RESEARCHERDepartment of Marine
About Marina Panova
Research interests My general research area is molecular mechanisms and evolution of adaptations in natural populations. I am interested in all molecular changes at DNA and RNA level (structural and regulatory mutations, gene expression profiles, chromosomal rearrangements and genome divergence), and how they affect organisms in their natural environments. I am also interested in evolutionary histories of genes and how they can be used to reconstruct histories of populations and species.
My primary research objects are intertidal snails of genus Littorina that show amazing variation in all possible traits within and between the species and are adapted to very different environments. Despite the intriguing biology and ecology, genetic research on Littorina until recently has been limited, but we are working hard on developing genetic resources for this group. Here you can look at Littorina saxatilis transcriptome and here you can see the status of Littorina genome sequencing project.
Current research projects: 1. RAD genome scans of Littorina saxatilis ecotypes in Sweden (Carl André, Kerstin Johannesson, Roger Butlin’s lab in Sheffield University). We are using RAD technique to detect loci and genome regions that are diverged between “wave” and “crab” snail ecotypes on different islands.
2. Gene expression profiling of Littorina (Carl André, Kerstin Johannsson, Anders Tunlid’s lab in Lund University). We are using microarrays to quantify expression of 25,000 transcripts in different ecotypes, populations and species of Littorina – to study the role of gene expression in natural adaptation and identify candidate genes, involved in adaptations.
3. Genetic variation in candidate genes: linking genotypes, phenotype and fitness (PhD project of Mårten Duvetorp). Here were are looking at genetic variation in two genes (aspartate aminotransferase and arginine kinase), that are probably under strong selection in Littorina, trying to understand their function and evolution.
4. Idotea within and outside the Baltic Sea (PhD project of Sonja Leidenberger). Out of seven Atlantic species of Idotea only three live in the Baltic Sea. As a first step to understanding the factors and mechanisms of this rapid adaptation to low salinity we are reconstructing phylogeny of Idotea and phylogeography of the species that entered the Baltic. To facilitate future genetic research on this interesting group, we are sequencing the genome of Idotea balthica, see the genome project status here.
Supervising & teaching I am a supervisor for Mårten Duvetorp PhD project, assistant supervisor for Sonja Leidenberger’s PhD project and supervised 4 Bachelor and Master projects.
I teach conservation genetics in “Ecology and Population Biology” (BIO180) and population genetics in “Fundamental Principles in Ecology and Evolution” (MAR105) Gothenburg University undergraduate courses.
Degrees and professional history From 2011 Researcher at the Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology (CeMEB), Gothenburg University
2009-2011 Post-doc at the Centre for Marine Evolutionary Biology (CeMEB), Gothenburg University
2007-2009 Post-doc at the Department of Marine Ecology, Gothenburg University
2007 PhD in Marine Ecology, Department of Marine Ecology, Gothenburg University
1997 Master of Science in Biology at St. Petersburg State University
Phylogeographic history of flat periwinkles, Littorina fabalis and L.
Transcriptomic resources for evolutionary studies in flat periwinkles and related
Proteomic similarity of the Littorinid snails in the evolutionary
Arina L Maltseva, Marina A Varfolomeeva, Arseniy A Lobov, Polina Tikanova, Marina Panova, Natalia A Mikhailova, Andrei I Granovitch
PeerJ - 2020-01-01
Gene regulatory response to hyposalinity in the brown seaweed Fucus
Spatial genetic structure in a crustacean herbivore highlights the need for local considerations in Baltic Sea biodiversity
Multiple chromosomal rearrangements in a hybrid zone between Littorina saxatilis
R. Faria, P. Chaube, Hernán E. Morales, Tomas Larsson, A. R. Lemmon, E. M. Lemmon, Marina Rafajlovic, Marina Panova, M. Ravinet, Kerstin Johannesson, A. M. Westram, Roger Butlin
Molecular Ecology - 2019-01-01
Genomic architecture of parallel ecological divergence: Beyond a single environmental
Clines on the seashore: The genomic architecture underlying rapid divergence in the face of gene
Diet-dependent gene expression highlights the importance of Cytochrome P450 in detoxification of algal secondary metabolites in a marine
Population genomics of parallel evolution in gene expression and gene sequence during ecological
Comparative mitogenomic analysis of three species of periwinkles: Littorina fabalis, L.obtusata and L.
