Curriculum Vitae



Group members


Off duty

Tutkimuksesta suomeksi

Craig Primmer's group members

Post docs

Tutku Aykanat
Project title: Eco-evo genetics of Atlantic salmon (own funded Finnish Academy post-doc)

Paul Debes
Project title: The genetic architecture of Atlantic salmon life-history variation

Johanna Kurko
Project title: The molecular basis of Atlantic salmon life-history variation

Hannu Mäkinen
Project title: Molecular basis of rapid thermal adaptation in European grayling (own funding from Finnish Cultural Foundation)

Spiros Papakostas
Project title: Molecular basis of rapid thermal adaptation in European grayling

Victoria Pritchard
Project title: Evolutionary genetics of local adaptation in Teno Atlantic salmon

Ph.D. students

Ksenia Zueva
Project title: Evolutionary immunogenetics: host-parasite interactions in Atlantic salmon

Yann Czorlich
Project title: Population dynamics and evolutionary genetics of life-history variation in Atlantic salmon

Tiina Sävilammi
Project title: Molecular basis of rapid thermal adaptation in European grayling

Marion Sinclair-Waters
Understanding the evolution of genetic architeture in Atlantic salmon life-history traits

Masters students

Jan Laine
Project title: Sexual conflict resolution in age at maturity in Teno River Atlantic salmon: an empirical examination

Technical staff

Meri Lindqvist
Project manager, Center of Evolutionary Applications

Katja Salminen
Laboratory technician

Completed student theses


Tanzeela Hanif
Masters thesis title: Annotation of the Gyrodactylus salaris transcriptome


Mikko Ellmen
Masters thesis title: Reproductive success of Teno River Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)


Veronika Laine
PhD thesis title: The genetics of behaviour and other adaptive traits in nine-spined sticklebacks.
(Co-supervised with Gabor Herczeg, University of Helsinki).

Johannes Holmen
PhD thesis title: The Eurasian minnow: Post-glacial dispersal history and recent invasion patterns in Norway
(Main supervisor: Asbjörn Vollestad, University of Oslo).


Claudia Junge
PhD thesis title: The early stages of adaptive radiation: sympatric divergence in grayling.
(Co-supervised with Asbjörn Vollestad and Glenn-Peter Sætre, University of Oslo).


Paula Lehtonen
PhD thesis title: The molecular mechanisms and evolutionary significance of plumage colour variation in pied flycatchers.
(Co-supervised with Toni Laaksonen, University of Turku).

Kalle Rytkönen
PhD thesis title: Molecular evolution of metazoan hypoxia inducible factors
(Main supervisor: Mikko Nikinmaa, University of Turku).


Akarapong Swatdipong
PhD thesis title: Conservation genetics of exploited Finnish salmonid fishes.
(Co-supervised with Anti Vasemägi, University of Turku).

Veronika Laine
Masters thesis title: Genetic structure of Daubenton’s bat (Myotis daubentonii) populations from the Archipelago in South-West Finland - Possible effects of tributyltin

Heidi Viitaniemi
Masters thesis title: Genetic structure and the effects of interspecific aggression on Finnish Calopteryx splendens populations
(Supervised by post-doc Erica Leder)


Anni Tonteri
PhD thesis title: Populations genetics of Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, from northwest Russia.


Laura Buggiotti
PhD thesis title: Avian evolutionary genomics: studies of Fiducula flycatchers.

Juha-Pekka Vähä
PhD thesis title: Conservation genetics of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Genetic structure in space and time, and the effects of escaped farmed salmon.
(Co-supervised with Jaakko Erkinaro, Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute).


Heikki Ryynänen
PhD thesis title: Applications of gene sequence polymorphisms in evolutionary genetic studies of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and other teleost fish species.


Paula Lehtonen
Masters thesis title: Spatio-temporal genetic structuring of brown trout (Salmo trutta) populations from the Luga River in Northwest Russia.
(Co-supervised with Anni Tonteri, University of Turku).

Aino Alasentie
Masters thesis title: Conservation genetics of Finnish pike populations.
(Co-supervised with Sakari Kuikka and Juha-Pekka Vähä, University of Helsinki ).


Markus Johansson
PhD thesis title: Conservation genetics of the common frog (Rana temporaria).
(Co-supervised with Juha Merilä, University of Helsinki).


Tiina Korkea-Aho
Masters thesis title: Individual-based population genetic analysis of grayling (Thymallus thymallus) from a single water system.
(Co-supervised with Mikko Koskinen, University of Helsinki ).


Mikko Koskinen
Ph.D. thesis title: Genetic studies of population history and contemporary microevolution in grayling (Thymallus: Salmonidae). Thesis introduction----->

Anni Tonteri
Masters thesis title: Phylogeography of salmon (Salmo salar) populations in northwest Russia as revealed by microsatellite loci.
(Co-supervised with Jaakko Lumme, University of Oulu).


Katriina Lahti
Ph.D. thesis title: Integrated analysis of aggression in salmonids.
(Student of Esa Ranta, University of Helsinki).

Tuuli Mäkinen
Masters thesis title: The effect of genetic diversity on survival and growth of Saimaa land-locked salmon.
(Co-supervised with Nina Peuhkuri, University of Helsinki).

Laboratory of Genetics, Department of Biology, FI-20014 UNIVERSITY OF TURKU, FINLAND