Curriculum vitae

Education

Mar 2012 – May 2016        PhD studies in Ecology and Evolution (summa cum laude)
Aquatic Ecology group at University of Bern and EAWAG and CMPG at University of Bern with Prof. Ole Seehausen and Prof. Laurent Excoffier
Thesis: The role of hybridization in adaptive radiation: Genomic insights from Lake Victoria cichlids.

Oct 2010 – Mar 2012          Master of Science in Ecology and Evolution (summa cum laude)
Population Genetics group at University of Bern with Prof. Gerald Heckel
Thesis: A new method to find gene incompatibilities in an intraspecific hybrid zone of the common vole.

July 2009 – Dec 2009          Semester abroad at University of Vermont

Sep 2007 – June 2010         Bachelor of Science in Biology (insigni cum laude)
Population Genetics group at University of Bern with Prof. Gerald Heckel
Thesis: A Y-chromosomal approach to the phylogeny of Microtus voles.


Publications

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Keynote talks

Aug, 2019        Keynote talk at the Humboldt 250 Joint Meeting of the International Biogeography Society and the Latin American Congress of Biogeography in Quito, Ecuador

Oct, 2017          Keynote talk at the annual meeting of Population Ecology in Fukuoka, Japan

Dec, 2017         Keynote talk at the symposium on “Hybridization – causes and consequences for speciation” in Oslo, Norway

Apr, 2017          Invited talk at the Awards Ceremony of the Swiss Biology Olympiads, Bern, Switzerland


Invited departmental or symposium talks

Aug, 2019 Departmental seminar at McGill University, Montreal, Canada

June, 2019       Departmental seminar at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Edinburgh, UK

Mar, 2019        Departmental seminar at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at University of Berkeley, USA (watch it here)

Feb, 2019         Departmental seminar at Collège de France in Paris, France

Apr, 2018         Institute seminar on “The reticulate evolution of Lake Victoria cichlids” at University of Basel, Switzerland

Mar, 2018        Invited seminar on “Reshuffling of old variation facilitates rapid adaptive radiation in Lake Victoria cichlids” at the Speciation Genomics Meeting in Cambridge, UK

Feb, 2018         Institute seminar on “The reticulate evolution of Lake Victoria cichlid fishes” in Bern, Switzerland

Sep, 2017          Departmental highlight talk at EAWAG symposium, Dübendorf, Switzerland

Sep, 2017          Invited talk on at the Genetic Diversity Center Symposium of ETH Zürich, Switzerland


Awards and Grants

Oct, 2018        St John’s Research fellowship at University of Cambridge (4 years)

Feb, 2018       Faculty award for the best PhD thesis of the Department of Biology, University of Bern

Nov, 2017        Best poster award at the poster competition of the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Biogeochemistry (CEEB) at EAWAG, Switzerland

Feb, 2017         Nomination for the Eduard-Adolf Stein award by the Department of Biology at University of Bern (awarded every 3 years to the best PhD or habilitation thesis from the faculty of Science at University of Bern)

Feb, 2016          Best talk award at biology16, Swiss conference of organismic biology, in Lausanne

Jan, 2016           Swiss Zoological Society travel grant


Organization of Conferences and Symposia

March, 2021 Gordon Research Seminar on Speciation, Tuskany, Italy

March, 2020 Speciation Genomics Meeting, Cambridge, UK

March, 2020 Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Symposium, Cambridge, UK

March, 2019 Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Symposium, Cambridge, UK

August, 2018     Symposium on the “Consequences of hybridization: from swamping to speciation” at Evolution/ESEB 2018 in Montpellier, France

February, 2017 biology17 (Swiss annual conference on ecology, evolution and systematics) in Bern, CH

March, 2013 European Science Foundation FroSpects workshop Genetics & Genomics of Speciation in Kastanienbaum, CH

December, 2012 Symposium of Ecology and Evolution Doctoral Students (SEEDS) in Bern, CH

August, 2011 SymBioSE, a 10-days symposium of biology students in Europe


Teaching

2019 “Speciation Genomics” (5 days Physalia course) for an international group of students, postdocs and PIs together with Mark Ravinet in Québec City. Here, a link to our course homepage.

