Thomas Wolfe, MSc

PhD student

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Biographical Information

since May 2015: PhD. student (University of Vienna and Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics, Austria).

Working title: "Molecular basis of adaptive divergence after allopolyploidisation in Dactylorhiza (Orchidaceae)"

Supervisors: Ovidiu Paun, Claus Vogel, Christian Lexer

2014-2015: MSc. in Molecular Life Sciences with a mention in Bioinformatics (University of Lausanne, Switzerland).

Thesis: "The long term effect of polyploidisation on transposable element activity."  

2010-2014: BSc. in Biology (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) 

I graduated from the University of Lausanne in February 2015 with a master in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics. This project was aimed at investigating the long term effect of polyploidy on transposable element activity, using as models the polyploid Brassica napus and its two diploid parents B. rapa and B. oleracea.

Currently I am investigating the role of whole genome doubling in adaptation to divergent environments and how recurrent polyploidy can lead to evolutionary diversification and biodiversity increase. The study takes advantage of natural replicates provided by several ecologically-divergent, sibling Dactylorhiza allopolyploids of different ages. My aim is to integrate transcriptomic and complementary environmental data, to track molecular responses to polyploidy and how selection acts on them to result in adaptation.


Balao F, Trucchi E, Wolfe T,..., Paun O. 2017. Adaptive sequence evolution is driven by biotic stress in a pair of orchid species (Dactylorhiza) with distinct ecological optima. Molecular Ecology 26: 3649-3662.