Biosystematics, informatics and genomics of the big 4 insect groups: training tomorrow's researchers and entrepreneurs


Miroslav Valan
Miroslav Valan is currently working in the Department of Bioinformatics and Genetics at the Swedish Museum of Natural History (SMNH) and Savantic AB both from Stockholm, Sweden. His BIG4 project is "Accelerating taxonomic research using image recognition systems and citizen science contribution". The project is supervised by Fredrik Ronquist (SMNH) and co-su... show more
Hamid Reza Ghanavi
Hamid’s PhD thesis is focused on "The evolutionary history of Lepidoptera". He works in Lund University, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Niklas Wahlberg on developing a robust phylogeny of all Lepidoptera including rare lineages and specially focusing on presenting a timeframe for the evolutionary processes which shaped the actual phylogenetic relat... show more
Ashish Tomar
Ashish Tomar is currently working at Era7 Bioinformatics, Spain as an Early Stage Researcher (ESR). His project in the BIG4 consortium is to design and implement a cloud based system for the storage and analysis of genomic and metagenomic data and a layer on top of Bio4j for facilitating the use of this platform for systematists working with insects. This project is s... show more
Elsa Call
Elsa is a PhD student at the Department of Biology, Lund University (Sweden). She works on the development of next-generation sequencing techniques for DNA from museum specimens. Her project focuses on molecular phylogenetics, more precisely on Lepidoptera (butterflies) phylogenomics. This project is under the supervision of Niklas Wahlberg and Mikael Hedrén.El... show more