Thomas Flatt

Professor, and department vice president

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Professor, and department vice president



Thomas Flatt is Professor of Evolutionary Biology in the Department of Biology at the University of Fribourg; he also holds a DFG Mercator Fellowship and Visiting Professorship at the University of Münster. He currently serves as the vice head of the department, the head of the Fribourg Graduate School of Life Sciences (FGLS), and the head of the CUSO inter-university doctoral program in ecology & evolution. Thomas' research interests are the genomic basis of adaptation, the evolution life histories and aging, and population genetics. Prior to his position in Fribourg, he was a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Lausanne (2012-17), a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin (2012), and faculty member of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics and a tenured group leader at the Institute of Population Genetics in Vienna (2009-12). Between 2004 and 2008, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University with Prof. Marc Tatar and a visiting postdoc with Prof. Neal Silverman at UMass Medical School, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Roche Research Foundation. Thomas received his Ph.D. from Fribourg in 2004 (supervisor: Prof. Tadeusz Kawecki); he obtained his M.Sc. from the University of Basel in 1999 (supervisor: Prof. Stephen Stearns), for work done at the University of Sydney with Prof. Richard Shine.

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