Welcome to the Cristescu Lab

Our research group uses ecological genomics approaches to study the evolution and maintenance of biological diversity in aquatic ecosystems

Research Themes

  • The nature and scale of recombination and mutation rate variation across genomes;
  • Speciation in ancient lakes.
  • Developing molecular methods for assessing biodiversity trends and ecosystem health
  • Understanding the ecology (production, degradation, persistence) of environmental DNA and RNA
  • The genetics of aquatic invasions and habitat transitions


  • Laboratory and field experiments with aquatic invertebrates
  • Bioinformatics
  • Barcoding and metabarcoding
  • Metagenomics and metatranscriptomics
  • Phylogenomics
  • Population genetics

Interested in joining our research group?


Lake Hertel

       Lake Hertel

Lab work

        In the Lab


       For the Environment

Melania Cristescu

       Remote Teaching



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