Maria Anisimova

Maria Anisimova is lecturer at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW). Since 2014 she leads the Applied Computational Genomics Team (ACGT) and is the group leader at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. She worked as senior researcher at the ETH Zurich (2007-2014) and as postdoc with Ziheng Yang (2005-2007) and Olivier Gascuel (2003-2005). Her PhD focused on methods for detecting positive selection and adaptive evolution in protein-coding genes (2000-2003, with Ziheng Yang, UCL, UK). Maria edited the book “Evolutionary Genomics: Statistical and computational methods” in 2 volumes (published in 2012 by Springer). Her group developed the CodonPhyML package for the maximum likelihood phylogeny inference with codon models; the Python library  TRAL  for detecting and analysing tandem repeats in genomic sequences  ; and the PrographMSA package for fast phylogeny-aware graph-based alignment for difficult genomics sequences.