Lorena Derežanin

PhD student

Department of Evolutionary Genetics


Tel: 0049 (0) 30 5168 - 337

Short curriculum vitae

Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Potsdam and conducting my research at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) in Berlin. I hold a BSc degree in Biology and an MSc degree in Experimental Biology obtained at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. In my research, I study the evolution of gene families in the genomes of carnivoran mammals (mustelids, felids, canids and their allies), with an emphasis on the structural variation in highly variable immune gene families.

Prior to beginning of my PhD research, I gained experience in molecular analysis and laboratory methods during my studies and while volunteering in another department of the IZW (Dept. of Wildlife Diseases).

Adaptive genetic variation in mustelid species

Complete mitochondrial genome of the meerkat (Suricata suricatta, Herpestidae)

Research interests
  • Evolution of mammal genomes in distinct environmental contexts           
  • Structural variation in genomes of carnivoran species
  • Adaptive traits and convergent evolution
Selected publications
Derežanin L, Fickel J, Förster DW (2020): The complete mitochondrial genome of the meerkat (Suricata suricatta) and its phylogenetic relationship with other feliform species. MITOCHOND DNA Part B 5, 1100-1101.
Last updated on  May 28, 2020.