PhD Students

Louise Arathoon

I am studying inbreeding depression and its role in maintaining self-incompatibility in a wild plant (Antirrhinum majus) population.
2014-2017 Bachelor, Maastricht Science Programme
2017- PhD student, IST Austria
Teaching Experience
2018 Core Course, teaching assistant. Interdisciplinary course aimed at all first year PhD students
2019 Probability and Statistic for Life Scientists, teaching assistant. Introductory course aimed at teaching the fundamentals of probability and statistics to life science Phd students

Stefanie Belohlavy

I’m currently interested in the application of quantitative genetics theory to artificial selection experiments.
2008-2012 B.Sc. Physics, University of Vienna
2012-2015 Master student Nanobiophysics, TU Dresden
Master thesis in Vasily Zaburdaev’s group at the MPI of Physics of Complex Systems
2015- PhD student at IST Austria in Nick Barton’s group

Michal Hledik

Kseniia Khudiakova

Lenka Matejovicova

I am here to apply mathematical and statistical methods into biology while being fully aware of the biological context. At the moment, I am analysing the variation in flower pattern. I am particularly interested in proportion of variation that cannot be explained by the effect of known major loci.
2009-2012 Applied Mathematics, Comenius University in Bratislava
Thesis: Modelling immune response to viral infection
2012-2013 MPhil in Computational Biology, University of Cambridge
Thesis: Towards inferring trees from cancer samples with subclonal copy number aberrations
PhD at IST Austria
Teaching Experience
2015 Modelling course, teaching assistant. Grading and helping with designing assignments, recitations. Teaching award for the best teaching assistant of the year 2014/2015 
2016 Mathematics refresher, teaching assistant. Grading and designing assignments, help with the course design, recitations, extended lecture on the basics of statistical inference

Oluwafunmilola Olusanya

Gemma Puixeu Sala

My research focus is the study of evolutionary causes and consequences of sex differences. I am interested in understanding 1) why sexual conflict remains pervasive in spite of the existance of mechanisms to resolve it and 2) what the consequences of such long-standing conflict are, particularly in terms of biomedical implications. I am using a combination of theroy and bioinformatic data analyses to answer these questions.
2012-2016 Bachelor in Genetics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain Thesis: Sexual Dimorphism: evolution and biomedical implications
2016- PhD student at IST Austria
Teaching Experience
2017-2018 IST Core Course, teaching assistant. Course aimed at all first year PhD students, focusing on fostering interdisciplinary research  
2018 Mathematics refresher, teaching assistant. Course designed to (re-)introduce mathematical concepts to students with biological background.

Parvathy Surendranadh

I am mainly interested in spatial population genetics, where I study the effects of heterogeneous population structure in shaping genetic variation. This includes both developing theory and applying it to spatial genetic data. I am also interested in generating better inference methods that can explain the data and further be used to infer demography by analysing signatures of population structure.  
2013- 2018 BS- MS Dual Degree in Mathematics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali , India
Thesis: Reversibility of Evolution : A simulation and mathematical approach
2018 – PhD Student, IST Austria
Teaching Experience
2019, 2020 Introduction to Biology (TA). Introductory course aimed at students with no or little knowledge in biology

Eniko Szep

I am interested in adaptation in metapopulation models, and in its role in speciation. I study the joint dynamics of ecological and evolutionary processes and their effects on each other.
2005-2009 high school, Vörösmarty Mihály Gimnázium, Érd
2009-2012 BSc in Mathematics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Thesis: On the Bessis-Moussa-Villani Conjecture
Supervisor: Prof. Denes Petz
2012-2014 MSc in Theoretical Mathematics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Thesis: Scaling limit of colliding Brownian motions
Supervisor: Prof. Balint Toth
2014-present PhD Student in Prof. Nick Barton’s Group
Teaching Experience
2011-2014 Budapest University of Technology and Economics – grading the homework of the students in mathematics – calculus discussion sessions for electrical and civil engineer students
2016 IST Austria – Teaching Assistant in Quantitative Approaches to Evolution