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Dr. Susana Freitas

My main research focus is on the evolution of asexuality in nature, how parthenogenetic species originate and the evolutionary forces behind the maintenance of sex. During my PhD I studied the origin of hybrid asexuality in vertebrates in a phylogenomics framework, taking into account how gene flow was related with parthenogenetic hybrids. Recently, I am focused on the forces that maintain sex in nature, testing the parasites hypothesis for sex (or the Red Queen) to analyse if the genomes of sexual species evolve faster when in comparison to asex ones.

2017 - ongoing:
Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Advisor: Prof. Tanja Schwander

PhD student
Sheffield University, UK
Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Master student
Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Diploma studies in Biology
Universidade do Porto, Portugal

There is no publication for the moment


Office room: 4304
Phone: +4121 692 4279
Fax: +4121 692 4265

Member of Schwander group

Biophore - CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 41 60
Fax +41 21 692 41 65