Claudia Bank

Principal investigator

Contact: evoldynamics [at]


I study evolution – and in particular, the population genetics of adaptation and speciation – at the interface between theoretical and empirical biology. The approaches I use involve theoretical modeling, computational methods, and statistical data analysis.

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Inês Fragata

Postdoctoral fellow

Contact: irfragata [at]

I am broadly interested in the mechanisms that allow populations to adapt to different environmental conditions (e.g. seasonal and/or clinal variation), particularly when there is some stochastic environmental variation.

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Alexandre Blanckaert

Postdoctoral fellow

Contact: blanckaert.a [at]

I’m really interested in evolution in general. I like to approach the different questions relative to evolution and speciation using a theoretical approach.

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Ana-Hermina Ghenu

PhD student (co-supervised by Isabel Gordo)

Contact: hermina.ghenu [at]

My general interest is understanding how evolutionary forces shape genomes. I am particularly fascinated by intragenomic conflict and adaptive evolution acting on genomic architecture.

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Marco Louro

PhD student (co-supervised by Mónica Bettencourt Dias)

Contact: mlouro [at]

My general interests lie in understanding the organizing principles of biological systems, namely at the cell and subcellular levels. For my PhD I am studying centrosome amplification in cancer.

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Massimo Amicone

PhD student (co-supervised by Isabel Gordo)

Contact: mamicone [at]

Generally speaking, my interests consist in understanding the mechanisms that are responsible for the origin and the maintenance of biological diversity, from the molecular up to the population level. I see evolution as a vertical bridge connecting the nested levels of biological systems and as a key to model their interactions.

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Mark Schmitz


Contact: kramred [at]

Proteins are essential for most aspects of living cells. These fascinating macromolecules are fundamental constituents of life as we know it. The amino acid sequence of a protein normally determines its three dimensional structure, which is often closely coupled to the fitness and function of the protein.

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Emma Berdan

Visiting postdoc (February/March 2018)

Contact: emma.berdan [at]

I am interested in speciation and adaptation genomics and I am currently working with the seaweed fly Coelopa frigida, and will be visiting the Evolutionary Dynamics lab as part of my Marie-Curie Fellowship.

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Lab Alumni

Andreia Teixeira


Contact: andteixeira [at]

I am interested in exploring the “why” for many things, but particularly for biological processes. I just finished my master’s in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology, and I am an insect lover, more specifically a social insect lover.

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Mariana Vidal Pinheiro

Summer project student

Contact: marianavidalpinheiro [at]

I am very interested in the mechanisms that drive evolution and how these evolutionary forces shape the genomes of individuals and populations.

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Telmo Cunha

Summer project student (2016)

I am very curious about the application of mathematical models to the description and prediction of biological phenomena.

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