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María-Eugenia López

María-Eugenia López
I am a researcher at SLU Aqua with a keen interest in Evolutionary and Population genetics, driven by a desire to comprehend how organisms cope with and adapt to their environments. I seek to use cutting-edge genomic and bioinformatics tools to shed light on the evolution of phenotypic traits and their underlying functional genetic variation.

Selected publications

Vasemägi, A., Ozerov, M., Noreikiene, K., López, M. E., & Gårdmark, A. (2023). Unlocking the genome of perch–From genes to ecology and back again. Ecology of Freshwater Fish.

Yáñez, J. M., Barría, A., López, M. E., Moen, T., Garcia, B. F., Yoshida, G. M., & Xu, P. (2022). Genome‐wide association and genomic selection in aquaculture. Reviews in Aquaculture.

López, M. E., Nord, M. B., Kaljuste, O., Wennerstrom, L., Hekim, Z., Tiainen, J., & Vasemagi, A. (2022). Lack of panmixia of Bothnian Bay vendace-Implications for fisheries management. Frontiers in marine science, 9.

Lauringson, M., Ozerov, M. Y., López, M. E., Wennevik, V., Niemelä, E., Vorontsova, T. Y., & Vasemägi, A. (2022). Distribution and prevalence of the myxozoan parasite Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae in northernmost Europe: analysis of three salmonid species. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 151, 37-49.

Ozerov, M., Noreikiene, K., Kahar, S., Huss, M., Huusko, A., Kõiv, T., Sepp, M., López, M.E., Gårdmark, A., Gross, R., & Vasemägi, A. (2022). Whole‐genome sequencing illuminates multifaceted targets of selection to humic substances in Eurasian perch. Molecular Ecology, 31(8), 2367-2383.

Mottola, G., López, M. E., Vasemägi, A., Nikinmaa, M., & Anttila, K. (2022). Are you ready for the heat? Phenotypic plasticity versus adaptation of heat tolerance in three‐spined stickleback. Ecosphere, 13(4), e4015.

Frugone, M.J., Cole, T., López, M.E., Clucas, G., Matos-Maraví, P., et al.  2021. Taxonomy based on limited genomic markers may underestimate species diversity of rockhopper penguins and threaten their conservation.

Cadiz, M. I., López, M.E., Díaz-Domínguez, D., Cáceres, G., Marin-Nahuelpi, R., Gomez-Uchida, D., ... & Yáñez, J.M. 2021. Detection of selection signatures in the genome of a farmed population of anadromous rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Genomics, S0888-7543.

López, M.E., Cadiz, M. I., Rondeau, E. B., Koop, B. F., & Yáñez, J.M. 2021. Detection of selection signatures in farmed coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) using dense genome-wide information. Scientific reports, 11(1), 1-13.

Mamani, M., López, M.E., Correa, J., Ravest, G., & Hinrichsen, P. 2021. Identification of stable quantitative trait loci and candidate genes for sweetness and acidity in tablegrape using a highly saturated single‐nucleotide polymorphism‐based linkage map. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research. 

Cádiz, M.I., López M.E., Díaz, D., Cáceres, G Yoshida, G., Gomez-Uchida, D. and J.M Yáñez. Whole genome re-sequencing reveals recent signatures of selection in three strains of farmed Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). 2020. Scientific Reports 10:11514

López, M.E., Linderoth T., Norris, A. Neira R., and J.M Yáñez. 2019. Multiple selection signatures in farmed Atlantic salmon adapted to different environments across Hemispheres. Frontiers in Genetics, section Livestock Genomics. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2019.00901

Cáceres, G. López, M.E., Cadiz, M.I., Yoshida, G., Jedlicki, A., Palma-Véjares, R., Travisany, D., Díaz, D., Maass, A., Lhorente, J.P. and J.M. Yánez. 2019. Fine mapping using whole-genome sequencing confirms anti-Müllerian hormone as a major gene for sex determination in farmed Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L). G3: Genes Genomes Genetics.

Barría, A., Marin, R., Cáceres, P., López, M.E., Bassini, L., Lhorente, J.P. and J.M. Yánez. 2019. Genome-wide association study for resistance to Piscirickettsia salmonis in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Accepted: G3: Genes Genomes Genetics

Frugone, M.J., López, M.E., Cole, T., Lowther, A. Pistorius, P., Dantas, G., Petry, M.V., Bonadonna, F., Pütz, K., Trathan., P., Polanowski, A. et al. 2019. More than the eye can see: Genomic insights into the drivers of genetic differentiation in Royal/Macaroni penguins across the Southern Ocean. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.

Yánez, J.M., Yoshida, G., Parra, A., Correa, K., López, M.E., Barría, A., Bassini, L., Christensen, K., Carvalheiro, R. Lhorente, J.P. and R. Pulgar. 2019. Comparative genomic analysis of three salmonid species identifies functional candidate genes involved in resistance to the intracellular bacteria Piscirickettsia salmonis. Frontiers in Genetics, section Livestock Genomics.

Yánez, J.M., Yoshida, G., Barría, A., Palma-Véjares, R., Travisany, D., R., Díaz, D. Cáceres, G., Cadiz, M.I., López, M.E., Lhorente, J.P. et al. 2020. High-throughput single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) discovery and validation through whole-genome resequencing of hundreds of individuals in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) Marine Biotechnology (20) 109–117

Barría, A. López, M.E., Yoshida, G. Carvalheiro, R., Lhorente, J.P. and J.M. Yánez. 2018. Population genomic structure and genome-wide linkage disequilibrium in farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) using dense SNP genotypes. Frontier Genetics: doi: org/10.3389/fgene.2018.00649

López M.E., Benestan L., Moore J-S., Perrier C., Gilbey J., Di Genova A., Maass A., Neira R., Lhorente J.P., Correa K., Diaz D., Bernatchez L. and J.M. Yáñez. 2018. Comparing genomic signatures of domestication in two Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L) populations with different geographical origins. Evolutionary Applications, 

Correa, K., Lhorente, J.P., Bassini, L., López, M.E., Di Genova, A. et al. 2016. Genome wide association study for resistance to Caligus rogercresseyi in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) using a 50K SNP genotyping array. Aquaculture. doi:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2016.04.008

Yáñez, J.M., Naswa, S., López, M.E., Bassini, L., Correa, K.  et al. 2016. Genomewide single nucleotide polymorphism discovery in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar): validation in wild and farmed American and European populations. Molecular Ecology Resources, doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12503

Correa, K., Lhorente, J. P., López, M.E., Bassini, L., S. Naswa et al. 2015. Genome-wide association analysis reveals loci associated with resistance against Piscirickettsia salmonis in two Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) chromosomes. BMC Genomics 16: 1-9.

López, M.E., Neira, R. and J.M. Yáñez. 2015. Applications in the search for genomic selection signatures in fish. Frontier Genetics. 5:458. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2014.00458


Researcher at the Department of Aquatic Resources; Institute of Freshwater Research, joint staff
Telephone: +46104784228, +46736371322
Postal address:
Sötvattenslaboratoriet, Stångholmsvägen 2