Pavel Payne

PhD Student

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I am interested in the role of trade-offs in/between traits in evolution, particularly in maintenance of polymorphisms and as limits to adaptation. As a model system I am using an adaptive immune system of prokaryotes known as the CRISR system. Such a system is anticipated to impose some costs on its bearers when there are no pathogens around, while it is clearly beneficial when it comes to defense against them. I am aiming to elucidate the cost, reconstruct the actual shape this trade-off and investigate in vivo and in silico how does it affect dynamics of Escherichia coli populations in terms of coexistence of susceptible and immune individuals in space and time both in absence and presence of a bacteriophage



 2011 – present


  • PhD studies at the Institute of Science and Technology, Austria, Evolutionary Genetics and Experimental Evolution, affiliation Bollback and Barton group
  • Courses passed: Classics in Evolutionary Biology, Problems in Evolutionary Genetics, Discrete Mathematics and Probability, Molecular Cell Biology I, Algorithms, Evolutionary Genetics Workshop etc.

2009 – 2011


  • MSc. studies of Natural Sciences, Charles University in Prague, field of study Theoretical and Evolutionary Biology
  • Diploma thesis The Role of Genetic Variability in Speciation, supervisor  Jitka Polechova PhD from IST Austria, defense graded “A”
  • Principle studies included: Evolutionary Biology, Microevolution and Macroevolution, Evolution of Phenotype, Theoretical Biology, Macroecology, Mathematical Ecology, Biostatistics



2005 – 2009


  • Bachelor degree of Natural Sciences, Charles University in Prague,  field of study Ecology and Environmental Protection
  • Bachelor’s thesis on a theme Effect of Management on Biodiversity of Meadow Communities, defense graded “A”
  •  Final exams graded “A”
  •  Principle studies included: Cell Biology, Genetics, Zoology, Ecology, Botany, Mathematics, Ecology of Communities, Conservation Biology




2001 – 2005


  • High school aimed at Science
  • Final exams with distinction




  • 09/2011 – Presentation and poster at Niche Theory and Speciation Workshop in Keszthely, Hungary
  • 01/2010 – 02/2010 Scholarship provided by OeAD - AKTION for finishing MSc. thesis at IST
  • 10/2010 Organizing Symposium on Speciation in Prague
  • 27/09/2010 – 01/10/2010 Participation in Evolutionary Genetics Workshop, IST Austria
  • 2009/2010 Merit scholarship





Language skills:


  • Czech: native
  • English: fluent
  • German: intermediate  
  • Italian: beginner




Computer skills:


  • Programming in Mathematica, R-project,