Kirstin Janssen


Associate professor

Job description

My main tasks at the Center of Forensic Genetics are related to building up the work flow for routine casework analyses, reporting of forensic DNA-results, quality assurance, lecturing and supervising students at different levels. 


  • Nina Mjølsnes Salvo, Gunn-Hege Olsen, Thomas Berg, Kirstin Janssen :
    Biogeographical Ancestry Analyses Using the ForenSeqTM DNA Signature Prep Kit and Multiple Prediction Tools
    Genes 2024 ARKIV / DOI
  • Maria Martin Agudo, Håvard Aanes, Michel Albert, Kirstin Janssen, Peter Gill, Øyvind Bleka :
    An overview of autosomal STRs and identity SNPs in a Norwegian population using massively parallel sequencing
    Forensic Science International: Genetics 2024 DOI
  • Nina Mjølsnes Salvo, Jeppe Dyrberg Andersen, Kirstin Janssen, Olivia Luxford Meyer, Thomas Berg, Claus Børsting et al.:
    Association between Variants in the OCA2-HERC2 Region and Blue Eye Colour in HERC2 rs12913832 AA and AG Individuals
    Genes 2023 ARKIV / DOI
  • Nina Mjølsnes Salvo, Kirstin Janssen, Gunn-Hege Olsen, Thomas Berg, Jeppe Dyrberg Andersen :
    Association between copy number variations in the OCA2-HERC2 locus and human eye colour
    Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Nina Mjølsnes Salvo, Marie Gule Mathisen, Kirstin Janssen, Thomas Berg, Gunn-Hege Olsen :
    Experimental long-distance haplotyping of OCA2-HERC2 variants
    Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series 2022 ARKIV / DOI
  • Nina Mjølsnes Salvo, Kirstin Janssen, Maria Kristine Kirsebom, Olivia Strunge Meyer, Thomas Berg, Gunn-Hege Olsen :
    Predicting eye and hair colour in a Norwegian population using Verogen’s ForenSeq™ DNA signature prep kit
    Forensic Science International: Genetics 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Olivia Strunge Meyer, Nina Mjølsnes Salvo, Anne Kjærbye, Marianne Kjersem, Mikkel Meyer Andersen, Erik Sørensen et al.:
    Prediction of Eye Colour in Scandinavians Using the EyeColour 11 (EC11) SNP Set
    Genes 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Rob van Bemmelen, Hans Schekkermann, Vincent Hin, Morrison Pot, Kirstin Janssen, Barbara Ganther et al.:
    Heavy decline of the largest European Arctic Skua Stercorarius parasiticus colony: interacting effects of food shortage and predation
    Bird Study 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Kirstin Janssen, Jan Ove Bustnes, Nicholas I Mundy :
    Variation in Genetic Mechanisms for Plumage Polymorphism in Skuas (Stercorarius)
    Journal of Heredity 2021 ARKIV / DOI
  • Andrew J. Pakstis, Cemal Gürkan, Mustafa Dogan, Hasan Emin Balkaya, Serkan Doğan, Pavlos I. Neophytou et al.:
    Genetic relationships of European, Mediterranean, and SW Asian populations using a panel of 55 AISNPs
    European Journal of Human Genetics 2019 ARKIV / DOI
  • Kirstin Janssen, Marthe Aune, Marita Olsen, Gunn-Hege Olsen, Thomas Berg :
    Biological stain collection – Absorbing paper is superior to cotton swabs
    Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series 2019 ARKIV / DOI
  • Kirstin Janssen, Nicholas I. Mundy :
    The genetic basis and enigmatic origin of melanic polymorphism in the pomarine skua (Stercorarius pomarinus)
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences 29. November 2017 ARKIV / DOI
  • Gunn-Hege Olsen, Marthe Aune, Kirstin Janssen, Thomas Berg :
    Additional fixation improves the performance of SPERM HY-LITER Express™
    Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series 2015 DOI
  • Kirstin Janssen, Marita Olsen, Gunn-Hege Olsen, Marthe Aune, Thomas Berg :
    Validation of automated PCR-setup of the Quantifiler® Trio DNA Quantification kit on the Biomek® 4000 Laboratory Automation Workstation
    Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series 2015 DOI
  • Kirstin Janssen, Nicholas I. Mundy :
    Molecular population genetics of the melanic plumage polymorphism in Arctic skuas (Stercorarius parasiticus): evidence for divergent selection on plumage colour
    Molecular Ecology 2013 DOI
  • Kirstin Janssen, K.E. Erikstad, S Bensch :
    Offspring sex ratio allocation in the parasitic jaeger: selection for pale females and melanic males?
    Behavioral Ecology 2006
