My name is Tadeas Priklopil and I work on the theory and applications from population dynamics and evolutionary genetics.
A Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the ETH Zurich. I build new models and theory with the aim to better understand how physicochemical properties of proteins - the workhorses of cells and organisms - affect the evolutionary dynamics of their underlying genes. This work is a joint project with Professors Kirsten Bomblies at the Institute of Molecular Plant Biology and Alex Widmer at the Institute of Integrative Biology.
In 2012 I obtained my PhD in Applied Mathematics at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Helsinki. My thesis was on "theoretical perspectives on mate-choice and speciation" and was co-supervised by Professor Mats Gyllenberg (mathematics, dynamical systems, structured populations) and Dr. Eva Kisdi (ecology, epidemiology, evolution). I was part of the Biomathematics research group of Professor Mats Gyllenberg, and also acted as a member of the committee and a secretary to the Finnish Mathematical Society.
In 2012-2014 I worked as a Teacher at the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Helsinki. I was responsible for designing the International Biomathematics Master Program. The courses I taught included Bifurcation Theory, Evolutionary Game Theory and Population Genetics. In addition I supervised thesis in epidemiology, evolutionary game theory and adaptive dynamics.
2014-2016 I received a postdoctoral IST fellowship partially funded by the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union and worked at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria. I worked in the research groups of Professor Nick Barton (evolutionary genetics) and Professor Krish Chatterjee (computer science).
Project: Decision making, evolution of cooperation and speciation.
Description: The project aimed at understanding how incomplete information affects the evolution of cooperation and mate choice. I collaborated on this project with Professor Martin Nowak from Harvard University.
While at IST Austria, I also worked on a multi-disciplinary project to understand genomic architecture in plants. See our publication here. Our work received media attention in Die Presse and Science Daily and my co-leading collaborator Assistant Professor Katka Bodova received the Ludmila-Sedlarova prize awarded to women for major contributions in the domain of genetics. Congratulations Katka!
2016-2020 & 2022 PostDoc at the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Lausanne. I worked in the group of Professor Laurent Lehmann.
Project: Evolution in structured populations.
Description: Structured population theory is concerned with situations where individuals can be classified e.g. according to age, condition and spatial location. The aim of the project is to understand the feedback between individual behavior, ecology and evolution in structured populations. Of particular focus is decomposing the rate at which genes spread in a population into model parameters that allow for better explanations and predictions to be made.
2021 PostDoc at the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Zurich.
Project: Adaptation in a changing environment
Funding: Swiss National Science Foundation grant SPARK to Dr. Barbora Trubenova, associated with the research group of Professor Hanna Kokko.
Description: The aim is to synthesize modelling approaches to better understand adaptation in populations that face environmental changes.