Group of Population and Speciation Genetics



Group members

Head

Radka Reifová


Radka is generally interested in mechanisms of species origin both from genetic and ecological perspectives. She began her research in the group of Prof. Jiří Forejt working on the genetics of hybrid male sterility in two house mouse subspecies. Later, she gained experience in population genetics in the group of Prof. Michael W. Nachman. Currently, she focuses her research on mechanisms of speciation in two nightingale species.



Postdocs

Jakub Rídl


Jakub is an experienced molecular biologists and bioinformatician. He has joined our group in 2018 and works on whole-genome assembly and annotation of the Common Nightingale and Thrush Nightigale genomes. He is interested in the structural variations between the species and their role in speciation.


Dávid Jonás


Dávid is an experienced bioinformatician. He received the Visegrad Fond Scholarship to join our group in 2017. He focuses his research on understanding the demography history of the two nightingale species using ddRAD sequence data and coalescent-based methods.



PhD Students


Libor Mořkovský


Libor is an experienced programmer and bioinformatician. He studies patterns of genetic differentiation and divergence across the genomes of the two nightingale species with the aim to identify genomic regions involved in reproductive isolation.


Camille Sottas


Camille studied Ecology with specialization in modelling at University Toulouse 3, France. She has a strong background in functional ecology and statistics. She studies the role of interspecific competition in evolution of reproductive isolation and species differentiation (co-supervisor: Jiří Reif).



Undergraduate Students

Lucie Baránková


Lucie studies Master's program Zoology and her thesis focuses on mechanisms of hybrid female sterility in crosses between the Common nightingale and the Thrush Nightingale.


Markéta Šárová


Markéta studies Master's program Zoology. Her thesis is focused on postmating prezygotic isolation in nightingales (co-supervisor: Tomáš Albrecht).


Zuzana Halenková


Zuzana studies Master's program Bioinformatics. She is involved in the sequencing, assembly and annotation of the nightingale genome.



Recent group members


Václav Janoušek


Václav is a skilled bioinformatician. He studied house mouse hybrid zone during his PhD at Charles University. He has joined our group in 2015. He focuses his research on comparing patterns of molecular evolution between the Z chromosome and autosomes and understanding mechanisms responsible for the large Z effect. He is also involved in genomic studies of reproductive isolation between nightingale species.


Hana Kohoutová


Hana was a master student and studied ecological and evolutionary significance of mixed singing of the Thrush nightingale in the secondary contact zone with the Common Nightingale (co-supervisor: Tereza Petrusková).


Kamila Opletalová


Kamila was a master student and studied changes of sperm morphology between the nightingale species both in allopatric and sympatric populations and their role in postmating-prezygotic and intrinsic postzygotic isolation (co-supervisor: Tomáš Albrecht).




Students' theses


Bc thesis

MSc thesis

PhD thesis

Markéta Šárová

2017

Lucie Baránková

2017

Hana Kohoutová

2015

2017

Kamila Opletalová

2015

2017

Jana Štiková

2015

Lucie Kropáčková

2010

2012

Veronika Majerová

2010

2012

Jitka Fischerová

2009

Markéta Jindrová

2009

Libor Mořkovský

2008

2010*


* Dean's award for the outstanding Master thesis