PI Christian Schlötterer
funding by FWF DK and Vetmeduni Vienna
My current Ph.D. research field is Experimental Evolution. In my Ph.D. project, I try to demonstrate polygenic adaptation from newly emerged (de novo) beneficial mutations in an experimental fruit fly population using a combination of next-generation sequencing and genome-engineering technology. After finding candidate beneficial mutations, they will be functionally tested by introducing these mutations to the wild-type genome.
My academic background is Molecular Biology. I have been awarded both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics undergraduate program by Istanbul Technical University (ITU) and the graduate program by Boğaziçi University in Turkey. In my bachelor’s I worked on longevity in yeast populations using an evolutionary engineering approach. During my master’s project, I studied cell differentiation in the developing Drosophila (fruit fly) eye using molecular methods.
My curiosity about evolutionary mechanisms and interest in computational biology drove me to an interdisciplinary place such as the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics!