Professor Christian Lexer

Group leader

e-mail: christian.lexer[@]
phone: +43 1 4277 54140

address: Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research
University of Vienna, Faculty of Life Sciences
Rennweg 14, Room 217
A-1030 Vienna, Austria

Current Research

Understanding the processes that accompany or facilitate the origin of phenotypic novelty in nature has always been of great interest to biology, but the molecular and computational tools required to address these long-standing questions have become available only recently. The advent of genomic and post-genomic science holds great promise for students of organismal evolution. We focus on plants as the preferred model organisms for our research, because plants are often more amenable to evolutionary genetics studies, e.g. plants can be crossed rather easily and their sessile nature facilitates the estimation of fitness effects (the 'adaptive value') of individual traits, chromosomal segments, or even individual genes in the wild. Read more

Curriculum vitae

  • 2016-now Full Professor of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany, Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research, University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2008-2016 Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology, Department of Biology, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • 2006-2013 Subject Editor, Heredity (Nature Publishing)
  • 2006- Subject Editor, Molecular Ecology (Blackwell Science)
  • 2004-2008 Decision Editor, Annals of Botany (Oxford University Press)
  • 2003-2008 Appointment as Population Geneticist at the Jodrell Laboratory, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, Surrey, U.K. Permanent academic member of staff
  • 2001-2005 Subject editor, Molecular Ecology Notes, the sister journal of Molecular Ecology (Blackwell Science)
  • 2000-2003 Erwin-Schrödinger postdoctoral fellow of the Austrian Science Foundation (FWF) in the lab of Prof. Loren H. Rieseberg, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, U.S.A.
  • 1999 Doctoral degree at the University of Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
  • 1996 Master degree at the University of Salzburg, Austria