Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: Diplom (equals to MSc) Nature Conservation, Anhalt University Bernburg, Germany; Dr. rer. nat. (Biology), Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany
Research Areas: evolution, systematics, conservation of reptiles and amphibians, ecophysiology, genomics, transcriptomics
Dr. Sebastian Kirchhof is a biologist with a focus on evolution, systematics, and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. He earned his doctorate in biology from the Humboldt University of Berlin, doing his research on diversity dynamics of African lizards under a changing climate at the Naturkundemuseum Berlin (Museum of Natural History). He now focuses on the genomic underpinnings of trait variations and evolutionary change in desert reptiles and tropical anurans. He uses functional genomics in combination with ecophysiology experiments to answer questions regarding genomic functions at the level of genes, RNA transcripts and proteins under extreme environmental conditions such as ultra-aridity (i.e., in deserts) and high elevations.