About the Division of Molecular Evolution and Development

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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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


FWF Grant awarded to Oleg Simakov!


New paper in Nature Ecology and Evolution for Ulrich Technau and Julia Steger as Co-Authors


Prof. Ulrich Technau and Prof. Christa Schleper featured in an article of the Austrian Press Agency

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