Prof. Michael Hofreiter
Professor for Evolutionary Adaptive Genomics, University of Potsdam, Germany
Axel and Johanna worked as postdocs in Michi’s Adaptive Genomics Group, prior to establishing the Pleistocene Genomics Lab. We are indebted to his guidance and encouragement in forging our own path in the field of evolutionary genomics
Michi is interested in the genetic basis of animal adaptations and the effect of environmental changes on both neutral and adaptive genetic diversity, and is considered a world authority in the field of ancient DNA. We continue to collaborate with Michi across a wide range of projects and research areas.
Prof. Turi King
Professor of Public Engagement and Reader in Genetics and Archaeology, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Turi’s expertise is in the fields of Archaeology and human ancient DNA. She has led several high profile projects including the genetic identification of the remains of Richard III. We collaborate with Turi on a range of human palaeogenetics and population genomics studies.
Dr. Wolfgang Wüster
Senior Lecturer in Zoology, Bangor University, United Kingdom
Wolfgang is interested in the evolution of snake venom, and the phylogeography and systematics of tropical snakes. He is considered a world authority on venom evolution and the taxonomy of venomous snakes.
Wolfgang was Axel’s PhD supervisor, and we continue to collaborate with him on several phylogenetics and conservation genetics projects.
Dr. Daniel W. G. Förster
Head of Ecological Genomics, Leibniz-Institut für Zoo und Wildtierforschung (IZW), Berlin, Germany
Dan is interested in genome evolution, molecular ecology and conservation. He uses genomics and other high-throughput approaches to study Eurasian wildlife species. We collaborate with him on several evolutionary and conservation genetics projects involving museum and ancient samples.
Dr. Ioana Meleg
Researcher, Romanian Academy, “Emil Racovita” Institute of Speleology, Bucharest, Romania, and member of European Cave Protection Commission
Ioana is an evolutionary biologist and speleologist, with particular expertise in the ecology of Romanian caves and karst systems, as well as ancient DNA and palaeogenomics. We collaborate with Ioana on several cave bear palaeogenomics projects.