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Marina Panova


Marina Panova
+46 31 786 9623

Postal Address: Tjärnö, 45296 Strömstad
Visiting Address: Tjärnö , 45296 Strömstad

Department of Marine Sciences (More Information)
Box 461
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Carl Skottsbergs gata 22 B , 413 19 Göteborg

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


Latest publications

Transcriptomic resources for evolutionary studies in flat periwinkles and related species
João P. Marques, Graciela Sotelo, Juan Galindo, Pragya Chaube, Diana Costa et al.
Scientific Data, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Proteomic similarity of the Littorinid snails in the evolutionary context.
Arina L Maltseva, Marina A Varfolomeeva, Arseniy A Lobov, Polina Tikanova, Marina Panova et al.
PeerJ, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Multiple chromosomal rearrangements in a hybrid zone between Littorina saxatilis ecotypes
R. Faria, P. Chaube, Hernán E. Morales, Tomas Larsson, A. R. Lemmon et al.
Molecular Ecology, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Clines on the seashore: The genomic architecture underlying rapid divergence in the face of gene flow
A. M. Westram, Marina Rafajlovic, P. Chaube, R. Faria, Tomas Larsson et al.
Evolution Letters, Journal article 2018
Journal article

Population genomics of parallel evolution in gene expression and gene sequence during ecological adaptation
M. J. Rivas, M. Saura, A. Pérez-Figueroa, Marina Panova, T. Johansson et al.
Scientific Reports, Journal article 2018
Journal article

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The Littorina Sequence Database (LSD) – an online resource for genomic data.
Björn Canbäck, Carl André, Juan Galindo, Kerstin Johannesson, Tomas Johansson et al.
Molecular Ecology Resources , Journal article 2012
Journal article



Extreme female promiscuity in a non-social invertebrate species
Marina Panova, Johan Boström, Tobias Hofving, Therese Areskoug, Anders Eriksson et al.
PLoS ONE, Journal article 2010
Journal article

Repeated evolution of reproductive isolation in a marine snail - unveiling mechanisms of speciation
Kerstin Johannesson, Marina Panova, Petri Kemppainen, Carl André, Emilio Rolán-Alvarez et al.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Biology , Journal article 2010
Journal article


Case studies and mathematical models of ecological speciation 3. Ecotype formation in a Swedish snail.
Suzanne Sadedin, Johan Hollander, Marina Panova, Kerstin Johannesson, Sergey Gavrilets
Molecular Ecology, Journal article 2009
Journal article

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