Dr. Astrid Böhne

Group Leader (Ambizione Fellow)

Current research

Sex determination is one of the most crucial decisions in an organism‘s development with a variety of morphological and behavioral consequences. My research focuses on the genetic basis of this decision and the evolution of sex-determining systems, especially in fish. Fish are the most successful vertebrate group in terms of species numbers. I am interested in understanding how this diversity could evolve and how newly evolving sex-determining systems are coupled to the process of speciation.

Curriculum vitae


Born in Castrop-Rauxel, Germany

Since 2011

Postdoctoral fellow with Walter Salzburger, University of Basel, Switzerland

2007 - 2010

PhD in Life Science with Prof. Jean-Nicolas Volff, Evolutionary Genomics of Vertebrates, ENS Lyon, France

2001 - 2007

Study of Biology, University of Würzburg, Germany

Research Grants

Swiss National Science Foundation, Ambizione Career Funding (grant PZ00P3_161462)
Freiwillige Akademische Gesellschaft Basel (support of a project with Hans Hofmann)

Swiss National Science Foundation, International Short Visit for a sequencing project with John Postlethwait (University of Oregon)


Postdoctoral research fellowship of the Volkswagen Science Foundation

2011 - 2012

Seed money Forschungsfond University Basel


Postdoctoral fellowship of the DAAD (German academic exchange service) and Research Fund, University of Basel

2007 - 2009

PhD grant European mobility of the French Ministry for Education, Research and Technology

2004 - 2005

Erasmus grant for a research stay at the department of Genetics, University of Barcelona, Spain