 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA2 Review in scientific journal

  2. Ecological and genetic basis of metapopulation persistence of the Glanville fritillary butterfly in fragmented landscapes

    Hanski, I., Schulz, T., Wong, S. C., Ahola, V., Ruokolainen, A. & Ojanen, S. P. 17 Feb 2017 In : Nature Communications. 8, 11 p., 14504

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

  3. RNA sequencing reveals differential thermal regulation mechanisms between sexes of Glanville fritillary butterfly in the Tianshan Mountains, China

    Lei, Y., Wang, Y., Ahola, V., Luo, S., Xu, C. & Wang, R. Dec 2016 In : Molecular Biology Reports. 43, 12, p. 1423-1433 11 p.

    Publication: Contribution to journalA1 Refereed journal article

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Latest activities

  1. British Ecological Society Annual Meeting

    Ahola, V. (Poster Presentation)
    11 Dec 201614 Dec 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. Walther Traut

    Ahola, V. (Host)
    21 Nov 201625 Nov 2016

    Activity: Hosting a visitorAcademic visit at UH

  3. 2nd Finnish Molecular Ecology & Evolution Symposium

    Ahola, V. (Speaker: Presenter)
    12 Oct 201614 Oct 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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Education

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