Genetic and epigenetic changes associated with the allopolyploidization in plants

PhD student
Wide Hybridization Group



Allopolyploidization is one of the key mechanisms of plant speciation. Merging two genomes of distinct species followed or preceded by whole genome duplication provide an unprecedented opportunity to combine agronomically useful traits from two species in a single organism. As such, wide hybridization became a powerful tool in plant breeding. However, newly developed yhbrids undergo massive genetic and epigenetic changes commonly known as "genomic shock". Studying these changes in newly established grass hybrids (Festuca x Lolium) will be the main aim of the candidate. He/She will use bioinformatic tools to analyze sequence data to assess gene expression and epigenetic regulations in hybrids during the stress treatment and in controlled conditions. The work requires at least basic computational skills and enthusiasm to learn new skills. MSc in biological sciences or informatics is required.

Start of the appointment (PhD study):  Sept. 1, 2021

Benefits to work with us:
  • Our group is internationally recognized and collaborate with many labs across the world
  • We publish in prestigious journals
  • Our students are not delayed in finishing their PhD 
  • The project is supported by the project of GACR
  • Perfect equipment and friendly environment

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Assoc. prof. David Kopeck√Ĺ


Student will be supported from project of Czech Science Foundation GACR 20-10019S