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

  • Bratulic S., Toll-Riera M., Wagner A. (2017). Mistranslation can enhance fitness through purging of deleterious mutations. Nature Communications, 8:15410. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15410
  • Aguilar-Rodríguez J., Payne JL., Wagner A. (2017). A thousand empirical adaptive landscapes and their navigability. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 1(2):0045. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-016-0045
  • Fortuna MA., Zaman L., Ofria C., Wagner A. (2017). The genotype-phenotype map of an evolving digital organism. PLoS Computational Biology, 13(2):e1005414. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005414
  • 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
  • Wagner A. (2017). Information theory, evolutionary innovations and evolvability. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences, 372(1735):0416. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0416