A molecular phylogeny of the north-east Atlantic species of the genus Idotea (Isopoda) with focus on the Baltic
Annotating public fungal ITS sequences from the built environment according to the MIxS-Built Environment standard – a report from a May 23-24, 2016 workshop (Gothenburg,
Kessy Abarenkov, Rachel I. Adams, Irinyi Laszlo, Ahto Agan, Elia Ambrosio, Alexandre Antonelli, Mohammad Bahram, Johan Bengtsson-Palme, Gunilla Bok, Patrik Cangren, Victor R. M. Coimbra, Claudia Coleine, Claes G. R. Gustafsson, Jinhong He, Tobias Hofmann, Erik Kristiansson, Ellen Larsson, Tomas Larsson, Yingkui Liu, Svante Martinsson, Wieland Meyer, Marina Panova, Nuttapon Pombubpa, Camila Ritter, Martin Ryberg, Sten Svantesson, Ruud Scharn, Ola Svensson, Mats H. Töpel, Martin Unterseher, Cobus Visagie, Christian Wurzbacher, Andy F.S. Taylor, Urmas Kõljalg, Lynn Schriml, R. Henrik Nilsson
MycoKeys - 2016-01-01
DNA Extraction Protocols for Whole-Genome Sequencing in Marine
Marina Panova, Henrik Aronsson, R. Andrew Cameron, Peter Dahl, Anna Godhe, Ulrika Lind, Olga Ortega-Martínez, Ricardo T. Pereyra, Sylvie V M Tesson, Anna-Lisa Wrange, Anders Blomberg, Kerstin Johannesson
Marine Genomics: Methods and Protocols - 2016-01-01
Non-random paternity of offspring in a highly promiscuous marine snail suggests postcopulatory sexual
Targeted resequencing reveals geographical patterns of differentiation for loci implicated in parallel
Shared and nonshared genomic divergence in parallel ecotypes of Littorina saxatilis at a local
Size of genera - biology or
Malin Strand, Marina Panova
Zoologica Scripta - 2015-01-01
Species and gene divergence in Littorina snails detected by array comparative genomic
Do the same genes underlie parallel phenotypic divergence in different Littorina saxatilis
PARALLEL EVOLUTION OF LOCAL ADAPTATION AND REPRODUCTIVE ISOLATION IN THE FACE OF GENE
Roger Butlin, M. Saura, Grégory Charrier, B. Jackson, Carl André, A. Caballero, J. A. Coyne, J. Galindo, J. W. Grahame, J. Hollander, Petri Kemppainen, M. Martinez-Fernandez, Marina Panova, H. Quesada, Kerstin Johannesson, E. Rolan-Alvarez
Evolution - 2014-01-01
Characterization of new EST-linked microsatellites in the rough periwinkle (Littorina saxatilis) and application for parentage
The Effect of Multiple Paternity on Genetic Diversity of Small Populations during and after
The Littorina Sequence Database (LSD) – an online resource for genomic
Glacial History of the North Atlantic Marine Snail, Littorina saxatilis, Inferred from Distribution of Mitochondrial DNA
Colour polymorphism in the polychaete Harmothoe imbricata (Linnaeus,
Extreme female promiscuity in a non-social invertebrate
Repeated evolution of reproductive isolation in a marine snail - unveiling mechanisms of
Multiple paternity: determining the minimum number of sires of a large
Case studies and mathematical models of ecological speciation 3. Ecotype formation in a Swedish
Complete lack of mitochondrial divergence between two species of NE Atlantic marine intertidal
Microsatellite cross-species amplification in the genus Littorina and detection of null alleles in Littorina
Genetic differentiation on multiple spatial scales in an ecotype-forming marine snail with limited dispersal: Littorina
Genetics of differentiation in the marine snail Littorina saxatilis, with consideration of microsatellite genotyping
High Levels of Multiple Paternity in Littorina saxatilis: Hedging the
Site-specific genetic divergence in parallel hybrid zones suggests nonallopatric evolution of reproductive
Microscale variation in Aat (aspartate aminotransferase) is supported by activity differences between upper and lower shore allozymes of Littorina