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 as a Max Planck Research Group Leader.
Bemnet will come from Ethiopia and will work primarily on eco-physiology in Ethiopian populations of A. thaliana and A. alpina.
Ahmed Elfarargi completed his Masters at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He is working on the genetic basis and evolutionary history of drought tolerance and resistance in Cape Verde islands
Pádraic completed his PhD at the University of Wageningen in 2015 where he developed phenotyping techniques and mapped traits. He is now working on trait mapping in African A. thaliana populations using GWAS, bulk segregant analysis and complementation tests
Andrea completed his PhD in the Population Genetics PhD program in Vienna. Andrea is modeling the demographic and adaptive history of A. thaliana populations, with a focus on African populations.other African offshore islands.
Mehmet 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. Currently, he is working on the identifying structural variants and examining their evolutionary histories in A. thaliana populations
Nina manages the laboratory and helps to set up and manage experiments in the greenhouse and growth chambers.
Célia obtained her MSc from the University of Porto working in human population genetics. Currently, Célia is mapping the genetic basis of life history and photosynthetic traits in Arabidopsis thaliana populations from Cape Verde Islands. She is combining information across traits to identify trade-offs and to compare genetic architectures and distributions of effect sizes
Sofia completed her Masters in Bioinformatics at University of Bonn and started her PhD in the lab in autumn 2019. She is currently testing efficacy of different approaches for population genetic inference using spatially explicit population simulations.
Gulmairam joined the lab in summer 2019 and is working primarily to help collect data on fitness and seed traits in Cape Verde A. thaliana.
Emmanuel is working on reconstructing the history of adaptation to edaphic factors and the relationship to other organismal phenotypes in the Cape Verde Islands populations.
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 Cape Verdean Arabidopsis accessions, looking at the genetic basis of variation in chromatin structure, DNA methylation, and gene expression among accessions.
Former Lab members
Student Assistants, Masters students and Interns
Itzel came for an internship from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. She worked on quantifying trait variation in East African A. thaliana accessions.
George was a student assistant in the laboratory from 2018-2019 and worked primarily on phenotyping A. thaliana from altitudinal gradients.
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.
Katinka worked as a student assistant in the laboratory in 2017. Katinka worked mainly to measure seed traits in Cape Verde A. thaliana populations.
Victoria worked as a student assistant in the laboratory in 2016. Victoria worked primarily to characterise heterochromatin compaction phenotypes in Cape Verdean A. thaliana populations.
Weixuan was an Erasmus intern in the laboratory in 2018. Weixuan examined variation in flowering time, vernalisation requirement and photosynthetic parameters in a set of Afroalpine A. thaliana accessions.
Denitsa was a student assistant in the laboratory in 2018. Denitsa worked mainly on phenotyping A. thaliana populations from altitudinal gradients.