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Georgios Xenikoudakis
Phd student
Evolutionary and Adaptive Genomics Group
Department of Biochemistry & Biology
House 29, Room 2.69
University of Potsdam
email: xenikoud@uni-potsdam.nomorespam.de
(0331) 977-2901
BSc Biology, 2010, University of Patras, Greece
MSc Biology, 2014, Stockholm University, Sweden

During my studies in biology I focused on the ecology and evolution of animal species. At present, I am working mainly on paleogenomics of extinct and extant mammals (e.g. mammoths, brown bears). My projects concern gene flow in ancient and modern populations. I am also interested in identifying causes of population and species extinction. For my research I use next generation sequencing technology and utilize bioinformatic tools for data analysis.


  • Basler N, Xenikoudakis G, Westbury MV, Song L, Sheng G, Barlow A (senior and corresponding author) (2017) Reduction of the contaminant fraction of DNA obtained from an ancient giant panda bone. BMC Research Notes 10, 754. DOI: 10.1186/s13104-017-3061-3 Paijmans JLA, Baleka S, Henneberger K, Taron UH, Trinks A, Westbury MV, Barlow A (senior and corresponding author) (2017) Sequencing single-stranded libraries on the Illumina NextSeq 500 platform. arXiv 1711.11004. arxiv.org/abs/1711.11004.
  • Wecek K, Hartmann S, Paijmans JLA, Taron U, Xenikoudakis G, Cahill JA, Heintzman PD, Shapiro B, Baryshnikov B, Bunevich AN, Crees JJ, Dobosz R, Manaserian N, Okarma H, Tokarska M, Turvey ST, Wójcik JM, Żyła W, Szymura JM, Hofreiter M, Barlow A (2017) Complex admixture preceded and followed the extinction of wisent in the wild. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 34 (3): 598-612. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msw254.
  • Xenikoudakis, G., Ersmark, E., Tison, J.-L., Waits, L., Kindberg, J., Swenson, J. E., Dalén, L. (2015), Consequences of a demographic bottleneck on genetic structure and variation in the Scandinavian brown bear. Mol Ecol, 24: 3441–3454. doi: 10.1111/mec.13239.
  • Koumoundouros G, Ashton C, Xenikoudakis G, Giopanou I, Georgakopoulou E, Stickland N (2009) Ontogenetic differentiation of swimming performance in Gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata, Linnaeus 1758) during metamorphosis. J Exp Marine Biol Ecol 370:75–81 doi.org/10.1016/j.jembe.2008.12.001