evolVienna Faculty and Group Leaders

Nick Barton

Professor

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Subjects:

Population genetics, hybrid zones, speciation, evolution of recombination, evolutionary quantitative genetics, multilocus models, spatial structure, coalescent with selection

David Berry

David Berry

Professor

Department of Microbial Ecology and Ecosystem Science, Research Network Chemistry Meets Microbiology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Ecology and evolution of the intestinal microbiota, experimental microbial evolution, Mathematical modeling in microbial ecology

Pamela Burger

Senior Scientist

Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, Vetmeduni Vienna

Subjects:

Camel domestication and hybridization, population genetics and conservation, cheetah phylogeography, conservation medicine

Reinhard Bürger

Professor

Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Mathematical population genetics, evolutionary quantitative genetics, multilocus models, sexual selection, eco-evolutionary modeling

Sylvia Cremer

Assistant Professor

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Subjects:

Anti-parasite defence in ant societies, social behaviour, ecological immunology, host-parasite coevolution, evolutionary ecology, experimental evolution

Ulf Dieckmann

Senior Research Scholar

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg

Subjects:

Theoretical evolutionary ecology, adaptive dynamics, fisheries-induced evolution, speciation theory, spatial ecology, life-history theory, evolutionary algorithms

Leopold Eckhart

Associate Professor

Research Division of Biology and Pathobiology of the Skin, Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna

Subjects:

Evolution of mammalian skin, evolution of programmed cell death

Tecumseh Fitch

Professor

Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Bioacoustics and biolinguistics, evolution of cognition, specifically the evolution of speech, language, music, and art.

Arndt von Haeseler

Professor, Head

Center for Integrative Bioinformatics Vienna (CIBIV), Max F. Perutz Laboratories

Subjects:

Molecular evolution, models of evolution, algorithms, population genetics, phylogenetic reconstruction, parallel computing, insertion deletion processes

Elisabeth Haring

Head of Department

Museum of Natural History Vienna

Subjects:

Phylogenetic and phylogeographic studies on various groups of animals (different taxonomic levels), conservation genetics, evolution of mitochondrial DNA

Marie-Theres Hauser

Associate Professor

Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (Boku) Vienna

Subjects:

Molecular genetic and functional analyses of adaptive natural variations, plant development, Arabidopsis, willows

Erich Heidenreich

Group Leader

Institute of Cancer Research, Medical University of Vienna

Subjects:

Molecular mechanisms of spontaneous and stress-induced mutagenesis, adaptive mutations in stationary cells, transient hypermutability, DNA repair mechanisms

Joachim Hermisson

Professor

Mathematics and BioSciences Group, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Vienna and Max Perutz Labs

Subjects:

Population genetics, mathematical modelling, adaptation, speciation, molecular evolution, spatial structure, multi-locus theory, epistasis, robustness, evolvability

Walter Hödl

Professor

Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Signal evolution in amphibians, population biology. Model organism: the pan-Amazonian poison frog Allobates femoralis

Ivo Hofacker

Professor

Institute for Theoretical Chemistry, University of Vienna

Subjects:

RNA bioinformatics, sequence evolution of structured biomolecules, folding landscapes and fitness landscapes, evolution of noncoding RNAs.

Matthias Horn

Professor

Department of Microbial Ecology and Ecosystem Science, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Microbial evolution and diversity, microbial symbioses, evolution of pathogenicity and intracellular life

Robert Kofler

Assistant Professor

Institute of Population Genetics, Vetmeduni Vienna

Subjects:

Genome Evolution, Transposable Elements, Bioinformatics, Population Genetics, Experimental Evolution, Next Generation Sequencing

Fyodor Kondrashov

Group Leader

Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Subjects:

Genome evolution, molecular evolution, fitness landscapes, gene duplications, evolution of gene structure, population genetics

Brian Metscher

Senior Scientist

Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Developmental evolutionary biology (EvoDevo), microCT imaging for comparative embryology, evolution education

Wolfgang Miller

Professor

Center for Anatomy and Cell Biology, Medical University of Vienna

Subjects:

Evolutionary long- and shortterm dynamics of mobile genetic elements and endosymbiotic bacteria such as Wolbachia in different insect host systems

Elmira Mohandesan

Group Leader

Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Ancient DNA (paleogenomics), animal domestication, population genetics, phylogenetics, and conservation biology

Gerd B. Müller

Professor emeritus, President

Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Vienna and Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, Klosterneuburg

Subjects:

Theoretical biology of evo-devo

Hans-Leo Nemeschkal

Professor, Curator of the Zoological Collection

Department of Evolutionary Biology /Division of Theoretical Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Morphological evolution, biometrics, pleiotropy and morphological integration, phenotypic plasticity, sexual selection, assortative mating

