Dag Ahrén

Dag Ahrén NBIS manager

Genomics, Transcriptomics, Genomic Ecology, Microbial Genomics, Reduced representation sequencing, RADSeq


Dag is working as a manager of the the Micronbiology, Immunology & Protein structure team. He was previously coordinating projects for the short-medium support team and has more than 20 years of bioinformatics experience. Dag is specialized in comparative genomics, fungal transcriptomics, genomics and evolution. After he got his PhD at Lund University, he worked as senior scientist at the bioinformatics company, BioBridge Computing AB. Later, he did a postdoc at the comparative genomics group at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI). As an assistant professor in Genomic Ecology Dag worked primarily with fungal genomics and evolution of fungal host interactions. Dag a co-director of the Workshop on Genomics in Cesky Krumlov (http://www.evomics.org).

Selected publications

Kozjek, K., Manoharan, L., Ahrén, D., and Hedlund, K. (2022) Microbial functional genes influenced by short-term experimental drought across European agricultural fields. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 168, 108650.

Rengefors, K., Gollnisch, R., Sassenhagen, I., Härnström Aloisi, K., Svensson, M., Lebret, K., Čertnerová, D., Cresko, W. A., Bassham, S., and Ahrén, D. (2021) Genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism markers reveal population structure and dispersal direction of an expanding nuisance algal bloom species. Molecular ecology, 30, 912–925.

Kalbskopf, V., Ahrén, D., Valkiūnas, G., Palinauskas, V., and Hellgren, O. (2021) Shifts in gene expression variability in the blood-stage of Plasmodium relictum. Gene, 792, 145723.

Salmón, P., Jacobs, A., Ahrén, D., Biard, C., Dingemanse, N. J., Dominoni, D. M., Helm, B., Lundberg, M., Senar, J. C., Sprau, P., and others (2021) Continent-wide genomic signatures of adaptation to urbanisation in a songbird across Europe. Nature communications, 12, 1–14.

Sekar, V., Rivero, A., Pigeault, R., Gandon, S., Drews, A., Ahren, D., and Hellgren, O. (2021) Gene regulation of the avian malaria parasite Plasmodium relictum, during the different stages within the mosquito vector. Genomics, 113, 2327–2337.

Floudas, D., Bentzer, J., Ahrén, D., Johansson, T., Persson, P., and Tunlid, A. (2020) Uncovering the hidden diversity of litter-decomposition mechanisms in mushroom-forming fungi. The ISME journal, 14, 2046–2059.

McDonald, M. C., Ahren, D., Simpfendorfer, S., Milgate, A., and Solomon, P. S. (2018) The discovery of the virulence gene ToxA in the wheat and barley pathogen Bipolaris sorokiniana. Molecular plant pathology, 19, 432–439.

Manoharan, L., Kushwaha, S. K., Hedlund, K., and Ahrén, D. (2015) Captured metagenomics: large-scale targeting of genes based on ‘sequence capture’reveals functional diversity in soils. DNA Research, 22, 451–460.

Meerupati, T., Andersson, K.-M., Friman, E., Kumar, D., Tunlid, A., and Ahren, D. (2013) Genomic mechanisms accounting for the adaptation to parasitism in nematode-trapping fungi. PLoS genetics, 9, e1003909.

Stajich, J. E., Wilke, S. K., Ahrén, D., Au, C. H., Birren, B. W., Borodovsky, M., Burns, C., Canbäck, B., Casselton, L. A., Cheng, C. K., and others (2010) Insights into evolution of multicellular fungi from the assembled chromosomes of the mushroom Coprinopsis cinerea (Coprinus cinereus). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 11889–11894.

Martin, F., Aerts, A., Ahrén, D., Brun, A., Danchin, E. G. J., Duchaussoy, F., Gibon, J., Kohler, A., Lindquist, E., Pereda, V., and others (2008) The genome of Laccaria bicolor provides insights into mycorrhizal symbiosis. Nature, 452, 88–92.