Field Course Instructor
Dr. Stefan Prost is Assistant Professor for Biodiversity Genomics at the University of Oulu in Finland. His group focuses on conservation and environmental genomics, in situ biodiversity monitoring and wildlife forensics. He has been using nanopore sequencing since 2015 and has developed both laboratory protocols as well as bioinformatic analyses software tools for this technology. Together with Aaron Pomerantz and other colleagues, he was among the first to try DNA barcoding with the MinION in a remote location (in the Ecuadorian jungle). Since then, he has used this technology for chromosome-level genome assemblies of several non-model organisms, DNA and metabarcoding, metagenomics, SNP typing and also validated the MinION for wildlife forensic case work. A core aspect of his work is local capacity building. Mini and Gideon (from FPI), Aaron Pomerantz and Stefan developed the ‘Genomics in the Jungle’ courses.