Angela completed her PhD at the University of Chicago in the Department of Human Genetics with Anna Di Rienzo, where she identified signals of local adaptation in response to the environment in worldwide human populations. As a postdoctoral researcher with Joy Bergelson at the University of Chicago, she examined population structure and adaptive evolution in Arabidopsis thaliana. In 2011, she moved to Vienna to continue working on population genetics and evolutionary questions in Arabidopsis, first as a postdoctoral fellow with Joachim Hermisson and then as a group leader at the Max F. Perutz Labs. In 2016, Angela moved to the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne.
Pádraic completed his PhD at the University of Wageningen in 2015 where he worked on developing high-throughput phenotyping techniques, mapping and adaptive evolution related to herbicide resistance. He is now working on a variety of questions related to natural variation in A. thaliana populations, including accessions he has collected across Ireland and more recently in Africa.
Andrea is modeling the demographic and adaptive history of A. thaliana populations in the Cape Verde Islands and other African offshore islands.
Mehmet joined to our group in September 2016. He obtained his MSc degree from Izmir Institute of Technology under the supervision of Anne Frary and Jens Allmer. He mainly worked on de-novo genome assembly and identification of new genomic markers for three crops including: Spinacia oleracea, Faba bean and Corylus avellana. Furthermore, he also worked on identification of pathways for Boron hyperaccumulation in Puccinella distans. Currently, he is working on the genomics of structural variation in African Arabiodpsis
Nina manages the laboratory and helps to set up and manage experiments in the greenhouse and growth chambers.
Célia obtained her Master’s from the University of Porto. Célia is working on mapping dormancy and flowering time in Arabidopsis populations from Cape Verde Islands.
Johan joined the group in July 2016. He obtained his PhD with Dr. Franziska Turck, working on epigenetic transcriptional regulation of FLOWERING LOCUS T in Arabidopsis thaliana and genome-wide identification of transcriptional enhancers in maize (Zea mays) using DNase-seq, RNA-seq, and ChIP-seq. He works now on epigenetic variation within African Arabidopsis accessions, looking at variation in chromatin structure, DNA methylation, and gene expression among accessions. His objective is to determine whether variation in chromatin and epigenetic features can affect gene expression in the context of local adaptation. The data obtained will also be used to perform genome-wide association studies (GWAS) to identify loci associated with variation in developmental traits.
Former Lab members
Arun came as a summer student and stayed on to work on population genetics of African Arabidopsis thaliana. Arun is now a PhD student in the Lohmueller Lab at UCLA.