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Martin Johnsson


Master of Science in Engineering Biology, 2010, Linköping University
PhD genetics 2015
Supervisor: Dominic Wright


Research interests

The aim of my project is to find and characterise quantitative trait genes for behavioural and morphological traits in the chicken. To this end, quantitative genetics will be combined with expression QTL mapping,  high throughput genome resequencing, and molecular techniques in a White Leghorn x Red junglefowl advanced intercross. In the end, the purpose is to find sequence variants underlying phenotypes that are relevant to chicken domestication.


Johnsson M, Gering E, Willis P, Lopez S, Van Dorp L, Hellenthal G, Henriksen R, Friberg U, Wright D. (2016) Feralisation targets different genomic loci to domestication in the chicken. Nature Communications.

Johnsson M, Williams MJ, Jensen P, Wright D. (2016) Genetical Genomics of Behavior: A novel chicken genomic model for anxiety behavior. Genetics.

Johnsson M, Jonsson KB, Andersson L, Jensen P, Wright D. (2016) Quantitative Trait Locus and Genetical Genomics Analysis Identifies Putatively Causal Genes for Fecundity and Brooding in the Chicken. G3.

Johnsson M, Jonsson KB, Andersson L, Jensen P, Wright D (2015) Genetic Regulation of Bone Metabolism in the Chicken: Similarities and Differences to Mammalian Systems. PLoS Genet 11(5): e1005250. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1005250

Gering, E., Johnsson, M., Willis, P., Getty, T., Wright, D. (2015). Mixed‐ancestry and admixture in Kauai's feral chickens: invasion of domestic genes into ancient Red Junglefowl reservoirs. Molecular Ecology.

Johnsson, M, Rubin, C-J, Höglund, A, Sahlqvist, A-S, Jonsson, K B, Kerje, S, Ekwall, O, Kämpe, O, Andersson, L, Jensen, P, Wright, D. (2014) The role of pleiotropy and linkage in genes affecting a sexual ornament and bone allocation in the chicken. Molecular Ecology 23 (9). doi: 10.1111/mec.12723

Johnsson M, Gustafson I, Rubin C-J, Sahlqvist A-S, Jonsson KB, et al. (2012) A Sexual Ornament in Chickens Is Affected by Pleiotropic Alleles at HAO1 and BMP2, Selected during Domestication. PLoS Genetics 8(8): e1002914. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1002914

D Nätt, CJ Rubin, D Wright, M Johnsson, J Beltéky, L Andersson, P Jensen. Heritable genome-wide variation of gene expression and promoter methylation between wild and domesticated chickens. BMC genomics 13 (1), 59


Email: martin.johnsson@liu.se

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