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Christos Palaiokostas

Christos Palaiokostas


My research is focused on aquaculture breeding programs with particular emphasis on the application of high-throughput sequencing technologies for studying complex traits.


I teach on various courses, mainly on the subject of selective breeding and applications of high-throughput sequencing technologies in aquaculture species.

I am a course leader in the course on sustainable aquaculture:


In addition, I am a course leader in an introductory course on Python for data science:



My current research involves the incorporation of high-throughput sequencing technologies in the ongoing national Swedish breeding programs of Arctic charr and rainbow trout (VBCN), aiming at increasing selection accuracies of complex traits.

My prior post in Roslin Institute was under the FISHBOOST project (FISHBOOST), aiming at improving genetic resistance of farmed fish against commonly encountered diseases.

Research projects

- Principal Investigator in the FORMAS funded project NextGenCharr

High-throughput sequencing applications in the Swedish selectively bred strain of Arctic charr

- Work package leader in a Kolarctic funded project



During my current and previous academic posts I have always had close collaboration with associations of aquaculture producers. In particular, I have collaborated with the French aquaculture association SYSSAF in a project aiming to investigate the potential of breeding European sea bass resistant to viral nervous necrosis. Furthermore, during my current post at SLU I have close collaboration with Vattenbrukscentrum Norr where the national Swedish breeding programs are located.


- PhD 2010 - 2014. Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK.

Analysing sex determination in farmed fish using Next Generation DNA Sequencing

- Post-doc 2015 - 2018. The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK.

Selecting for disease resistance in farmed fish

- Associate Senior Lecturer 2018 - current. Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, SLU.


During my post at SLU I have tutored the following scientists - students:

Principal supervisor for the following Postdoctoral scientists:

Khrystyna Kurta (September 2020 - current)

Co-supervisor for the following PhD students:

Redempta Kajungiro (2018 - 2020; Defended her thesis in December 2020; SLU)

Mbiru Moses (2018 - current; Registered in the University of Dar es Salam)

Christer Nyinondi (2018 - current)

Principal supervisor for the following MSc students:

Anam Anjum (Completed her dissertation in June 2020)

Siamak Aslanifard (September 2020 - March 2021)

Principal supervisor for the following Erasmus students:

Fotis Pappas (September 2019 - December 2019; currently MSc student at SLU)

Selected publications

C. Palaiokostas, H. Jeuthe, D-J de Koning. Assessing the potential of improving growth and survival to the eyed stage in selectively bred Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus). 2020.Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, doi:10.1111/jbg.12509.

C. S. Nyinondi, M.S.P. Mtolera, A.J. Mmochi, F.A. Lopes Pinto, R.D. Houston, D-J de Koning, C. Palaiokostas. 2020. Assesing the genetic diversity of farmed and wild Rufiji tilapia (Oreochromis urolepis urolepis) populations using ddRAD sequencing. Ecology and evolution, 10(18): 10044-10056,

C. Palaiokostas, S.M. Clarke, H. Jeuthe, R. Brauning, T.P. Bilton, K.G. Dodds, J.C McEwan, D-J de Koning. 2020. Application of low coverage genotyping by sequencing in selectively bred Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus). G3-Genes Genomes Genetics 10(6):2069-2078,

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