Axel Janke
Prof. Dr. Axel Janke

Dr. Maria Nilsson-Janke - Genome-wide Analysis of Marsupial Retroposons
Fritjof Lammers - PhD Student - Bioinformatic tools for studying long-scale changes in biodiversity (Phylogeny) and their correlation with environmental changes 
Dr. Vikas Kumar - PostDoc - Genome Evolution in mammals
Sven Winter - PhD student
Jordi de Raad - PhD Student
Raphael Coimbra - PhD Student

Collaborators and Past Lab Members 

Dr. Susanne Gallus - Evolutionary Genomics of Mobile Elements in Mammals
Dr. Björn Hallström - Bioinformatic tools for studying long-scale changes in biodiversity (Phylogeny) and their correlation with environmental changes
Nancy Schreck - Bioinformatic tools for studying long-scale changes in biodiversity (Phylogeny) and their correlation with environmental changes
Dr. Frank Hailer - Genomics of Arctic Vertebrates
Dr. Verena Kutschera - Genomics of Arctic Mammals 
William Dodt - PhD Student
Dr. Tobias Bidon - Genomics of Arctic Mammals

Dr. Yichen Zheng - Mammalian Phylogenomics and Population History Inference


  Molecular Biology and Evolution Trends in Genetics

Molecular Ecology Resources Science







Prof. Dr. Axel Janke




I am interested in the evolution of vertebrates in general, including marsupials, birds, almost every placental mammalian order, lizards, snakes, crocodiles and fishes. Besides reconstructing and dating their evolutionary tree, placing the events into larger contexts of e.g. biogeography, plate tectonics and climate is exciting. The increasing amount of genomic data show that evolution may not be a bifurcating process, but seeing it as a network will enhance our understanding of evolution. Currently - as of January 2017 - I am interested and working on the following topics for which PhD, master or project students are welcome:

Giraffe Research  
Mammalian phylogenomics (see D2.3)
Arctic adaptation (see D2.4)
Genomics and speciation (see D2.3)
Genomics and climate (environmental) change (see D2.4)
The basic divergences of crocodiles
The evolution of marsupials
Click here for more information about the topics.

Publications, Citations, h- and i10-index
Who is Who in Phylogenetic Networks

Selected recent publications

Arnason,  U., Lammers, F., Kumar, V., Nilsson, M.A. Janke A (2018) Whole-genome sequencing of the blue whale and other rorquals finds signatures for introgressive gene flow. Science Advances

Kumar, V., Lammers, F., Bidon, T., Pfenninger, M., Kolter, L., Nilsson, M.A. and Janke, A. (2017) The Top100
evolutionary history of bears is characterized by gene flow across species. Scientific Reports 

Fennessy, J., Bidon, T., Reuss, F., Kumar, V., Elkan, P., Nilsson, M.A., Vamberger, M., Fritz, U. and Janke, A. (2016) Multi-locus analyses reveal four giraffe species instead of one. Current Biology

Bidon, T., Schreck, N., Hailer, F., Nilsson, M.A., Janke A (2015) Genome-wide search identifies 1.9 megabases from the polar bear Y chromosome for evolutionary analyses. Genome Biol Evol

Gallus, S., Hallström, B.M., Kumar, V., Janke, A., Ning, Z., Murchison, E.M., Yang, F., Fu, B., Bertelsen, M.F., Schumann, G.G., Nilsson, M.A. (2015) Evolutionary histories of transposable elements in the genome of the largest living marsupial carnivore, the Tasmanian devil. Mol Biol Evol (early access)

Kutschera, V. E., Bidon, T., Hailer, F., Rodi, J. L., Fain, S. R., Janke, A. (2014) Bears in a forest of gene trees: Phylogenetic inference is complicated by incomplete lineage sorting and gene flow. Molecular Biology and Evolution, MBE2014/06/05/molbev.msu186

Bapteste, E., van Iersel, L., Janke, A., Kelchner, S., Kelk, S., McInerney, J. O., Morrison, D. A., Nakhleh, L., Steel, M., Stougie, L., Whitfield, J. (2013) Networks: expanding evolutionary thinking. Trends in Genetics 29:439-441. doi: 10.1016/j.tig.2013.05.007.

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