« Seen in the light of evolution, biology is, perhaps, intellectually the most satisfying and inspiring science »
Theodosius Dobzhansky, 1973


As an evolutionary biologist, I have always been fascinated by the diversity of living organisms, especially understanding how this diversity arises and how it is maintained over time. I am particularly interested in deciphering the molecular mechanisms underlying adaptation, diversification and speciation. I mainly use molecular methods such as genome sequencing to answer these questions, but I also have developed strong interests in ecology, taxonomy and systematics.

Currently, I am working on deciphering molecular mechanisms underlying deep-sea adaptation in brittle stars, a very diverse group of marine invertebrates.

Ophioderma longicauda C3 (photo: F. Zuberer)