Dr. Camila Mazzoni


Head "Evolutionary und conservation genomics"
Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research (BeGenDiv)

Department of Evolutionary Genetics


Tel: 0049 (0) 30 5168 - 315
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Research interests
  • Genomics methods for conservation of endangered wildlife.
  • Population and Evolutionary Genomics of Neotropical vertebrate species.
  • Vertebrate whole genome assembly and comparative genomics.
  • Metabarcoding analysis for vertebrate species diversity assessment, including diet analysis and insects as vertebrate DNA source (iDNA).
  • Bridging Genomics and Bioinformatics through development of start-to-end pipelines, such as reduced-representation methods (e.g. RAD-Seq) and MHC genotyping.
  • Various Genomics methods for biodiversity-related research, as part of my work at the Berlin Center for Genomics in Biodiversity Research (BeGenDiv).
Selected publications
Driller M,  Vilaca ST, Souza Arantes L, Carrasco Valenzuela T, Heeger F, Chevallier D, de Thoisy B, Mazzoni CJ (2020): Optimization of ddRAD-like data leads to high quality sets of reduced representation single copy orthologs (R2SCOs) in a sea turtle multi-species analysis. BioRxiv, pre-print.
Heeger F, Wurzbacher C, Bourne EC, Mazzoni CJ*, Monaghan MT* (2019): Combining the 5.8S and ITS2 gene regions to improve classifications on fungi. METHODS ECOL EVOL 10, 1702-1711 (*These authors contributed equally).
Vilaca ST, Lima CS, Mazzoni CJ, Santos FR, de Thoisy B (2019): Manatee genomics supports a special conservation area in the Guianas coastline under the influence of the Amazon River plume. ESTUAR COAST SHELF S 226, 106286.
doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2019.106286
Blankers T, Vilaça ST, Waurick I, Gray DA, Hennig RM, Mazzoni CJ, Mayerand F, Berdan EL (2018): Demography and selection shape transcriptomic divergence in field crickets. EVOLUTION 72(3), 553–567.
Fuselli S, Baptista RP, Panziera A , Magi A, Guglielmi S, Tonin R, Benazzo A, Bauzer LG, Mazzoni CJ, Bertorelle G (2018): A new hybrid approach for MHC genotyping: high-throughput NGS and long read MinION nanopore sequencing, with application to the non-model vertebrate Alpine chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra). HEREDITY 121, 293–303.
Heeger F, Bourne EC, Baschien C, Yurkov A, Bunk B, Spröer C, Overmann J, Mazzoni CJ, Monagham MT (2018): Long read DNA metabarcoding of ribosomal RNA in the analysis of fungi from aquatic environments. MOL ECOL RESOUR 18(6), 1500-1514.
Uliano da Silva M, Dondero F, Dan Otto T, Costa I, Costa Barroso Lima N, Alves Americo J, Mazzoni CJ, Prosdocimi F, de Freitas Rebelo M (2018): A hybrid-hierarchical genome assembly strategy to sequence the invasive golden mussel, Limnoperna fortune. GIGASCIENCE 7(2), 1–10.
Nikolin VM, Olarte-Castillo XA, Osterrieder N, Hofer H, Dubovi E, Mazzoni CJ, Brunner E, Goller KV, Fyumagwa RD, Moehlman PD, Thierer D, East ML (2017): Canine distemper virus in the Serengeti ecosystem: molecular adaptation to different carnivore species. MOL ECOL 26(7), 2111-2130.
Schwensow N, Mazzoni CJ, Marmesat E, Fickel J, Peacock D, Kovaliski J, Sinclair R, Cassey P, Cooke B, Sommer S (2017): High adaptive variability and virus-driven selection on major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes in invasive wild rabbits in Australia. BIOL INVAS 19(4), 1255–1271.
