Thomas Flatt

Professor, and department vice president

Professeur-e ordinaire


Professor, and department vice president



PER 01 bu. 0.366b
Ch. du Musée 10
1700 Fribourg


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  • Biography

    Thomas Flatt is Professor of Evolutionary Biology in the Department of Biology at the University of Fribourg; he also holds a DFG Mercator Fellowship and Visiting Professorship at the University of Münster. He currently serves as the vice head of the department, the head of the Fribourg Graduate School of Life Sciences (FGLS), and the head of the CUSO inter-university doctoral program in ecology & evolution. Thomas' research interests are the genomic basis of adaptation, the evolution life histories and aging, and population genetics. Prior to his position in Fribourg, he was a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Lausanne (2012-17), a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin (2012), and faculty member of the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics and a tenured group leader at the Institute of Population Genetics in Vienna (2009-12). Between 2004 and 2008, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University with Prof. Marc Tatar and a visiting postdoc with Prof. Neal Silverman at UMass Medical School, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Roche Research Foundation. Thomas received his Ph.D. from Fribourg in 2004 (supervisor: Prof. Tadeusz Kawecki); he obtained his M.Sc. from the University of Basel in 1999 (supervisor: Prof. Stephen Stearns), for work done at the University of Sydney with Prof. Richard Shine.

  • Teaching and courses

    Advanced topics in evolutionary genetics and ecology UE-SBL.00201 SA-2019
    Faculty of Science and Medicine

    Thursday 13:15 - 16:00, PER Room

    Evolutionary Biology UE-SBL.00021 SA-2019
    Faculty of Science and Medicine

    Monday 10:15 - 12:00, PER Room

    Research seminars in ecology and evolution UE-SBL.00212 SA-2019
    Faculty of Science and Medicine

    Thursday 16:15 - 17:00, PER Room

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