Tsigenopoulos Costas


Contact: tsigeno@hcmr.gr

CT received a B.Sc degree in Biology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, an MSc and a Ph.D in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, from the University of Montpellier II in France (1995-1999). His research interests and expertise include mainly phylogenetics and phylogeography, use of microsatellite and SNP genetic markers, mtDNA sequencing, linkage mapping, comparative genomics, ploidy evolution in vertebrates,and

He is currently interested in the use of molecular genetic markers to i) address questions of population structure in wild freshwater and marine species stocks, and ii) assist genetic improvement in aquaculture. The former work has yielded some very successful applications of molecular markers in studies of the genetic structure of marine species while the latter has lead to the development and application of molecular genetic markers (microsatellite DNA) for parentage identification in Mediterranean marine fish species (Dicentrarchus labrax, Sparus aurata, Argyrosomus regius and Seriola dumerili). Recently, he is also interested in comparative genomics and the introduction of next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches in freshwater and marine biodiversity and mainly the genomic approaches in aquaculture practices; last, he is actively contributing to practical applications of the produced results in commercial farms.

CT has participated (as coordinator, principal investigator or National Network leader) in more than thirty EU, Bilateral and national funded R&D projects and networks relevant to aquaculture and marine genomics. He has participated as co-author in more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and few dozens of articles in conferences proceedings and book chapters.