Department of
Evolutionary Anthropology
Faculty of Life Sciences
University of Vienna

Djerassiplatz 1
1030 Vienna


Elmira Mohandesan, PhD

Elmira Mohandesan is a group leader at the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Vienna.

My research interest focus on a variety of topics in evolutionary biology such as population genetics, phylogenetics and domestication. In my lab we mainly involve the application of ancient DNA and next-gneration DNA sequencing to better understand the timing and tempo of the genetic changes in extinct and extant animal species over time.

Short Curriculum Vitae

Current & Previous Positions

2016-2018 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Institute for Molecular Evolution and Development, University of Vienna (PI: Dr. Qi Zhou)
2012-2016 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Institute of Population Genetics and Research Institute for Wildlife and Ecology, Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria (PIs: Dr. Pamela Burger, Prof. Christian Schloetterer)
2011 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna, Austria (PI: Prof. Tecumseh Fitch)
2005-2006 Research Assistant Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany (PI: Prof. Michael Hofreiter)

Teaching Experience

2007-2010 Teaching Assistant, Massey University, New Zealand


2006-2011 Ph.D. Thesis title: The evolution of the mitochondrial DNA in tuatara (Sphenodon punctuates), Massey University, Auckland New Zealand (PI: Prof. Dr. David Lambert)
2002-2005 Master of Sciences (MSc) in Molecular Genetics. Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
1997-2001 Bachelor of Sciences (BSc) in Zoology. Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

Selected Publications

1.Fitak et al. 2020
2.Mohandesan et al. Sci Rep.2017
3.Mohandesan et al. MER. 2016
4.Almathen_Charrau_Mohandesan et al. PNAS. 2016
5.Plasil et al. BMC Genomics. 2016
6.Hemati et al. Reseach on animal production.2015
7.Fitak et al. MER.2015
8.Galik et al. PlosOne. 2015
9.Subramanian et al. Sci Rep. 2015
10.Ruiz et al. 2014. Conservation Genetics Resources
11.Stiller et al. Quatern.2013
12.Gingras et al. BMC Evol Bio. 2013
13.Mohandesan et al. Mitochondria. 2013
14.Mohandesan et al. Ancient DNA. 2011
15.Subramanian et al. Trends in Genetic. 2009
16.Millar in Ecology and Evolution. 2008
17.Hay et al. Trends in Genetic. 2008
18.Mohandesan et al. Journal of Sciences. 2008
19.Mohandesan et al. Iranian Journal of Biotechnology. 2004