Curriculum vitae

Research experience and education

Sep 2020 – Sep 2025: Branco Weiss Fellow at University of Cambridge
Highly competitive fellowship providing 100,000 CHF each year during 5 years.

Oct 2018 – Sep 2021: Bateson Research Fellow at St John’s College, University of Cambridge
Highly competitive fellowship providing salary for four years of independent research. I have now completed the first of four years.

Aug 2016 – Aug 2018: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Bern
Named postdoc on a Swiss NSF grant I co-wrote with Prof Ole Seehausen to upscale my PhD work on the rapid adaptive radiation of Lake Victoria cichlid fishes.

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, 2019Keynote talk at the Humboldt 250 Joint Meeting of the International Biogeography Society and the Latin American Congress of Biogeography in Quito, Ecuador
Oct, 2017Keynote talk at the annual meeting of Population Ecology in Fukuoka, Japan
Dec, 2017Keynote talk at the symposium on “Hybridization – causes and consequences for speciation” in Oslo, Norway
Apr, 2017Invited talk at the Awards Ceremony of the Swiss Biology Olympiads, Bern, Switzerland

Invited departmental or symposium talks

Aug, 2020Zoom-Seminar at University Punjabi, India
Aug, 2020Zoom-Seminar at Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
June, 2020Zoom-Seminar at University of Berkeley, USA
Jan, 2020Departmental seminar at CNRS, France
Aug, 2019Departmental seminar at McGill University, Montreal, Canada
June, 2019Departmental seminar at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Edinburgh, UK
Mar, 2019Departmental seminar at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at University of Berkeley, USA (watch it here)
Feb, 2019Departmental seminar at Collège de France in Paris, France
Apr, 2018Institute seminar on “The reticulate evolution of Lake Victoria cichlids” at University of Basel, Switzerland
Mar, 2018Invited seminar on “Reshuffling of old variation facilitates rapid adaptive radiation in Lake Victoria cichlids” at the Speciation Genomics Meeting in Cambridge, UK
Feb, 2018Institute seminar on “The reticulate evolution of Lake Victoria cichlid fishes” in Bern, Switzerland
Sep, 2017Departmental highlight talk at EAWAG symposium, Dübendorf, Switzerland
Sep, 2017Invited talk on at the Genetic Diversity Center Symposium of ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Awards and Grants

Sept, 2020Branco Weiss Fellowship (500,000 CHF)
Oct, 2018St John’s Research fellowship at University of Cambridge (4 years salary)
Feb, 2018Faculty award for the best PhD thesis of the Department of Biology, University of Bern
Nov, 2017Best poster award at the poster competition of the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Biogeochemistry (CEEB) at EAWAG, Switzerland
Feb, 2016Best talk award at biology16, Swiss conference of organismic biology, in Lausanne
Jan, 2016Swiss Zoological Society travel grant (CHF 1,000)
Mar, 2015Best poster award at the GRC on Speciation, Ventura, USA

Organization of Conferences and Symposia

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Mar
2020
Virtual seminar series on Heliconius butterflies
Mar, 2021Gordon Research Seminar on Speciation, Tuskany, Italy
Mar, 2020Speciation Genomics Meeting, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Mar, 2020Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Symposium (EGGS), Cambridge, United Kingdom
Mar, 2019Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics Symposium (EGGS), Cambridge, United Kingdom
Aug, 2018Symposium on the “Consequences of hybridization: from swamping to speciation” at Evolution/ESEB 2018 in Montpellier, France
Feb,
2017
biology17 (Swiss annual conference on ecology, evolution and systematics) in Bern, Switzerland
Mar, 2013European Science Foundation FroSpects workshop Genetics & Genomics of Speciation in Kastanienbaum, Switzerland
Dec,
2012
Symposium of Ecology and Evolution Doctoral Students (SEEDS) in Bern, Switzerland
Aug, 2011SymBioSE, a 10-days symposium of biology students in Europe in Basel, Switzerland

Conference Contributions

Jan, 2020PopGroup53 in Leicester, United KingdomOral presentation on “Linked-read analysis of Heliconius hybrid zones with shifted clines”
Mar, 2019Gordon Research Seminar and Congress on Speciation in Ventura, CA, USAPoster on “Hybridisation and adaptive radiation in Lake Victoria cichlid fishes”
Jan, 2019PopGroup52 in Oxford, United KingdomOral presentation on “Hybridization fuels adaptive radiation in cichlid fishes”
Nov, 2019Speciation meeting at IST in Vienna, AustriaOral presentation on “The reticulate evolutionary history of cichlid fishes”
Aug, 2018Second Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology / Evolution in Montpellier, FrancePoster on “Tracing back the evolutionary history of adaptive radiation genes through the tangled web of cichlids”
Feb, 2018Biology18 in Neuchatel, SwitzerlandOral presentation on “The reticulate evolution of Lake Victoria cichlids”
Aug, 2017European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) in Groningen, NetherlandsOral presentation on “Unravelling the genomic structure and the importance of hybridization in Lake Victoria cichlid fishes”
Feb, 2017Gordon Research Congress on Speciation, Lucca, ItalyInvited poster flash talk and poster on “Diversity of Lake Victoria cichlids evolved within the modern lake through rapid reshuffling of ancient variation”
Feb, 2016Biology16 in Lausanne, Switzerland (best talk award)Oral presentation on “Ancient hybridization fuels cichlid adaptive radiations”
Mar, 2015Gordon Research Congress on Speciation, Ventura, California, USA (best poster award)Invited poster flash talk and poster on “Ancient hybridization fuels cichlid adaptive radiations”
Feb, 2015Biology15 in Dübendorf, SwitzerlandPoster on “Evolutionary history of Lake Victoria red and blue Pundamilia cichlids”
Sep, 2014Genomics of the Speciation Continuum in Fribourg, SwitzerlandOral presentation on “Evolutionary history and genetic architecture of divergence in Pundamilia cichlid fish”