Barbora Trubenová

Postdoc in Nick Barton Group 





Research interest

My greatest scientific interest is in mathematical modelling of biological processes.  I seek to understand underlying mechanisms and dependencies in these complex biological problems.  Between October 2014 and December 2016 I participated in an interdisciplinary project SAGE (Speed of Adaptation in Population Genetics and Evolutionary Computation), focusing on the analysis of adaptation, especially its speed and feasibility. Currently, I am continuing in this research in project RACE (Rate of Adaptation in a Changing Environment) that was awarded Marie Sklodowska Curie fellowship. I am directing my research towards adaptability of organisms in a changing environment to assist conservation efforts. I hope that my research can help to identify potential measures that need be taken to maintain biodiversity and protect endangered species. 



Oliveto, P.S., Paixao, T., Perez-Heredia, J.,  Sudholt, D., and Trubenova, B. (2017): How to Escape Local Optima in Black Box Optimisation: When Non-Elitism Outperforms Elitism. Algorithmica. 

Perez-Heredia, J., Trubenova, B., Sudholt, D., and Paixao, T. (2016): Selection limits to adaptive walks on correlated landscapes. Genetics. 

Paixao, T., Perez-Heredia, J., Sudholt, D., and Trubenova, B. (2016): First Steps Towards a Runtime Comparison of Natural and Artificial Evolution. Algorithmica. 

Oliveto, P.S. Paixao, T., Perez-Heredia, J., Sudholt, D., and Trubenova, B. (2016): When Non-Elitism Outperforms Elitism for Crossing Fitness Valleys. GECCO 2016 Proceedings. ACM Press. Invited for a special issue in Algorithmica 

Paixao, T., Badkobeh G., Barton, N., Corus, D., Dang, D., Friedrich, T., Lehre, P.K., Sudholt, D., Sutton, A.M. and Trubenova, B. (2015): Toward a unifying framework for evolutionary processes. Journal of Theoretical Biology: 383 

Paixao, T., Perez-Heredia, J., Sudholt, D., and Trubenova, B. (2015): First Steps Towards a Runtime Comparison of Natural and Artificial Evolution. GECCO 2015 Proceedings. ACM Press

Trubenova, B., Novak, S. and Hager, R. (2015): Indirect genetic effects: Dynamics of interactions. PLOS ONE: 10(5), e0126907

Shimizu, H., Woodcock, S.A., Wilkin, M.B., Trubenova, B., Monk, N.A.M. and Baron, M. (2014): Compensatory flux changes within an endocytic trafficking network maintain thermal robustness of Notch signaling. Cell: 157(5).1160-74

Trubenova, B. and Hager, R. (2014): Social selection and indirect genetic effects in structured populations. Evolutionary Biology: 41(1). 123-133.

Trubenova, B. and Hager, R. (2012): Phenotypic and evolutionary consequences of social behaviours: Interactions among individuals affect direct genetic effects. PLOS ONE: 7(10), e476640.

Trubenova, B. and Hager, R. (2012): Reproductive skew theory. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. 1-9. Chichester: Wiley.


2017 - 2018 Institute of Science and Technology Austria. Postdoctoral researcher, MSC Individual Fellowship, project RACE: Rate of adaptation in a changing environment.

2014 - 2016 Institute of Science and Technology Austria. Postdoctoral researcher, project SAGE: Speed of adaptation in population genetics and evolutionary computations.

2009 - 2014  PhD in Computational and evolutionary biology, The University of Manchester. Evolutionary consequences of social interactions. Supervisor: Dr Reinmar Hager.

2007 - 2009  Biophysics, Comenius University, Bratislava. Simulation of magnetic particles in magnetic field. Awarded Dean's prize. Supervisor: Prof. Peter Babinec. Graduated `with honours'. 

Outreach and other projects

Correspondence seminar and competition for high school students

Together with Himani Sachdeva, Kristina Hudakova and in collaboration with IST Austria, we are running a correspondence seminar and competition for high school students in Slovakia called Selected Topics in Evolutionary Biology. Please check out our website for more information. 

Evolutionary activities for high school students

Together with Kristina Hudakova, we created a collection of evolution related activities suitable for high school students. The collection aims to promote awareness of the basic concepts of evolution and facilitate a better understanding of a wide range of topics in biology. The activities can be used directly in classes, seminars, or at home. They cover a variety of topics and have various time requirements, from short reading activities to plant-growing projects spanning multiple weeks. Each activity consists of teaching notes and printable student sheets and materials, and can be incorporated into the classroom with little extra effort from the instructor. 

Complete Slovak version created with a support from ESEB can be found here

Shortened English version, supported by IST Austria, can be found here






My complete CV can be found here.