Research & Publications
Günter P. Wagner is an evolutionary geneticist with training in biochemcial engineering, zoology and mathematics from the University of Vienna, Austria. He spent six postdoctoral years at the Max Planck Institutes for Biophysical Chemistry (Goettingen, Germany) and for Developmental Biology (Tübingen, Germany). His academic career started at the University of Vienna and in 1991 he received a call to assume a full professorship at the Biology Department at Yale. From 1996 to 2001 he was Chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale, and in 2010 his lab moved to the Systems Biology Institute at Yale's West Campus.
Dr. Wagner's research interest is the evolution of gene regulation as it pertains to the origin of evolutionary novelties. In particular the lab is focusing on the evolution of the endometrial stromal cells in the context of the evolutionary origin of pregnancy. Another focus of my lab is the developmental basis of character identity, as for instance in the case of digit identity of birds.
In 1992 Dr. Wagner received the MacArthur Fellowship for my research on the developmental basis of homology and in 1997 he was elected both to become corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2010 Dr, Wagner was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Education & Training
- PostdocMax-Planck-Institute for Developmental Biology (1985)
- PostdocUniversity of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany (1982)
- PostdocMax Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry (1981)
- PhDUniversity of Vienna, Zoology (1979)
- Evolutionary Adaptive SystemsItaly 2008Professor Wagner researches complex adaptive systems using artificial life models.
- Evoluntionary MechanismsGermany 2003Professor Wagner conducts research into the mathematical theory of evolutionary mechanisms.
Honors & Recognition
|Humboldt Research Prize||Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany||2007|
|Corresponding Member||Austrian Academy of Sciences||1997|
|Elected Fellow||American Association for the Advancement of Science||1997|
|MacArthur Fellowship||JD and KT MacArthur Foundation||1992|