|1996 - 2002||Vienna University of Technology|
M.Sc.: Mathematics in the Natural Sciences
|1997 - 2002||University of Vienna|
|2002 - 2003||Data analyst and program developer for EmergenTec|
|2003 - 2007||Harvard University PhD: Biochemistry|
As a graduate student at the department of molecular and cellular biology I was interested in biological processes/systems and theoretical considerations of them. For me, evolutionary processes are the most intriguing ones.
I worked on models for the evolution of multicellularity/germline-soma-distinction, evolution of mutation rates, and on population genetics models for sympatric speciation. I also used evolving "computer programs" to get a better understanding of evolutionary processes.
- Willensdorfer M, R Bürger (2003). The two-locus model of Gaussian stabilizing selection. Theor Popul Biol 64: 101-117.
- Büerger R, M Willensdorfer, MA Nowak (2006). Why are phenotypic mutation rates much higher than genotypic mutation rates? Genetics 172: 197-206.
- Willensdorfer M (2008). Organism size promotes the evolution of specialized cells in multicellular digital organisms. J Evol Biol 21: 104-110.