My research focuses on evolutionary population dynamics, aging and life history-evolution. I am interested how the environment, the genetics, and random events influence the lives of individuals and how these individual outcomes then determine changes at the population level. To achieve this I am developing demographic models and test these using longitudinal data collected in the wild or a simple bacteria system. I also work on human aging using citizen science projects to evaluate perceived age (how old you look) as a biomarker of aging.
Examples of recent bachelor projects
- Evolution of antibiotic resistance in a competitive environment. (bachelor, Pharmacy, 2018)
- Interspecific competition on artificial nest box use between the common dormouse and the yellow necked mouse. (Masters, biology 2018)
-Single cell studies of antibiotic persistence in E.coli (Masters, biology 2017)
Suggestion for coming bachelor projects (Biology):
Your interest in a subject is more important than what I suggest, so if you are generally interested in the topics I work on please stop by the office and we can see what you could potentially do.
- Population dynamics in bacteria; scaling individual to population level processes.
- Where do all the differences come from? Variability in fitness components.
- How old do I look and how am I biologically? Biomarkers of aging in humans.
- Luck or no luck. Distinguishing chance and inherent differences among individuals.
Bachelor and MSc projects which are available:
• Examples of bachelor and MSc projects that furture students can sign up for. Give a very short description of the projects and a time span where that project can be done.
Contacts to external companies and possible Internships
I have an extensive international network of scientific collaborators. Including various running exciting field projects. I have less contacts to industry partners.