Research professional: Sébastien Renaut, PhD


My research lies at the intersection of molecular evolution, ecology and population genomics. I use high throughput sequencing (Illumina, PacBio, 454), bioinformatics (mainly R, Unix and open source software) as tools to quantify the fundamental processes responsible for generating biological diversity. In recent years, the main focus of my research has been on plant molecular evolution. More information can be found here.

I obtained my B.Sc. and M.Sc. at McGill University, before heading to Université Laval. My PhD thesis focused on the genetics of speciation and the evolution of the transcriptome in lake whitefish. Then, I spent four years at UBC (Vancouver) as a postdoctoral fellow where i worked on several projects related to transcriptome evolution, speciation and domestication, but this time mainly in sunflowers.

I am available to work/collaborate with researchers at the QCBS. My interests are varied and I would be happy to collaborate on projects in order to:

  • Determine what type of sequencing (eg. HiSeq, MiSeq, RNAseq, GBS) and experimental design would work best for your project.
  • Determine appropriate analyses once sequencing is completed (e.g. sequence assembly, alignments, SNP detection, population genetics, detection of selection at the molecular level).
  • Assist members in using the R software (bioinformatics, statistics or graphics).
  • Assist members to use various bioinformatics tools and the Unix language. If necessary, I can give an introductory course on the Unix language and various tools in bioinformatics.
  • Help revise manuscripts in genomics, molecular ecology and evolution (as an editor for a scientific journal, I have a good knowledge of the requirements).

Representative Publications (full list available here):

  • Renaut S. & Dion‐Côté AM. 2016. History repeats itself: genomic divergence in copepods. Molecular ecology 25: 1417-1419 [PDF]
  • Renaut S. & Rieseberg LH. 2015. The accumulation of deleterious mutations as a consequence of domestication and improvement in sunflowers and other Compositae crops. Molecular Biology and Evolution 32: 2273-2283 [PDF]
  • Renaut S, Rowe HC, Ungerer MC, Rieseberg LH. 2014. Genomics of Homoploid Hybrid Speciation: Diversity and Transcriptional Activity of LTR Retrotransposons in Hybrid Sunflowers. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 31: 1188-1199 [PDF]
  • Vines TH, Albert AYK, Andrew RL, Débarre F, Bock DG, Franklin MT, Gilbert KJ, Moore, JS, Renaut S, Rennison DJ. 2014. The Availability of Research Data Declines Rapidly with Article Age. Current Biology 24: 94-97 [PDF]
  • Renaut S, et al. 2013. The number and size of genomic islands of divergence do not vary with geography of speciation. Nature Communications 4: 1827 [PDF]
  • Renaut S, Maillet N, Normandeau E, Sauvage C, Derome N, Rogers SM, Bernatchez L. 2012. Genome-wide patterns of divergence during speciation: the lake whitefish case study. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 367: 354–363. [PDF]
  • Renaut S, Nolte AW and Bernatchez L. 2010. Mining transcriptome sequences towards identifying adaptive single nucleotide polymorphisms in lake whitefish species pairs (Coregonus spp. Salmonidae). Molecular Ecology 19: 115-131. [PDF]

Please contact me by email or phone (514) 343-6111 p.83151.