PI Barbara Wallner
funding by FWF DK
My love and curiosity about nature directed me to study Molecular Biology and Genetics. During my bachelor studies, I realized the importance of organizing and analyzing experimental data and developing new tools to produce meaningful results from experiments. This led me to continue my studies in Bioinformatics, which is a fascinating field for me. In my master thesis, I analyzed whole-genome sequencing data to calculate the mutation rate per generation for modern horses in a collaboration with Vetmeduni Vienna.
In my Ph.D. project I try to analyze Y-chromosomal sequences of different mammals such as horses, sheep, and goats, to investigate male-driven demography and finding selection patterns. I will construct Y-chromosomal assemblies when needed and reconstruct Y-chromosomal haplotypes from NGS data. I will use both modern and ancient samples in my studies to better understand the geographic replacement of populations during time and space.