Claudius F. Kratochwil, Ph.D.

2021- Biology University of Helsinki, Helsingfors, Finland 
Evolutionary Genetics, Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, Gene Regulation, Epigenetics
"Claudius Kratochwil"

Claudius Kratochwil is a tenure-track group leader at the Institute for Biotechnology / Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) since January 2021. He is originally from Freiburg (Germany), where he also studied Biology between 2004 and 2008. During his diploma thesis, he investigated the development of the dopaminergic system in zebrafish in the lab of Wolfgang Driever. For his doctoral studies, he moved to Basel, Switzerland, and joined the lab of Filippo Rijli. In his Ph.D. he studied how transcription factors and epigenetic factors control the development of neural circuitry in the mouse brain. He was awarded his Ph.D. by the University of Basel in 2013. For his postdoc, he switched gears and joined the lab of Axel Meyer at the University of Konstanz to study the molecular and genomic basis of adaptation and speciation.

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Alexandra Faur research assistant 2021- Univ. Helsinki
Muktai Kuwalekar grad student 2021- Univ. Helsinki


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Deneen Wellik collaborator 2000-2013 (Neurotree)
Alain Chédotal collaborator 2010-2013 (Neurotree)
Botond M. Roska collaborator 2010-2013 (Neurotree)
Keisuke Yonehara collaborator 2010-2013 (Neurotree)
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Gerwin J, Urban S, Meyer A, et al. (2021) Of bars and stripes: a Malawi cichlid hybrid cross provides insights into genetic modularity and evolution of modifier loci underlying color pattern diversification. Molecular Ecology
Liang Y, Grauvogl M, Meyer A, et al. (2021) Functional conservation and divergence of color-pattern-related agouti family genes in teleost fishes. Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
Kautt AF, Kratochwil CF, Nater A, et al. (2020) Contrasting signatures of genomic divergence during sympatric speciation. Nature
Urban S, Nater A, Meyer A, et al. (2020) Different sources of allelic variation drove repeated color pattern divergence in cichlid fishes. Molecular Biology and Evolution
Liang Y, Meyer A, Kratochwil CF. (2020) Neural innervation as a potential trigger of morphological color change and sexual dimorphism in cichlid fish. Scientific Reports. 10: 12329
Maheshwari U, Kraus D, Vilain N, et al. (2020) Postmitotic Hoxa5 Expression Specifies Pontine Neuron Positional Identity and Input Connectivity of Cortical Afferent Subsets. Cell Reports. 31: 107767
Liang Y, Gerwin J, Meyer A, et al. (2020) Developmental and Cellular Basis of Vertical Bar Color Patterns in the East African Cichlid Fish . Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology. 8: 62
Kratochwil CF, Rijli FM. (2020) The Cre/Lox System to Assess the Development of the Mouse Brain. Methods in Molecular Biology (Clifton, N.J.). 2047: 491-512
Montiglio PO, Gotanda KM, Kratochwil CF, et al. (2019) Hierarchically embedded interaction networks represent a missing link in the study of behavioral and community ecology. Behavioral Ecology : Official Journal of the International Society For Behavioral Ecology. 31: 279-286
Kratochwil CF, Liang Y, Urban S, et al. (2019) Evolutionary dynamics of structural variation at a key locus for color pattern diversification in cichlid fishes. Genome Biology and Evolution
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