Scientific Staff

Joachim Hermisson

joachim.hermisson@univie.ac.at
T +43 1 4277 50648 & mobile +43 664 60277 50648
Room 09.121 (OMP1)

Joachim studied Physics and Philosophy in Tübingen and Göttingen and did a PhD on Quantum Phase Transitions before he switched to model Real Life. He worked with Günter Wagner at Yale and started his own group in Munich in 2002 with the help of an Emmy Noether research grant by the German Research Foundation (DFG). In October 2007, he started his position as a Professor of Mathematics and Biosciences at the University of Vienna.

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Himani Sachdeva

himani.sachdeva@univie.ac.at
T +43 1 4277 50427
Room 09.136 (OMP1)

Himani studied physics and obtained her PhD in statistical physics from TIFR Mumbai. She then switched to theoretical population and evolutionary genetics for her postdoctoral work at IST Austria.
Her research focuses on how polygenic selection (i.e., natural selection involving multiple genes) shapes adaptation within populations and genetic differentiation between populations.
Specific projects relate to understanding a) the effects of linkage between genes during polygenic adaptation b) the evolutionary interplay between genetic architecture and mating system c) the effects of polygenic adaptation on the eco-evolutionary dynamics of sub-divided and marginal populations.

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Ilse Höllinger

ilse.hoellinger@univie.ac.at
Room 09.121 (OMP1)

During her PhD and PostDoc with Joachim Hermisson and as part of the Graduate School of Population Genetic, Vienna, Ilse has been working on the following topics:
First, she and Joachim analysed a model of parapatric speciation, where a DMI (Dobhansky-Muller-incompatibility) establishes on a pair/or combination of autosomes, sex chromosomes or in an organelle. They investigated how such hybrid incompatibilities may lead to incipient speciation under ongoing weak migration.
Second, Ilse has worked on polygenic adaptation, including adaption of various complex traits, e.g. binary traits like resistance or classic quantitative trait. With others, she has derived a model to predict the resulting adaptive architecture underlying phenotypic evolution of such complex traits, where they found that emerging genetic footprints of adaption solely rely on trait wide background mutation rates. The resulting patterns range from classical selective sweeps with low mutation rates, partial sweeps or subtle frequency shifts for large mutation rates.

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Independent Group Leader

Jitka Polechová

jitka.polechova@univie.ac.at
T +43 1 4277 55733
Room 09.138 (OMP1)

Jitka is an evolutionary ecologist. A biologist by training, she has been working on various aspects of speciation and species’ range dynamics. She has obtained her PhD in Zoology in 2005 from the Charles University in Prague. In 2015 she has been awarded Elise Richter Fellowship at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Vienna to work on evolutionary ecology of species’ ranges.
Jitka's research focuses on advancing theory to address fundamental questions in evolutionary ecology and specifically, on the evolution of species' ranges. She employs both analytical and numerical treatments for models that combine population genetics with ecological dynamics.

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Students

Hannah Götsch

hannah.goetsch@univie.ac.at
T +43 1 4277 50791
Room 06.139 (OMP1)

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Krzysztof Stankiewicz

krzysztof.stankiewicz@univie.ac.at
T +43 1 4277 50437
Room 06.139 (OMP1)

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Benjamin Wölfl

benjamin.woelfl@univie.ac.at
T +43 1 4277 50437
Room 06.139 (OMP1)

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Administration

Michael Dorninger

michael.dorninger@univie.ac.at
T +43 1 4277 50777
Rooms 10.140 and EG.308 (OMP1)

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Former members

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Claudia Bank
Angela Hancock
Ines Hellmann
Michael Kopp
Peter Pfaffelhuber
Claus Rueffler
Hannes Svardal
Hildegard Uecker
Meike Wittmann