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Institut für Systematische und Evolutionäre Botanik

Narjes Yousefi

Narjes Yousefi, Dr.

  • Postdoctoral fellow
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Research Interests

I am mainly interested in genome architecture and evolution of supergenes. A classical example of supergenes in plants is the S-locus in Primula which controls the heterostyly –presence of two flower morphs in the population with reciprocal positions of anthers and stigmas. During my post doc I will generate several chromosome level genomes of hetero- and homostylous species throughout the Primula genus to explore the origin and assembly of the S-locus.

I also have several projects running on peatmoss (genus Sphagnum) in collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Péter Szövényi (University of Zürich), Prof. Hans Stenøien and Prof. Kristian Hassel (NTNU University, Norway). These projects include genetic basis of colour polymorphism, evolution of sex locus/chromosome and genetic makeup of hybrid Sphagnum species.

We have several master’s projects available (see here and here). Please contact me if you are interested.


Oberassistentin at Prof. Elena Conti’s lab, December 2021 – Present

Postdoctoral Researcher at Prof. Elena Conti’s lab, June 2018 – December 2021

University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland. “Genome architecture and evolution of supergenes in primroses (genus Primula)”

Ph.D., Population Genetics, 2013 – 2017

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. Dissertation: “Genetic divergence and speciation in northern peatmosses (genus Sphagnum)” Advisors: Hans Stenøien and Kristian Hassel

M.Sc., Systematics and Ecology, 2007 – 2010

Guilan University, Rasht, Iran. Thesis: “Biosystematic investigation of genus Viola in north of Iran” Advisor: Shahryar Saeidi Mehrvarz

B.Sc., Biology, 2002 – 2006

Shahid Chamran University, Ahvaz, Iran.