About me

Curiosity. Concepts. Connections. Commitment.

I seek to understand the mechanisms of adaptation to different environments. In particular, I want to identify the biochemistry, ecology and evolution of these mechanisms, for example by investigating functional networks.

At Graz University of Technology, I am equipping and running a laboratory for long read sequencing. This will allow us to identify large structural variants in the genome, epigenetic modifications and detection of splices variants. Together, this will enable us to increase our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underly diseases, development and adaptation.

Professional Experience

Education and Training

  • 2008 - 2013: Ph.D. thesis in Plant Biology
    Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2001 – 2008: Diploma student in Molecular Biology
    University of Vienna, Austria
  • 1996 – 2001: Secondary College for Chemical Industry
    Rosensteingasse, Austria

Selected Publications

  • 2020

    Dynamics of apomictic and sexual reproduction during primary succession on a glacier forefield in the Swiss Alps. Sailer C, Stöcklin J, Grossniklaus U. Sci Rep. 2020; 10(1):8269. [PubMed]

    Genomic signatures of convergent adaptation to Alpine environments in three Brassicaceae species. Rellstab C, Zoller S, Sailer C, Tedder A, Gugerli F, Shimizu KK, Holderegger R, Widmer A, Fischer MC. Mol Ecol. 2020; 29(22):4350-4365. [PubMed]
  • 2019

    Convergent evolution in Arabidopsis halleri and Arabidopsis arenosa on calamine metalliferous soils. Preite V, Sailer C, Syllwasschy L, Bray S, Ahmadi H, Krämer U, Yant L. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2019; 374(1777):20180243. [PubMed]

    Pervasive population genomic consequences of genome duplication in Arabidopsis arenosa. Monnahan P, Kolář F, Baduel P, Sailer C, Koch J, Horvath R, Laenen B, Schmickl R, Paajanen P, Šrámková G, Bohutínská M, Arnold B, Weisman CM, Marhold K, Slotte T, Bomblies K, Yant L. Nat Ecol Evol. 2019; 3(3):457-468. [PubMed]
  • 2018

    Transmembrane transport and stress response genes play an important role in adaptation of Arabidopsis halleri to metalliferous soils. Sailer C, Babst-Kostecka A, Fischer MC, Zoller S, Widmer A, Vollenweider P, Gugerli F, Rellstab C. Sci Rep. 2018;8(1):16085. [PubMed]
  • 2016

    Apomixis Aalows the transgenerational fixation of phenotypes in hybrid plants. Sailer C, Schmid B, Grossniklaus U. Curr Biol. [PubMed]

All my publications on PubMed.

Christian Sailer
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