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CV

Current position

  • Postdoc fellow at Human Evolutionary Genetics unit with director Lluis Quintana-Murci.

Postdoctoral Experience

  • 2013-2015 Postdoctoral research with Daniel Wegmann, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Education

  • 2009-2013 PhD in Evolutionary Genetics (Supervisor: Peter Keightley).

    Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK.

    Thesis Title: “The fitness effects of new mutations and adaptive evolution in house mice.”

Publications

• V Link, A Kousathanas, K Veeramah, C Sell, A Scheu, D Wegmann (in prep)

ATLAS: Analysis Tools for Low-depth and Ancient Samples

A Kousathanas, C Leuenberger, V Link, C Sell, J Burger, D Wegmann (2017)

Inferring heterozygosity from ancient and low coverage genomes. Genetics 205 (1), 317-332

• Farnaz Broushaki, Mark G Thomas, Vivian Link, Saioa López, Lucy van Dorp, Karola Kirsanow, Zuzana Hofmanová, Yoan Diekmann, Lara M Cassidy, David Díez-del-Molino, Athanasios Kousathanas, Christian Sell, Harry K Robson, Rui Martiniano, Jens Blöcher, Amelie Scheu, Susanne Kreutzer, Ruth Bollongino, Dean Bobo, Hossein Davoudi, Olivia Munoz, Mathias Currat, Kamyar Abdi, Fereidoun Biglari, Oliver E Craig, Daniel G Bradley, Stephen Shennan, Krishna R Veeramah, Marjan Mashkour, Daniel Wegmann, Garrett Hellenthal, Joachim Burger (2016)

Early Neolithic genomes from the eastern Fertile Crescent. Science 353 (6298), 499-503

• Zuzana Hofmanová, Susanne Kreutzer, Garrett Hellenthal, Christian Sell, Yoan Diekmann, David Díez-del-Molino, Lucy van Dorp, Saioa López, Athanasios Kousathanas, Vivian Link, Karola Kirsanow, Lara M Cassidy, Rui Martiniano, Melanie Strobel, Amelie Scheu, Kostas Kotsakis, Paul Halstead, Sevi Triantaphyllou, Nina Kyparissi-Apostolika, Dushka Urem-Kotsou, Christina Ziota, Fotini Adaktylou, Shyamalika Gopalan, Dean M Bobo, Laura Winkelbach, Jens Blöcher, Martina Unterländer, Christoph Leuenberger, Çiler Çilingiroğlu, Barbara Horejs, Fokke Gerritsen, Stephen J Shennan, Daniel G Bradley, Mathias Currat, Krishna R Veeramah, Daniel Wegmann, Mark G Thomas, Christina Papageorgopoulou, Joachim Burger (2016)

Early farmers from across Europe directly descended from Neolithic Aegeans. PNAS 201523951

• Kousathanas A, Leuenberger C, Helfer J, Quinodoz M, Foll M, Wegmann D (2016).
Likelihood-free inference in high dimensional models. .

• Adrion JR*, Kousathanas A*, Pascual M, Burrack HJ, Haddad NM, Bergland AO, Machado
H, Sackton TB, Schlenke TA, Watada M, Wegmann D, and Singh ND (2014).

Drosophila suzukii: The Genetic Footprint of a Recent, Worldwide Invasion. Molecular Biology and
Evolution 31:3148–63.

Kousathanas A, Halligan DL and Keightley PD (2014).

Faster-X adaptive protein evolution in house mice. Genetics 196: 1131-1143.

• Halligan DL, Kousathanas A, Ness RW, Li H, Harr B, Eory L, Keane TM, Adams DJ and
Keightley PD (2013).

Contributions of Protein-Coding and Regulatory Change to Adaptive Molecular Evolution in Murid Rodents. PLoS Genetics 9, no. 12.

Kousathanas A and Keightley PD (2013).

A comparison of models to infer the distribution of fitness effects of new mutations. Genetics 193: 1197–1208.

Kousathanas A, Oliver F, Halligan DL, and Keightley PD (2011).

Positive and negative selection on noncoding DNA close to protein-coding genes in wild house mice. Molecular Biology and Evolution 28: 1183 –1191.

*equal contribution

Book Chapters
• Kousathanas A, Duchen P, Wegmann D. Software for ABC. (In Review). Contributed
chapter for book : Handbook for Approximate Bayesian Computation. Taylor & Francis.

Participation in international conferences

• Keystone Symposia Conference (2016). Understanding the Function of Human Genome Variation. Poster presentation: Efficiency of Purifying Selection in Hunter-Gatherer and Farmer African Populations.

• SMBE 2015, Vienna, Austria. Poster presentation: Joint likelihood-free inference of the
distribution of fitness effects, locus-specific selection and demographic history.
• SMBE 2014, Puerto Rico. Poster presentation: ABC with parameter specific statistics for
joint inference of selection and demography.
• SGE 2014, Ascona, Switzerland. Poster presentation: ABC with parameter specific statistics
for joint inference of selection and demography.
• Popgroup 47 (2014) in Bath, UK. Oral Presentation: What can we learn about population
invasion history using genetic data?
• SMBE 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. Poster presentation: Genome-wide evidence for faster-X
adaptive protein evolution in mice.
• PopGroup 45 (2012) in Nottingham, UK. Oral presentation: The effects of selection on
putatively neutral diversity of protein-coding genes in mice.
• ESEB 2011 in Tubingen, Germany. Oral presentation: Is the distribution of fitness effects of
new mutations multimodal?
• PopGroup 44 (2011) in Hull, UK. Oral presentation: Positive and negative selection on noncoding
DNA close to protein-coding genes in wild house mice.
• SMBE 2010 in Lyon, France. Poster presentation: Investigating adaptive evolution of noncoding
DNA in mice.

Fellowships and Awards
• 2016-2018: Roux-Cantarini fellowship funded by Pasteur Institute.

• 2014: Award for best contribution in the meeting Systems genetics and evolution of nonhuman
organisms (SGE 2014), Ascona, Switzerland.
• 2012: Junior Scientist Grant from the Genetics Society UK to attend the SMBE 2012
meeting in Dublin.
• 2009-2012: PhD studentship funded jointly from the BBSRC and the School of Biological
Sciences, University of Edinburgh.
• 2009: Award for graduating first in class from the University of Ioannina.