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I am a population geneticist interested in the evolution and maintenance of genetic diversity in natural populations. My focus is on the interplay of gene flow with natural selection, on how recombination mediates the effect of selection across genes, and on the impact of demography on the efficacy of natural selection. I study these interactions because they are key to better understanding local adaptation and speciation and because they inform us about the principal processes that create biological variation.
Unprecedented progress in DNA sequencing technology has shaped population genetics into a data-driven discipline. This offers novel opportunities to address long-standing questions in evolutionary biology, but requires appropriate models and innovative methodologies that apply to a genomic scale. Combining mathematics, population-genetic theory, and computational approaches, I build and analyse such models. I design inference procedures and apply them to a range of study systems in plants and animals, including humans.
Keywords: population genomics, speciation, local adaptation, human evolution, natural selection, gene flow, demographic inference, recombination
|2017 - present||Independent Research Fellow, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland|
|2017||Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland, with Prof. Dr. Laurent Excoffier|
|2014 - 2016||Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Evolution and Ecology, University of California (UC) Davis, California, USA, with Prof. Dr. Graham Coop. Swiss NSF Advanced Postdoc.Mobility Fellow. Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Population Biology, UC Davis|
|2011 - 2013||Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematics, University of Vienna, Austria, with Prof. Dr. Reinhard Bürger|
|2008 - 2011||Graduate studies (Ph.D.), Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK; Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria; Advisor: Prof. Dr. Nick Barton|
|2007||Research Assistant, Zoological Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland, with Prof. Dr. Lukas Keller|
|2003 - 2007||M.Sc. in Zoology, Zoological Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Advisor: Prof. Dr. Lukas Keller|
|2001 - 2003||Undergraduate studies in Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland|