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Dr. Sepand Riyahi

Office: VHF-266a
Phone: +49 (0)521-106 2729
email: sepand.riyahi"at"uni-bielefeld.de

Current research

I am an evolutionary biologist with the main interest in behavioural, evolutionary genomics as well as epigenetic studies especially to find the underpinning mechanisms of phenotypic traits in the birds.
For my current postdoc project, I am working on Male sexual competition and adaptive niche conformance in the Zebra finch using endocrinological and transcriptomics approaches and also studying the sperm phenotypic traits.
The project is part of the SFB-TRR 212: NC³ project and is strongly connected to subproject A (Navina Lilie).


Sexual selection, Animal behaviour, personality, Evolutionary Genomics, sperm, epigenetics


since 2019 Postdoctoral researcher, Bielefeld University, Germany.
2016-2018 Research stay and collaboration with Dr. Fyodor Kondrashov, Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Barcelona, Spain.
2014-2015 Research stay and collaboration with Dr. David Monk, Cancer Epigenetic and Biology Program (PEBC), Institut Investigacio Biomedica de Bellvitge (IDIBELL), Hospital Duran i Reynals, Barcelona, Spain.
2013 Project leader, (Project: Molecular sexing of 350 bird samples for museum bird collection), Natural History Museum of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
2011-2017 PhD candidate at Natural History Museum of Barcelona, Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology Research Unit, PhD title issued by University of Barcelona, Spain.
2011 5 months research position on Paleohistology and ecology, Institute of Catala de Paleontologia (ICP), Barcelona, Spain.
2009 Three months research stay in Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biology, University of Oslo, Norway.
2007-2010 MSc. in Biosystematics Zoology, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran.
2003-2007 BSc. in Zoology, Faculty of Science, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.


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