Mathematics and
BioSciences Group

University of Vienna

Faculty of Mathematics
Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1
A-1090 Vienna, Austria

Max F. Perutz Laboratories
Dr. Bohrgasse 9
A-1030 Vienna, Austria


    Joachim Hermisson
    Sylvain Mousset
    Jitka Polechová
    Meike Wittmann



    Software (msms)



Press & Public




Joachim Hermisson - Curriculum Vitae

Home    Publications    CV    Teaching     


2006 Habilitation, Evolutionary Biology, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich
1999 Dr. rer. nat., Theoretical Physics, summa cum laude, University of Tübingen
1995 Diploma, Physics, University of Göttingen
1990 - 1995     Studies in Physics and Philosophy, Universities of Tübingen and Göttingen

Academic and Research Appointments

since 2012 Professor for Mathematics and Biology, University of Vienna
2007 - 2012 Professor, Vienna Science Chair for Mathematics and Biosciences
2002 - 2007 Research Group Leader, Emmy Noether excellence program, Biology, Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich
2000 - 2002 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (PI: G.P. Wagner)
1999 - 2000     Postdoctoral Fellow, Theoretical Physics, University of Tübingen (PI: M. Baake)

Honors, Awards, and Grants

2014 Genomic patterns of adaptive gene introgression (FWF), project within the Vienna Graduate School for Population Genetics.
2012 Population genetics of hybrid zones and introgression (EU), project funded within the EU Marie Curie Initial Training Network INTERCROSSING.
2011 The genetic signature of phenotypic selection (DFG), project within the DFG research unit FOR 1078 "Natural selection in structured populations".
2009 Population genetics of inter-specific adaptation and differentiation (FWF), project within the Vienna Graduate School for Population Genetics.
2008 The signature of selection in structured populations (DFG), project within the DFG research unit FOR 1078 "Natural selection in structured populations".
2006 WWTF grant for Vienna Science Chair
2006 Graduate Program Award, VolkswagenStiftung Innovative teaching competition, grant for a Master- and PhD program in evolution, ecology, and systematics
2002 - 2007 Emmy Noether group leader fellowship, DFG excellence program, includes funding of a research group (2 Postdocs, 2 PhD students)
2000 - 2002 Emmy Noether postdoctoral fellowship, DFG excellence program
1999 Doctoral Prize, best PhD in Physics in 1998/99, University of Tübingen
1996 - 1998 PhD scholarship, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes
1993 - 1996     Scholarship, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

Research Interests

Theoretical population genetics, mathematical biology, molecular evolution and adaptation, coalescent theory, gene interactions (epistasis), theory of speciation, evolution of the genotype-phenotype map, robustness/canalization, evolvability.

Teaching Experience

Lectures: Mathematics for Biologists (1st year) 2003/04, 2004/05;
Evolution (graduate, general introduction) 2004/05
Statistics for Ecologists and Evolutionists (lecture and computer practical) 2003, 2004, 2005
Scientific Presentation (lecture and practical course) 2006/07
Population genetics (introduction, lecture and practical course) 2008, 2009
Mathematical Population Genetics (graduate course, mathematics) 2010, 2013, 2014/2015
Stochastic Models in Evolution (graduate course, mathematics) 2011
Biomathematics and Game Theory (undergraduate course, mathematics) 2012, 2014
Mathematical Ecology (graduate course, mathematics) 2012/13, 2015/2016
Molecular Population Genetics (graduate course, mathematics) 2013, 2014
Advanced topics in Population Genetics (graduate course, mathematics) 2013/2014
Aspects of Mathematics (undergraduate course,mathematics) 2014/2015
Seminar: Theory in Ecology and Evolution (graduate level) 2005, 2005/06
Coalescent Theory (graduate summer course) 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012
Theoretical Population Genetics (graduate level, mathematics) each term since 2008
Mathematical Population Genetics (graduate level, mathematics) each tearm since 2008/2009
Stochastic Models in Population Genetics (graduate level, mathematics) 2009/10
Study Group Mathematical Biology (graduate level) each term since 2012/2013
Molecular Population Genetics (graduate level, mathematics) 2013, 2014
Bachelor seminar (undergraduate level, mathematics) 2014, 2014/2015
Mathematical Ecology (graduate level, mathematics) 2015/16
Tutorials:     Analysis I (1st year mathematics) 1995, 1996
Mathematical Methods in the Sciences (3rd year physics) 1994/95

Other Experience

2013 - Organizer of the Mind the Gap IV Conference, Vienna, Austria
2012 - Associate Editor for Genetics
2009 - 2012 Associate Editor for Evolution
2009 - 2012 Member of the Editorial Board for Heredity
April 2008     Co-organizer of the workshop on Mathematical Biology, Erwin Schrödinger Institute (ESI), Vienna, Austria
2006 - 2007     Chair of the Munich Graduate Program for Evolution, Ecology, and Systematics
April 2002 Organizer of the workshop on Detection and Evolution of Genetic Robustness, Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Referee for Acta Applicandae Mathematicae, Austrian Science Foundation (FWF), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), European Research Council (ERC), Leverhulme Trust (UK), National Science Foundation USA, Schweizer Nationalfonds (SNF), Templeton Foundation, Acta Biotheoretica, American Naturalist, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Evolution, Genetics, Genome Biology, Heredity, eLife, International Journal of Plant Sciences, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, Journal of Mathematical Biology, Journal of Physics A, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Molecular Ecology, Nature, Physical Biology, Physica E, Physical Review E, Physical Review Letters, Science, PLoS Biology, PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Genetics, PLoS One, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Theory in Biosciences, Theoretical Population Biology.