The Department

How complex animal body plans could arise in evolution is one of the fundamental questions in biology. We address this question by investigating the underlying genomic, molecular and developmental processes that led to the diversification of animal body plans. We use cnidarians (jellyfish, corals and anemones) as model organisms to understand the evolution of key bilaterian features: bilaterality, central nervous systems and three germ layers.  Read more

Comparative and experimental genomics of birds and flies is used to reveal the mechanisms leading to the evolution and differentiation of sex chromosomes.  Read more

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Nature Ecology and Evolution paper on ancient genome architecture by Bob Zimmermann, Nicolas Robert, Ulrich Technau and Oleg Simakov


FWF grant awarded to Grigory Genikhovich


Oleg Simakov has been named a Whitman Center Early Career Fellow


Prof. Ulrich Technau was elected as a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences


Luohao Xu and Qi Zhou et al. published their work in Nature Ecology and Evolution on songbird sex chromosome evolution.


Prof. Ulrich Technau is now an ambassador for Young Science

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