Craig T. Michell

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

I am interested in how populations adapt to their environment. To understand this process, I apply high throughput sequencing to explore the genomic variation of natural populations. I then try to find associations between these genomic variants and other environmental factors. 

Selected Publications

  • Pearman, J. K., Casas, L., Michell, C., Aldanondo, N., Mojib, N., Holtermann, K., Georgakakis, I., Curdia, J., Carvalho, S., Gusti, A., & Irigoien, X. (2022). Comparative metagenomics of phytoplankton blooms after nutrient enrichment of oligotrophic marine waters. Metabarcoding and Metagenomics, 6, e79208.

  • Hangas, A., Kekäläinen, N. J., Potter, A., Michell, C., Aho, K. J., Rutanen, C., Spelbrink, J. N., Pohjoismäki, J. L., & Goffart, S. (2022). Top3α is the replicative topoisomerase in mitochondrial DNA replication. Nucleic Acids Research, 50(15), 8733–8748.

  • Michell, C., Wutke, S., Aranda, M., & Nyman, T. (2021). Genomes of the willow-galling sawflies Euura lappo and Eupontania aestiva (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae): a resource for research on ecological speciation, adaptation, and gall induction. G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics, 11(5), jkab094.

  • Michell, C. T., & Nyman, T. (2021). Microbiomes of willow-galling sawflies: effects of host plant, gall type, and phylogeny on community structure and function. Genome, 1–12.

  • Nyman, T., Papadopoulou, E., Ylinen, E., Wutke, S., Michell, C. T., Sromek, L., Sinisalo, T., Andrievskaya, E., Alexeev, V., & Kunnasranta, M. (2021). DNA barcoding reveals different cestode helminth species in northern European marine and freshwater ringed seals. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife, 15, 255–261.

  • Pohjoismäki, J. L. O., Michell, C., Levänen, R., & Smith, S. (2021). Hybridization with mountain hares increases the functional allelic repertoire in brown hares. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 15771.

  • Goffart, S., Tikkanen, P., Michell, C., Wilson, T., & Pohjoismäki, J. L. O. (2021). The Type and Source of Reactive Oxygen Species Influences the Outcome of Oxidative Stress in Cultured Cells. In Cells (Vol. 10, Issue 5).

  • Li, Y., Jin Liew, Y., Cui, G., Cziesielski, M. J., Zahran, N., Michell, C. T., Voolstra, C. R., Aranda, M., Liew, Y. J., Cui, G., Cziesielski, M. J., Zahran, N., Michell, C. T., Voolstra, C. R., & Aranda Lastra, M. (2018). DNA methylation regulates transcriptional homeostasis of algal endosymbiosis in the coral model Aiptasia. Science Advances, 4, 213066.

  • Liston, A. D., & Michell, C. (2018). Salix herbacea L. as a host of the leaf-mining sawfly Scolioneura tirolensis (Enslin , 1914) (Hymenoptera: Symphyta, Tenthredinidae). Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine, 154, 121–124.

  • Jarvis, D. E., Ho, Y. S., Lightfoot, D. J., Schmöckel, S. M., Li, B., Borm, T. J. A., Ohyanagi, H., Mineta, K., Michell, C. T., Saber, N., Kharbatia, N. M., Rupper, R. R., Sharp, A. R., Dally, N., Boughton, B. A., Woo, Y. H., Gao, G., Schijlen, E. G. W. M., Guo, X., … Tester, M. (2017). The genome of Chenopodium quinoa. Nature, 542(7641), 307–312.


  • Ph.D. Science. University of Eastern Finland, 2021.
  • Grad. Dip. Med. Stats. Biostatistics. University of Newcastle, 2018.
  • BSc. Honours. Genetics. University of Adelaide, 2006.
  • BSc. Molecular Biology. Deakin University, 2006. 

Professional Profile

  • 2022 - Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2017 - 2022: Early Stage Researcher, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland.
  • 2016 - 2017: Bioinformatics technician, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2012 - 2016: Research specialist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2009 - 2012: Laboratory technician, Australian Genome Research Facility, Melbourne, Australia. 

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • European Reference Genome Atlas (ERGA) 

Research Interests Keywords

Genomics Population structure Evolution Adaptation