2018 “Speciation Genomics” ( 5 days Physalia course ) for an international group of students, postdocs and PIs together with Mark Ravinet in Berlin, Germany. Here, a link to our course homepage.

2016-2018 Supervision of a master student, two bachelor students, two interns at University of Bern, Switzerland

2017 “Speciation” for Bachelor students in Ecology and Evolution (4 x 3 hours) at University of Bern, Switzerland

2017 “Evolutionary Biodiversity Dynamics” for Bachelor students in Biology (8 lectures) at University of Bern, Switzerland

2016-2017 Bi-weekly course on bioinformatics for evolutionary genomics for graduate students and postdocs at University of Bern and EAWAG

2014-2016 Two-days course of Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis at University of Bern

2013 Teaching assistant at University of Bern, for the course “Programming and Data Analysis with R” (assistance with exercises and grading of exams)

Since 2010 Exam supervision and correction in evolution, speciation and population genetics courses for undergraduate students at University of Bern

Since 2008 Yearly teaching, exam devising and correcting at the Swiss Biology Olympiads in Genetics, Evolution and Population Genetics

2010-2012 Teaching assistant at University of Bern, for the course “Population Genetics” (assistance with exercises)

2010-2013 President of the Biology students society of the University of Bern


Conference Contributions

March, 2019 Poster at the Gordon Research Seminar and Congress on Speciation in Ventura, CA, USA

January, 2019 Oral presentation on “Hybridization fuels adaptive radiation in cichlid fishes” at PopGroup52 in Oxford, UK

November, 2019 Oral presentation on “The reticulate evolutionary history of cichlid fishes” at the speciation meeting at IST in Vienna, Austria

August, 2018 Poster at the Second Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology (Evolution 2018) on “Tracing back the evolutionary history of adaptive radiation genes through the tangled web of cichlids” in Montpellier, France

February, 2018 Oral presentation on “The reticulate evolution of Lake Victoria cichlids” at Biology18, Swiss conference of organismic biology, Neuchatel, Switzerland

August, 2017 Oral presentation at the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) conference on “Unravelling the genomic structure and the importance of hybridization in Lake Victoria cichlid fishes” in Groningen, Netherlands

February, 2017 Invited poster flash talk and poster on “Diversity of Lake Victoria cichlids evolved within the modern lake through rapid reshuffling of ancient variation” at the Gordon Research Congress on Speciation, Lucca, Italy

February, 2016 Oral presentation on “Ancient hybridization fuels cichlid adaptive radiations” at biology16, Swiss conference of organismic biology, in Lausanne, Switzerland (best talk award)

March, 2015 Invited poster flash talk and poster on “Ancient hybridization fuels cichlid adaptive radiations” at Gordon Research Congress on Speciation, Ventura, California, USA (best poster award)

February, 2015 Poster on “Evolutionary history of Lake Victoria red and blue Pundamilia cichlids” at Biology15, Swiss conference of organismic biology, Dübendorf, Switzerland

September, 2014 Oral presentation on “Evolutionary history and genetic architecture of divergence in Pundamilia cichlid fish” at the Conference about the Genomics of the Speciation Continuum in Fribourg, CH

January, 2014 Oral presentation on “Inferring the Evolutionary Origin of the Lake Victoria Region Cichlid Fishes” at the final meeting of the SNF Doctoral Program of Population Genomics in Lausanne, Switzerland

June, 2013 Poster at the Workshop about Bridging Theoretical and Experimental Evolution in La Fouly, Switzerland

March, 2013 Poster at the ProDoc Population Genomics retreat in Charmey, Switzerland

March, 2013 Poster on “Genetic architecture of adaptation along a speciation transect” at the European Science Foundation FroSpects workshop Genetics & Genomics of Speciation in Kastanienbaum, Switzerland

June, 2012 Oral presentation on “Population Genomics of Adaptive Radiation in East African Cichlids” at the Summer School of Bioinformatics & Population Genomics in Adelboden, Switzerland

March, 2012 Poster on “Population Genomics of Adaptive Radiation in East African Cichlids” at the Population Genomics retreat in Churwalden, Switzerland