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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Kratochwil CF, Liang Y, Gerwin J, et al. (2022) Comparative ontogenetic and transcriptomic analyses shed light on color pattern divergence in cichlid fishes. Evolution & Development
Nacif CL, Kratochwil CF, Kautt AF, et al. (2022) Molecular parallelism in the evolution of a master sex-determining role for the anti-mullerian hormone receptor 2 gene (amhr2) in Midas cichlids. Molecular Ecology
Kratochwil CF, Kautt AF, Rometsch SJ, et al. (2022) Benefits and limitations of a new genome-based PCR-RFLP genotyping assay (GB-RFLP): A SNP-based detection method for identification of species in extremely young adaptive radiations. Ecology and Evolution. 12: e8751
Urban S, Gerwin J, Hulsey CD, et al. (2022) The repeated evolution of stripe patterns is correlated with body morphology in the adaptive radiations of East African cichlid fishes. Ecology and Evolution. 12: e8568
Kratochwil CF, Kautt AF, Nater A, et al. (2022) An intronic transposon insertion associates with a trans-species color polymorphism in Midas cichlid fishes. Nature Communications. 13: 296
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
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