Dr. Tanja Slotte, Associate Senior Lecturer in Ecological Genomics

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Tanja is a population geneticist who uses genomic data and methods to study classic evolutionary transitions such as mating system shifts and polyploidy. She is especially interested in how selection affects different classes of sites across plant genomes, as well as in how and why the genomic impact of natural selection differs among species.

Tanja received her PhD from Uppsala University in 2007. As a post-doctoral fellow with Stephen Wright, she worked on the demographics of speciation and mating system evolution. As an Assistant Professor at Uppsala University, she started her own group working on plant evolutionary genomics. In April 2014 she took up a position as Associate Senior Lecturer at Stockholm University and SciLifeLab. In 2016 she became docent (Associate Professor) in Ecological Genomics at Stockholm University.

Short CV

Selected Publications

Dr. Andrew Tedder, Researcher

Tedder_image_1Andy joined the lab in October 2015 as a researcher. In the broadest sense, he is primarily an evolutionary biologist, working mainly in the field of population genetics. More specifically his interests pertain to questions regarding inbreeding avoidance, mating-system evolution, hybridization and local adaptation.

Andy received his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2011, and then worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Kentaro Shimizu (University of Zurich) on mating-system evolution in various Brassicaceae taxa.

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Dr. Benjamin Laenen, Postdoctoral fellow

Benjamin_LaenenBenjamin is a postdoctoral fellow who joined the lab in February 2015. Ben is particularly interested in impact of life history traits, such as mating systems or dispersal capabilities, on species diversification, but has also studied the impact of glacial periods on population structure of bryophytes, a group of early haploid land plants, including the role of oceanic islands in the post-glacial recolonisation of Europe. During his PhD studies at University of Liege in Belgium, he worked on the “Liverwort Tree of Life” project (Duke University). He is currently working on the causes and population genomic consequences of mating system shifts in the Brassicaceae.

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Dr. Engy Ahmed, Postdoctoral fellow

Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 10.36.28Engy  is a postdoctoral researcher who joined the lab in 2015. She is a biogeochemist, working on examining the direct and intimate relationship between the diversity/activity of biological community, and the geochemical signature of their activity.

Engy received her PhD from Stockholm University in 2015. Her postdoc project focuses on studying the dramatic environmental and climatic changes that characterized the end of the last ice age and the transition into the present interglacial in lake sediment records covering the time interval between 17,000 and 11,000 years ago. For this purpose she is conducting metagenomic analyses of ancient DNA from lake sediments. The project is a collaboration with the groups of Prof. Barbara Wohlfarth, Stockholm University, and Laura Parducci, Uppsala University.

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Dr. Aurélie Désamoré, Research Engineer/Lab manager


Aurélie is working as a research engineer/lab manager for the Slotte lab since April 2017. She mainly worked in evolutionary biology and phylogeography in a range of organisms including tree heath (Ericaceae), endemic halophytes (Limonium), mosses, liverworts, diving beetles and is interested in macro-evolution and population genetics. She has postdoctoral experience from the Botanical Garden in Zurich and the Natural History Museum of Stockholm.

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Jörg Bachmann, PhD student

Jorg_BachmannJörg is working on the project “Evolutionary consequences of dominance at a locus under long-term balancing selection”. He did his Masters thesis on mating systems in Cardamine, in the lab of Prof. Kentaro Shimizu at University of Zürich. Jörg started his PhD studies in September 2015.

Robert Horvath, PhD student

Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 16.35.36Robert is working on population genetic analyses and analyses of cis-regulatory variation and divergence in Capsella. Robert started his PhD studies in April 2016. Prior to that, Robert received his Master’s degree from ETH Zürich, where he completed a Master’s project on population structure and colonisation history in Cirsium arvense with Dr. Alessia Guggisberg.

Juanita Gutierrez, Master student

juanitaJuanita is a MEME Erasmus Mundus student who is doing a project on the impact of mating system on selection in plants.

 Marcelinus “Rocky” Hatorangan, PhD student

Rocky is a PhD student at the Swedish Agricultural University, with Prof. Claudia Köhler as main supervisor and Tanja Slotte as Deputy supervisor. Rocky started his PhD studies in 2013.

Siri Birkeland, PhD student

Siri is a PhD student at the Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, and has Tanja Slotte as a co-supervisor. Siri started her PhD studies in 2015.

Xuyue Yang, PhD student

Xuyue is a PhD student at Stockholm University, with Prof. Peter Hambäck as main supervisor and Tanja Slotte as co-supervisor. Xuyue started her PhD studies in 2016.


Kim Steige, PhD

Kim defended her thesis on the adaptive significance of cis-regulatory variation and divergence in Capsella in February 2016, and has now taken up a postdoctoral position in the lab of Prof. Juliette de Meaux at University of Cologne.

Michael Nowak, Postdoctoral fellow

Mike was a postdoc in the lab in 2014-2015, and is now a Senior Researcher at the University of Oslo, Norway.

Johan Reimegård, Bioinformatician

Johan  was working on bioinformatic analyses together with Kim and Veronika and is part of the SciLifeLab Long-term Bioinformatics support.

Cindy Canton, Project assistant

Veronika Scholz, Bioinformatician

Julia Dankanich, Project Assistant