Andreas Wagner

Research Interests

Evolutionary innovation and adaptation in genes, genomes, and molecular networks; genetic robustness and evolvability; evolution by gene duplication; cryptic variation; cooperation and innovation in molecular systems; evolutionary dynamics of transposable elements; conceptual foundations of evolutionary theory; systems biology and evolution of regulatory and signaling circuits


Education and Professional Positions

2011 - present Professor, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University Zurich, Switzerland
2007 - present Group Leader, Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
2006 - 2010 Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2002 - 2006 Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, USA
2004 - 2005 Visiting Scientist, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, Bures-sur-Yvette, France
1999 - present External Professor, The Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico, USA
1998 - 2002 Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, USA
1996 - 1998 Postdoctoral Fellow, The Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico, USA
1996 Visiting Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
1995 - 1996 Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin, Germany
1991 - 1995 Ph.D., Department of Biology, Yale University, USA
1994 M. Phil., Department of Biology, Yale University, USA
1990 M.Sc., Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Vienna, Austria

Selected Publications

  • Wagner A. (2017) 1000 empirical adaptive landscapes and their navigability. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1, 0045. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-016-0045
  • Wagner A. (2017) The white-knight hypothesis, or does the environment limit innovations? Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32(2):131-140. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2016.10.017
  • Hosseini SR., Martin OC., Wagner A. (2016) Phenotypic innovation through recombination in genome-scale metabolic networks. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 283(1839):20161536. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.1536
  • Toll-Riera M., San Millan A., Wagner A., MacLean RC. (2016) The genomic basis of metabolic evolutionary innovation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. PLoS Genet. 12(5):e1006005. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006005
  • Wagner A., Ortman S., Maxfield R. (2016) From the primordial soup to self-driving cars: standards and their role in natural and technological innovation. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 13(115):20151086. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2015.1086