Mgr. Zuzana Musilová, Ph.D.



Contact Information

Division of Animal Evolutionary Biology, Department of Zoology
Faculty of Science, Charles University
Viničná 7, 128 44 Praha, Czech Republic
Door No.: 241
Phone: 00420–22195 1856
E-mail: zuzana.musilova[a]

Research Group

Fish Evolution (

Research Interests

Fish evolution; Adaptive evolution of sensory systems in fish; Speciation in sympatry; Molecular mechanisms of adaptation; Evolutionary genomics and transcriptomics; Fish phylogeny and biogeography


2020-2022: Effect of genome duplications and hybridization on sensory systems in fishes. Charles University in Prague (PRIMUS Research Programme).
2017-2021: Genomics of sensory adaptations: evolution of vision, smell and taste in fishes. Swiss National Science Foundation (PROMYS grant).


Demian Burguera (PostDoc)
Monika Klodawska (PhD student)
Dmytro Omelchenko (PhD student)
Gina Maria Sommer (PhD student)
Nik Lupše (PhD student)
Veronika Truhlářová (MSc student)
Prokop Košátko (PhD student)
Martin Stuchlík (PhD student)
Zuzana Konvičková (MSc student)
Vít Kaufman (Bc student)


Ichthyology (MB170P38)
Molecular Applications in Zoology (MB170P62)
European freshwater fishes and their research (MB170P120)

Selected Publications

Musilova, Z., Cortesi, F., Matschiner, M., Davies, W. I., Patel, J. S., Stieb, S. M., … & Salzburger, W. (2019). Vision using multiple distinct rod opsins in deep-sea fishes. Science, 364(6440), 588-592.
Musilova, Z., Indermaur, A., Bitja-Nyom, A. R., Omelchenko, D., Kłodawska, M., Albergati, L., ... & Salzburger, W. (2019). Evolution of the visual sensory system in cichlid fishes from crater lake Barombi Mbo in Cameroon. Molecular Ecology, 28(23), 5010-5031.
Cortesi F*, Musilová Z*, Stieb SM, Hart NS, Siebeck UE, Malmstrom M, Torresen OK, Jentoft S, Cheney KL, Marshall NJ, Carleton KL and Salzburger W (2015). Ancestral duplications and highly dynamic opsin gene evolution in percomorph fishes. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, 112(5), 1493–1498. (* = equal contribution)
Dorn A*, Musilová Z*, Platzer M, Reichwald K and Cellerino A (2014). The strange case of East African annual fish: aridification correlates with diversification for a savannah aquatic group. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14(1), 210. (* = equal contribution)
Matschiner M, Musilová Z, Barth JM, Starostová Z, Salzburger W, Steel M and Bouckaert R (2017). Bayesian phylogenetic estimation of clade ages supports trans-Atlantic dispersal ofcichlid fishes. Systematic Biology, 66 (1): 3-22.
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