Meet the team

The IEB team members share a passion for exploring the underpinnings of phenotypic diversity. The research that we conduct in the IEB lab spans several disciplines including genomics, developmental and cell biology as well as evolutionary biology.

In the pursuit of our scientific goals, our objective is to co-create a respectful, collaborative, and supportive environment. We are fully committed to purposefully foster inclusion and an inclusive lab and teaching environment that takes strength from the diversity of perspectives, experiences, characters, and identities.

If you want to join us, collaborate with us, or simply want to know more about our research please contact Claudius.

Claudius is a tenure-track group leader at the Institute for Biotechnology / Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE). He has a background in developmental genetics, genomics, and evolutionary biology. The research of his research team centers around the study of the genetic basis of phenotypic diversification with a strong focus on the evolution of color pattern diversity in tropical fish (particularly cichlid fishes). 

Education and previous positions:
2004 – 2008 | Diploma studies in Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany
2008 – 2013 | Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel
2013 – 2020 | Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Konstanz, Germany
since 2021 | Group Leader, Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki, Finland

More information and social media:
UH Research Portal | Google Scholar | Twitter (Personal)  | Twitter (Lab)  | Researchgate

Contact (in English or German): | +358 50 341 2430 | Biocenter 3, Room 2315

Muktai is a trained bioinformatician with a specific interest in evolutionary genetics and development and genomics. She is currently a research assistant with Dr. Krushnamegh Kunte working on butterflies at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, India. We are excited that she will be joining the 'Integrative Evolutionary Biology' Group in May 2021.


Alexandra is a master student in Molecular Genetics from UAIC Iași, Romania. She has a strong passion for the molecular and cellular bases of animal coloration, so we are glad that she will join us for a six-month research stay starting in June 2021.

We are currently looking for students and researchers at all levels to join our team!

If you are passionate and enthusiastic about coloration, evolution, genomics, development, and/or tropical fish & like to join our young, dynamic team, please contact Claudius: | +358 50 341 2430 | Biocenter 3, Room 2315

For more information about the research in the lab please have a look at previous publications and the detailed description of our research.