Joint team

Plant Repro Evo Plant Evo CytoGen

Mohammad Javad Haghighatnia, PhD student

In collaboration with Antonin Machac

I was born and raised in a small city in the south part of Iran, Borazjan. I’m a Molecular Biologist with an MSc in genetic diversity and evolution from Mazandaran University, studied the genetic diversity of Great Gerbil, a large rodent throughout Iranian Plateau from Zagros mountains to Kopet Dag.

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is the best way to acknowledge that nature can do everything by itself, without any supernatural powers. Now, it is time for me to go dipper in these areas! The Plant Repro Evo Lab awards me an ample opportunity to continue my studies as a Ph.D. student, investigating how sexual selection drives speciation and whether sexual traits translate into large-scale speciation in Plants.

Apart from the sciences, I’m a Mountaineer and photographer. I climbed more than 24 mountains of Iran in Alborz and Zagros ranges, including Alam-Kuh(4848m), Dena(4407m), Kaman-Kuh(4225m). Also, a mountain bike rider and sometimes sketching animals.

You are welcome to know more about me on my website (Link)


Plant & Fungal Evo Biogeo Plant Repro Evo

Markéta Pilneyová, PhD student

I´m interested in plant evolution and biogeography especially in connection with whole genome duplication. Currently I´m studying mixed-ploidy population dynamics in several Central Europe species finishing my master studies. I will continue investigating polyploidy in association with gynodioecy in Stellaria graminea during PhD studies.

Eliška Krtilová, Bachelor student

I am in the second year of bachelor’s studies of Environmental protection at Charles University in Prague. As a subject of my bachelor work I wanted to do something more connected to botany so the theme of the work is ploidy and sexuallity of Stellaria graminae depending on the temperature and season.

I have no experiences in scientific work yet, but I hope it will change soon.

This work is a bit challenging for me in view of the fact that botany was just a small part of my studies so far but I believe it can be a great start of my scientific journey.