Dr. Hildegard Uecker
Research group leader
"Stochastic evolutionary dynamics"
MPI for Evolutionary Biology
Department of Evolutionary Theory
24306 Plön, Germany
Phone: + 49 4522 763-536
My research focuses on adaptation in populations that are severely
challenged either by environmental change (natural populations) or
by exposure to drug treatment (pathogen populations). I hope that
insights from my research can contribute to improving conservation
efforts and assist in decelerating the emergence of drug resistance.
As a mathematician, I am mainly interested in stochastic modeling
(in particular in the application of branching process theory to problems
For more information, see the
of the research group
"Stochastic evolutionary dynamics".
© Alex Cagan
I enjoy scientific outreach. I am a collaborator on the correspondence
seminar "Selected topics in Evolutionary Biology"
which introduces high school students to various topics in evolutionary biology
in five series per school year.
In the school year 2017-2018, I contributed a series
about the evolution of antibiotic resistance
). Currently, I am working
on a series about viruses.
For the Max Planck Day that took place in September 2018, I gave a talk on
antibiotic resistance evolution to several classes at the Ernestinen-Schule
in Lübeck (slides in German
Afterwards, the students did a little project, simulating evolution
with (virtual) dice.
- 2017 - current: Research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
- 2015 - 2017: Postdoc at ETH Zurich
Group of Sebastian Bonhoeffer
Topic: Antimicrobial treatment strategies in hospitals and communities
- 2013 - 2015: Postdoc at IST Austria
Group of Nick Barton
Topic: The role of sex and recombination in evolutionary rescue
- 2013: Dr. rer. nat., Biomathematics, University of Vienna
Fate and fortuity: Branching process models for the establishment and fixation of beneficial alleles
Advisor: Joachim Hermisson
- 2008: Diploma degree (Master's equivalent) in Physics, University of Göttingen
Fate and fortuity: Branching process models for the establishment and fixation of beneficial alleles (link)
Zur Temperatur und zur Geschwindigkeitsverteilung in granularen Gasen
(On the temperature and on the distribution of velocities in granular gases).