Hannes F. Paulus

Professor emeritus

Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Evolution of communication in insect – plant pollination systems; biology, phylogeny and population biology of the sexual deceptive orchid genus Ophrys

Ovidiu Paun

Associate Professor

Department for Botany and Biodiversity Research, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Plant ecological genomics, gene expression, epigenetics,<br /> genome evolution, polyploidy and hybridization

Mihaela Pavlicev

Professor

Department of Evolutionary Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Evolutionary quantitative genetics, complex adaptation, mammalian (female) reproduction, genotype-phenotype map, developmental evolution (devo-evo), pleiotropy, context-dependency, cell-type evolution

Dustin Penn

Dustin Penn

Senior Scientist

Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Department of Interdisciplinary Life Sciences, Vetmeduni Vienna

Subjects:

Behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology, including sexual selection, kin recognition, host-pathogen coevolution, MHC polymorphisms, life history evolution

Jillian Petersen

Assistant Professor

Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Evolutionary ecology, host-microbe interactions, marine symbiosis, nitrogen fixation, symbiont genome evolution, evolution and maintenance of microbial strain diversity

Ron Pinhasi

Associate Professor

Ancient DNA Laboratory, Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Human evolution, ancient DNA, prehistoric archaeology, physical anthropology

Florian Raible

Group Leader

Max Perutz Labs/ University of Vienna

Subjects:

Evolution of animal hormone systems, hormonal control of reproduction and regeneration in the bristle worm Platynereis dumerilii, cellular mechanisms and evolution of bristle formation in Lophotrochozoa

Christa Schleper

Professor

Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics Division, Department of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Evolution and molecular biology of Archaea, microbial diversity and phylogeny, metagenomics and metatranscriptomics to study uncultivated microorganisms

Silvio Schueler

Head of Unit

Unit of Population Genetics and Provenance Research, Department of Genetics, Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape

Subjects:

Population genetics, quantitative genetics, spatial genetic structure, conservation genetics und phylogeography

Peter Schuster

Professor emeritus

Institute for Theoretical Chemistry, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Modeling evolution of molecules viruses and bacteria, sequence-structure relations in RNA molecules and fitness landscapes.

Horst Seidler

Professor emeritus

Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Palaeoanthropology, hominin evolution, human genetics

Karl Sigmund

Professor

Faculty for Mathematics, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Population dynamics, population ecology, population genetics, replicator dynamics, adaptive dynamics, game theoretic models for the evolution of cooperation

Oleg Simakov

Assistant Professor

Department of Neurosciences and Developmental Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Metazoan comparative genomics, synteny evolution, repetitive elements and transposons, functional genomics, development, cephalopods

Filipa L Sousa

Group Leader

Archaea Biology and Ecogenomics Division, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Early bioenergetics evolution, Archaea metabolism, microbial physiology and evolution, bioinformatics

Christian Stauffer

Professor

Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna

Subjects:

Molecular Ecology, Phylogeography, Co-Evolution, Coleoptera, Endosymbionts

Kelly Swarts, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Vienna

Kelly Swarts

Group Leader

Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology, Vienna

Subjects:

Quantitative genetics, GxE, adaptation, population genetics, trait architecture, genomic prediction, high-throughput phenotyping, forest systems, maize

Ulrich Technau

Professor

Department of Neurosciences and Developmental Biology, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Molecular EvoDevo, evolution of complex body plans, in particular; evolutionary origin of triploblasty and bilaterality, sea anemone; Nematostella vectensis as developmental model

Kristin Tessmar-Raible

Group Leader

Max Perutz Labs

Subjects:

Molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying moon-controlled clocks and their interconnection with sun-controlled rhythms and clocks, evolution and adaptations of clock mechanisms, function of animal non-visual photoreceptor cells, light pollution

Claus Vogl

Assistant Professor

Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding, Vetmeduni Vienna

Subjects:

Biostatistics, bioinformatics, probabilistic modeling, gene expression analysis, statistical planning and analysis of biological experiments

Michael Wagner

Professor, Director

Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science, University of Vienna

Subjects:

Microbial evolution and diversity, structure-function analyses of microbial communities, ecophysiology of uncultured microbes, evolution of pathogenicity and intracellular life

Nayuta Yamashita

Group Leader

Institute of Population Genetics, Vetmeduni Vienna

Subjects:

Feeding ecology and behavior in Malagasy lemurs, dietary niche partitioning and sympatry, relationships of diet to masticatory apparatus in non-human primates

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