Evopad Research
Schematic graph depicting the EvoPAD projects and their interconnections


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