Kay Lucek – Principal investigator

Kay is an SNSF Eccellenza Assistent Professor at the University of Neuchâtel. His research aims to advance our understanding on how biodiversity evolves and is maintained. To address this  genomic tools are especially used, ranging from metabarcoding to whole genome sequencing. A key goal is to understand how chromosomes may be reshuffled and what happens when species come into contact again following their range expansions since the last ice age.

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Hannah Augustijnen – PhD student


The rates of speciation driven by chromosomal fusion and fission in Erebia butterflies

The evolutionary outcome of secondary contact in the E. tyndarus group

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Camille Cornet – PhD student


The genomic architecture of chromosomal fusion & fission in Erebia butterflies



Paula Escuer – PostDoc


The comparative (epi-)genomic architecture of chromosomal rearrangements in Lepidoptera

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Patrycja Jamelska – PhD student


The role of allochrony upon secondary contact in Erebia butterflies

Ashwini Mohan – Postdoc


The comparative (epi-)genomic architecture of chromosomal rearrangements in Carex

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Rongrong Zhang – Visiting PhD student


Genomic Mechanisms that maintain incomplete reproductive isolation of Bostrychus sinensis in the coastal sea of China

Former Lab Members

Hannah Augustijnen (PhD, 2019-2023), currently PostDoc at the University of Fribourg

Elias Trachsel (MSc 2022-2023)

Selim Bouaouina (MSc 2018-2019), currently PhD student at the Swiss TPH

Fanny Gagliardi (Research assistant, 2023-2024)