Evopad Research
Schematic graph depicting the EvoPAD projects and their interconnections
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EvoPAD unites biological, medical, and philosophical research with the core idea to use the theory of evolution to understand processes leading to adaptation and/or disease. The programme focusses on three core research areas – each of them comprising several individual research projects which are led by one Principal Investigator (PI) and one Co-PI, often from a different discipline. While the precise research questions differ among the doctoral projects, already recognised and yet-to-be-identified general principles often act across different levels and in different study systems. This allows for strong interactions between different faculties.

Research area A: Evolutionary processes in infectious diseases

Research area B: Plasticity of genomes and phenotypes and its relevance for health and disease

Research area C: Philosophy of evolution and disease