• Hector Fellows

    Distinguished researchers in STEM fields.

Prof. Dr. Axel Meyer

(Full) Professor for Zoology / Evolutionary Biology, University of Konstanz

Hector Fellow since 2010

Axel Meyer is professor of Zoology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Konstanz.

He belongs to the pioneers in the field of evolutionary biology. For example, he found out that speciation may occur without geographic barriers and discovered that genome evolution is possible within few decades. Furthermore, he did pioneer work using genetic data to demonstrate relationships of individual species. By means of genomic data, he demonstrated that all modern fishes stem from an evolutionary line, in which a genome duplication occurred. 

For his scientific work Axel Meyer received, among others, an Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) and the Carus Medal of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and the Academy Award of the Berlin-Brandenburgischen Academy of Science. He was fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Berlin and at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University. The magazine CICERO lists him among the most important intellectuals of Germany. He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Academia Europaea and the European Molecular Biology Organization.

Research fields

Evolutionary Biology

Genesis of genomic, developmental and morphological diversity as well as their evolutionary interconnections


Stress & Epigenetics: How fishes contribute to the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder – An interdisciplinary research project by Prof. Dr. Axel Meyer & Prof. Dr. Thomas Elbert

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