Patrick Tschopp

Patrick Tschopp



+41 61 207 56 49

Mailing address:
Patrick Tschopp
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CH-4051 Basel

Laboratory of Regulatory Evolution

Research interests

While I trained as a developmental and molecular biologist, I always had a keen interest in evolutionary questions as well – namely, in comparative developmental biology, also known as EvoDevo, to study embryology in different animal species. I am interested in how developmental processes can change over evolutionary timescales, to give rise to phenotypic novelties for natural selection to then act upon. In particular, I investigate how changes in gene regulation can pave the way for such alterations, in embryonic and post-embryonic development, and to what extent such alterations are even possible - that is, “developmental plasticity” versus “developmental constraint”. Given the recent rise in single-cell genomics technologies, we are now able to address these questions at the level of the basic biological unit of life, the individual cell. Accordingly, we can start to disentangle the relative importance of cell-intrinsic and -extrinsic factors in determining this balance between “plasticity” and “constraint”, and how external environmental factors might contribute to it in an EcoEvoDevo context.

Curriculum vitae

From Sept. 2016 Assistant Professor, DUW Zoology, University of Basel, Switzerland
2011 - 2016 Postdoctoral fellow with Cliff Tabin, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
2006 - 2011 PhD in Molecular Genetics with Denis Duboule, University of Geneva, Switzerland
2000 - 2005 Studies in Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland


2020 - 2024 Swiss National Science Foundation, Project funding (grant 310030_189242)
2020 - 2024 Swiss National Science Foundation, SINERGIA (grant CRSII5_189970)
2019 - 2021 3RCC Project Grant
2017 - 2020 Swiss National Science Foundation, Project funding (grant 31003A_170022)
2015 - 2016 Swiss National Science Foundation, Advanced Postdoc.Mobility fellowship
2012 - 2015 ‘Human Frontiers Science Program’ long-term postdoctoral fellowship
2012 EMBO long-term postdoctoral fellowship
2011 - 2012 Swiss National Science Foundation, prospective researcher fellowship
2006 - 2011 Swiss National Science Foundation, NCCR ‘Frontiers in Genetics’ PhD fellowship


List of publications at PubMed