Städler, Thomas, Dr.

Dr.  Thomas Städler

CHN  G 29 

Universitätstrasse 16

8092 Zürich

Switzerland

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Research area


I am a population geneticist with broad interests in evolutionary biology, mechanisms of speciation, and genomics. More specifically, my long-term research uses large-scale sequencing studies to address questions in molecular evolution, demographic history and the impact of mating-system differences, using wild tomatoes as a model system (Solanum section Lycopersicon). Moreover, in collaboration with a network of tomato genome biologists, I have contributed to analyses of the domestication history of the cultivated tomato, a commercially important crop.

A second, more recently started line of research concerns postzygotic reproductive isolation in the tomato clade, taking advantage of variable proportions of hybrid seed failure among different pairs of taxa. Specifically, I am interested in (possibly perturbed) genomic imprinting and other epigenetic phenomena and evaluate their potential roles in contributing to hybrid seed failure. To these ends, we employ controlled crosses in the greenhouse, laser-assisted microdissection of different seed components, and high-throughput transcriptome sequencing.

 

Curriculum Vitae


Professional Experience

2013–present    Senior Scientist, Plant Ecological Genetics Group, Institute of Integrative Biology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2008–2012    Senior Assistant, Plant Ecological Genetics Group, Institute of Integrative Biology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2001–2007    Research Associate, Evolutionary Biology Group (Prof. Wolfgang Stephan), Department Biology II, LMU Munich, Germany

1998–2000    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

1997–1998    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Zoology, University of Frankfurt, Germany

 

Education

1988–1997    PhD studies on the population genetics of freshwater snails, Department of Zoology, University of Frankfurt, Germany (several research stays abroad)

1983–1984    Exchange Student at Trenton State College, Trenton, New Jersey, USA

1980–1987    Diplom Studies in Biology (Major Zoology, Minors Botany and Biophysics), University of Frankfurt, Germany

 

Additional information

 

* Since 2015, Associate Editor for the international journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B
* since 2011, Member of the Steering Committee, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC)
* since 2011, Advisor for the specialization in Environmental Biology, BSc program in Environmental Sciences at D-USYS, ETH Zurich

 

Course Catalogue

Spring Semester 2017

Number Unit Lecturer
701-1426-00L Advanced Evolutionary Genetics  T. Städler,
P. C. Brunner
701-1461-00L Ecology and Evolution: Seminar  T. Städler,
S. Bonhoeffer,
A. Hall,
J. Jokela,
J. Levine,
G. Velicer,
A. Widmer

Fall Semester 2016

Number Unit Lecturer
701-1413-00L Population and Quantitative Genetics  T. Städler,
P. C. Brunner
701-1460-00L Ecology and Evolution: Term Paper  T. Städler,
S. Bonhoeffer,
A. Hall,
J. Jokela,
J. Levine,
G. Velicer,
A. Widmer
701-2413-00L Evolutionary Genetics  T. Städler,
P. C. Brunner

 

Publications

2016

Genomic Imprinting in the Endosperm Is Systematically Perturbed in Abortive Hybrid Tomato Seeds
Ana M. Florez-Rueda, Margot Paris, Anja Schmidt, Alex Widmer, Ueli Grossniklaus and Thomas Stadler
Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33 (11): 2935-2946, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.
Genomic imprinting in the endosperm is systematically pertubed in abortive hybrid tomato seeds
Ana M. Florez-Rueda, Margot Paris, Anja Schmidt, Alex Widmer, Ueli Grossniklaus and Thomas Städler
Molecular Biology and Evolution, 33 (11): 2935-2946, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

2014

Genomic analyses provide insights into the history of tomato breeding
Tao Lin, Guangtao Zhu, Junhong Zhang, Xiangyang Xu, Qinghui Yu, Zheng Zheng, Zhonghua Zhang, Yaoyao Lun, Shuai Li, Xiaoxuan Wang, Zejun Huang, Junming Li, Chunzhi Zhang, Taotao Wang, Yuyang Zhang, Aoxue Wang, Yancong Zhang, Kui Lin, Chuanyou Li, Guosheng Xiong, Yongbiao Xue, Andrea Mazzucato, Mathilde Causse, Zhangjun Fei, James J. Giovannoni, Roger T. Chetelat, Dani Zamir, Thomas Städler, Jingfu Li, Zhibiao Ye, Yongchen Du and Sanwen Huang
Nature Genetics, 46 (11): 1220-1226, New York, N.Y.: Nature Publ. Group, 2014.

2013

A genomic variation map provides insights into the genetic basis of cucumber domestication and diversity
Jianjian Qi, Xin Liu, Di Shen, Han Miao, Bingyan Xie, Xixiang Li, Peng Zeng, Shenhao Wang, Yi Shang, Xingfang Gu, Yongchen Du, Ying Li, Tao Lin, Jinhong Yuan, Xueyong Yang, Jinfeng Chen, Huiming Chen, Xingyao Xiong, Ke Huang, Zhangjun Fei, Linyong Mao, Li Tian, Thomas Städler, Susanne S. Renner, Sophien Kamoun, William J. Lucas, Zhonghua Zhang and Sanwen Huang
Nature Genetics, 45 (12): 1510-1515, New York, N.Y.: Nature Publ. Group, 2013.

2012

Molecular ecology in Vienna: hot topics in a chilly place
Thomas Städler
EMBO Reports, 13 (6): 475-477, London: Nature Publ. Group, 2012.
Testing for "Snowballing" Hybrid Incompatibilities in Solanum: Impact of Ancestral Polymorphism and Divergence Estimates
Thomas Städler, Ana Marcela Florez-Rueda and Margot Paris
Molecular Biology and Evolution, 29 (1): 31-34, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

2011

Fitness effects of derived deleterious mutations in four closely related wild tomato species with spatial structure
A. Tellier, I. Fischer, C. Merino, H. Xia, L. Camus-Kulandaivelu, Thomas Städler and W. Stephan
Heredity, 107 (3): 189-199, Avenel, NJ: Nature Publ. Group, 2011.
Estimating Parameters of Speciation Models Based on Refined Summaries of the Joint Site-Frequency Spectrum
Aurelien Tellier, Peter Pfaffelhuber, Bernhard Haubold, Lisha Naduvilezhath, Laura E. Rose, Thomas Städler, Wolfgang Stephan and Dirk Metzler
PLoS ONE, 6 (5): e18155, San Francisco, CA, USA: Public Library of Science, 2011.

2010

Evolution of self-compatibility in Arabidopsis by a mutation in the male specificity gene
Takashi Tsuchimatsu, Keita Suwabe, Rie Shimizu-Inatsugi, Sachiyo Isokawa, Pavlos Pavlidis, Thomas Städler, Go Suzuki, Seiji Takayama, Masao Watanabe and Kentaro K. Shimizu
Nature, 464 (7293): 1342-1346, London: Nature Publ. Group, 2010.

2009

The impact of sampling schemes on the site frequency spectrum in nonequilibrium subdivided populations
Thomas Städler, Bernhard Haubold, Carlos Merino, Wolfgang Stephan and Peter Pfaffelhuber
Genetics, 182 (1): 205-216, Bethesda, Maryland: Genetics Society of America, 2009.

2008

Population genetics of speciation in two closely related wild tomatoes (Solanum section Lycopersicon)
Thomas Städler, Uraiwan Arunyawat and Wolfgang Stephan
Genetics, 178 (1): 339-350, Bethesda, Maryland: Genetics Society of America, 2008.
 
 
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