  • Jan Ove Bustnes, Torkild Tveraa, Jon Andre Henden, Øystein Varpe, Kirstin Janssen, Janneche Skaare :
    Organochlorines in antarctic and arctic avian top predators: a comparison between the South Polar Skua and two species of northern hemisphere gulls
    Environmental Science and Technology 2006
  • Jan Ove Bustnes, Torkild Tveraa, John-Andre Henden, Øystein Varpe, Kirstin Janssen, Janneche Utne Skaare :
    Organochlorines in Antarctic and Arctic Avian Top Predators: A Comparison between the South Polar Skua and Two Species of Northern Hemisphere Gulls
    Environmental Science and Technology 2006 DOI
  • NI Mundy, NS Badcock, T Hart, Kirstin Janssen, K Scribner, NJ Nadeau :
    Conserved genetic basis of a quantitative plumage trait involved in mate choice
    Science 2004
  • Kirstin Janssen, Marthe Aune, Marita Olsen, Gunn-Hege Olsen, Thomas Berg :
    Biological stain collection - absorbing paper is superior to cotton swabs
    2019
  • Gunn-Hege Olsen, Kirstin Janssen, Marita Olsen, Marthe Aune, Nina Mjølsnes, Thomas Berg :
    Sensitivity of semen identification tests. A study on biological stains exposed to outdoor conditions for up to 365 days.
    2017
  • Gunn-Hege Olsen, Marthe Aune, Kirstin Janssen, Thomas Berg :
    Additional fixation improves the performance of SPERM HY-LITERTM Express
    2015
  • Kirstin Janssen, Marita Olsen, Gunn-Hege Olsen, Marthe Aune, Thomas Berg :
    VALIDATION OF AUTOMATED PCR SETUP OF THE QUANTIFILER® TRIO DNA QUANTIFICATION KIT ON THE BIOMEK® 4000 LABORATORY AUTOMATION WORKSTATION
    2015
  • Kirstin Janssen :
    The evolution of plumage melanism in skuas
    2007
  • Kirstin Janssen :
    Variasjon lys og mørk - om melanisme hos dyr
    2007
  • Kirstin Janssen, Nicholas I Mundy :
    Independent evolution of polymorphic ventral plumage coloration in skuas (family Stercorariidae)
    2007
  • Kirstin Janssen, Kristine Bakke Westergaard :
    DNA-laboratoriet: Seigmannkoden og isolering av DNA fra grønnsaker
    Arrangement i forbindelse med Desembernatt 2007
  • Kirstin Janssen :
    Fugletur til Tisnes for skoleklasser
    Ekskursjon i forbindelse med Verdens Miljøverndag 2007
  • Kirstin Janssen, Tom Rune Lian :
    Fugletur rundt Prestvannet
    20. June 2006
  • Kirstin Janssen :
    Fugletur rundt Prestvannet
    Ekskursjon 2006
  • Kirstin Janssen :
    On the genetics, ecology and evolution of colour polymorphism. A study of the arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus)
    2005
  • Kirstin Janssen :
    Om å være mørk eller lys - er fargevariasjon hos tyvjo bare en lek av naturen?
    Gamle Gamvik. Gamvik museums og historielags årsskrift 2005
  • Kirstin Janssen, Truls Moum, Kjell Einar Erikstad, Steinar Johansen :
    On the genetics, ecology and evolution of colour polymorphism. A study of the Arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus)
    UiT Norges arktiske universitet 2004
  • Kirstin Janssen, Truls Moum :
    Colour polymorphism and genetic differentiation in the Arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus)
    2003
  • Kirstin Janssen, Truls Moum, Einar Arnason :
    Circumpolar mtDNA genetic differentiation in the arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus)
    2003
  • Kirstin Janssen, Truls Moum :
    The colour polymorphism in the Arctic skua (Stercorarius parasiticus)
    1999
  • Kirstin Janssen, Staffan Bensch, Hans Kallander :
    Mating preferences, colour polymorphism and offspring sex ratio manipulation in the Arctic skua Stercorarius parasiticus
    1998

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    Research interests

    Genetics of externally visible traits, such as pigmentation of eyes, hair and skin

    New methods in body fluid and cell type indentification

    Optimalization of stain collection methods




    CV

    From 2014 Associate professor in forensic genetics, Center of Forensic Genetics (CFG), UiT

    2011-2013 Head engineer, CFG, UiT

    2010 Senior lecturer in molecular biology, UiT

    2006-2010 Postdoctor in evolutionary genetics, Tromsø university museum, UiT

    2005 Dr. scient. in in evolutionary genetics, UiT

    2000-2004 PhD candidate in evolutionary genetics, UiT and Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

    1998 Master of Science in biology/animal ecology, Lunds University, Sweden.