Schwensow N, Detering H, Pederson S, Mazzoni CJ, Sinclair R, Peacock D, Kovaliski J, Cooke B, Fickel J, Sommer S (2017): Resistance to RHD virus in wild Australian rabbits: Comparison of susceptible and resistant individuals using a genomewide approach. MOL ECOL 26(17), 4551–4561.
Berdan E, Blaneers T, Waurick I, Mazzoni CJ, Mayer F (2016): A genes eye view of ontogeny: De novo assembly and profiling of the Gryllus rubens transcriptome. MOL ECOL RESOUR 16, 1478–1490.
Marmesat E, Soriano L, Mazzoni CJ, Sommer S, Godoy JA (2016): PCR strategies for complete allele calling in multigene families using high-throughput sequencing approaches. PLOS ONE 11(6), e0157402.
Obara I, Nielsen M, Jeschek M, Nijhof A, Mazzoni CJ, Svitek N, Steinaa L, Awino E, Olds C, Jabbar A, Clausen PH, Bishop RP (2016): Sequence diversity between class I MHC loci of African native and introduced Bos taurus cattle in Theileria parva endemic regions: in silico peptide binding prediction identifies distinct functional clusters. IMMUNOGENETICS 68(5), 339-352.
Schuster AC, Herde A, Mazzoni CJ, Eccard JA, Sommer S (2016): Evidence for selection maintaining MHC diversity in a rodent species despite strong density fluctuations. IMMUNOGENETICS 68(6-7), 429-437.
Escalera-Zamudio Marina, Zepeda LM, Heeger F, Loza-Rubio E,  Rojas-Anaya E,  Méndez-Ojeda M, Taboada B, Mazzoni CJ, Arias CF, Greenwood AD (2015): A novel endogenous betaretrovirus in the common vampire bat (Desmodus rotundus) suggests multiple independent infection and cross-species transmission events. J VIROL 89, 5180-5184.
Hartmann S, Hasenkamp N, Mayer J, Michaux J, Morand S, Mazzoni CJ, Roca AL, Greenwood AD (2015): Endogenous murine leukemia retroviral variation across wild European and inbred strains of house mouse. BMC GENOMICS 16, 613
Olarte-Castillo XA, Heeger F, Mazzoni CJ, Greenwood AD, Fyumagwa R, Moehlman PD, Hofer H, East ML (2015):  Molecular characterization of canine kobuvirus in wild carnivores and the domestic dog in Africa. VIROLOGY 477, 89–97.
Szentiks CA, Tsangaras K, Abendroth B, Scheuch M, Stenglein MD, Wohlsein P, Heeger F, Höveler R, Chen W, Sun W, Damiani A, Nikolin V, Gruber AD, Grobbel M, Kalthoff D, Höper D, Czirják GÁ, Derisi J, Mazzoni CJ, Schüle A, Aue A, East ML, Hofer H, Beer M, Osterrieder N, Greenwood AD (2014): Polar bear encephalitis: establishment of a comprehensive next-generation pathogen analysis pipeline for captive and free-living wildlife. J COMP PATHOL 150(4), 474-488.
Weyrich A, Schüllermann T, Heeger F, Jeschek M, Mazzoni CJ, Chen W, Schumann K, Fickel J (2014): Whole genome sequencing and methylome analysis of the wild guinea pig. BMC GENOMICS 15(1), 1036. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-1036
Dadheech PK, Glöckner G, Casper P, Kotut K, Mazzoni CJ, Mbedi S, Krienitz L (2013): Cyanobacterial diversity in the hot spring, pelagic and benthic habitats of a tropical soda lake. FEMS MICROBIOL ECOL 85(2), 389-401.
Mayer J, Tsangaras K, Heeger F, Avila-Arcos M, Stenglein MD, Chen W, Sun W, Mazzoni CJ, Osterrieder N, Greenwood AD (2013): A novel endogenous betaretrovirus group characterized from polar bears (Ursus maritimus) and giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca). VIROLOGY 443(1), 1-10.
Sommer S, Courtiol A, Mazzoni CJ (2013): MHC genotyping of non-model organisms using next-generation sequencing: a new methodology to deal with artefacts and allelic dropout. BMC GENOMICS 14, 542.
Last updated on Juni 9, 2020.