Institute for Fish and Wildlife Health

Field based method for the monitoring & detection of A. astaci

I am interested in the role of epigenetics for the fitness, plasticity, and adaptation of wild vertebrates in the face of changing environments. Through the combination of molecular biology tools and eco-evolutionary approaches, I aim to understand how wild vertebrates store and inherit environmental exposures and experiences. The goal is to understand fundamental mechanisms of biology on the one hand, and develop applications as markers for disease, environmental change or pollution on the other hand.

Currently, I am involved in the following research projects: 

Recent papers from these projects are:

Ord et al, 2022 on the genetics of epigenetics in adapting stickleback populations
Rieder et al, 2022 on the development of pre-pipetted, dried qPCR mixes for long-term storage and reconstitution


  • Vergleichende Morphologie und Systematik
  • Wildlife Tracking
  • Sustainable Development
  • Critical Reading
  • Fish and Amphibian Research
since 2020 Professor for Fish and Wildlife Health
Head of Institute of Fish and Wildlife Health, Veterinary Faculty, University of Bern, CH
 2016 - 2019 Senior scientist
Institute Mensch-Gesellschaft-Umwelt, Dep. Environmental Sciences, University of Basel, CH
 2011 - 2016 Postdoc
Institute Mensch-Gesellschaft-Umwelt, Dep. Environmental Sciences, University of Basel, CH
 2006 - 2011 PhD fellow
Friedrich-Miescher-Institute, Dep. Epigenetics, Basel, CH 
 2005 - 2006 MSc fellow
Institute for Molecular Pathology, Vienna, AUT 
2018 CAS in Clinical Research, University of Basel, CH
2018 Habilitation in Molecular Ecology, University of Basel, CH
2018 Supporting Learning Award, SEDA, UK
2011 PhD in Genetics, University of Basel, CH
2006 MSc in Molecular Biology, University of Vienna, AUT

Please see ORCID profile for an up-to-date list of publications.