Reptile genomics and transcriptomics

NAISS 2024/6-81


NAISS Medium Storage

Principal Investigator:

Mette Lillie


Uppsala universitet

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Primary Classification:

10615: Evolutionary Biology



This storage project supports the research program of Lillie Group (Animal Ecology, IEG). Including projects on: The Swedish sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) is one of three endemic lizard species. It exists in several fragmented populations spread across the south of Sweden, and is red-listed. During 2019, we collected over 100 sand lizard samples from over 10 populations for a low-coverage population genomics project. We aim to investigate diversity, differentiation and local adaptation to greater assist conservation efforts. Whole genome bisulfite sequencing for the Swedish sand lizards to study how climate warming will impact immunocompetence in a model reptile, the Swedish sand lizard (Lacerta agilis). We will integrate population genetic and genome-wide association approaches to study the ectothermic immune response, encompassing genetic, epigenetic, transcriptional and physiological information. Sand lizard microbiomics, characterising the microbiome of the Swedish sand lizard and comparing differences in composition and diversity of microbiomes between males and females and sampling types.