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Magdalena Zarowiecki working in the DNA laboratory
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  • 2005 M.Res. Biosystematics,  Imperial College and Natural History Museum, London
  • 2004, M.Sc. Zoological Systematic and Morphology, Gothenburg University, Sweden

Previous posts

  • 2006-2008 Tutor for M.Sc. Students, Imperial College, London
  • 1998-2001 Chairman of the Technichus Science Center Youth Council (TUR) and popular science guide and manager of guiding activities. Technichus i Mitt Sverige AB, Härnösand, Sweden
  • 1998-1999 Advisor of the Youth Cultural and Research Delegation (UKD), Västernorrland County Council

Professional roles

Professional roles


2005 Natural History Museum Prize Scholarship, U.K. Ph.D. stipend and research funding
2004 Fredrika-Bremer-Förbundets Stipendiestiftelse, Sweden 15’000 SEK
2004 Stiftelsen Olle Engkvist Byggmästare, Sweden 50’000 SEK
2002 Adlerbertska donationsfondens stipendium, Sweden 12’000 SEK

Conference participation

Evolution 2008, Minneapolis 2008 NHM Speciation symposium, London
2006-2008 Popgroup, Genetics society, Edinburgh, Manchester, Coventry
2007 BES Speciation symposium, Sheffield

Fieldwork experience

Myanmar, 2006, Myitkyina, Sittwe, Mandalay, Yangon
U.K., 2007, Kent and Anglesey
Thailand, 2008, Phang Nga, Koh Samet
India, 2008, Madras
Seychelles, 2008, Port Victoria
South Africa, 2008, Cape Province


PCR and sequencing
Allozyme staining
Polytene chromosome preparations


Research interests

Ecological and evolutionary speciation

Since Darwin (1859) published the book with the cumbersome title “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection”, researchers have tried to find out more about how one species can transform into one or more new species. Which are the drivers of this process, and are there common patterns between speciation processes? My Ph.D. concerns the speciation processes in mosquito species complexes in South East Asian mosquitoes.


The evolution and use of mitochondrial genomes in parasitic worms

As part of my Master of Research I published a paper on “Making the most of mitochondrial genomes – Markers for phylogeny, molecular ecology and barcodes in Schistosoma (Platyhelminthes: Digenea)”. Dr. Littlewood and myself have continued our collaboration, and are using similar methods to work on different strains of parasitic Cestodes, investigating how variation is distributed across the genome and which part of the genome provides better markers for the strains.

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My homepage




Essay on popular science in “Röster om teknik- Röster från Technichus” (2000)
Göran Fagerström, Ed. BTJ Tryck AB, Lund, p 126, ISBN 91-630-9327-8


Ph. D. project

Description of Ph.D. project Word (26.0 KB)

  • Douda Bensasson, Magdalena Zarowiecki, Austin Burt and Vassiliki Koufopanou ( 2008 ) Rapid Evolution of Yeast Centromeres in the Absence of Drive Genetics Vol. 178 : 2161-2167 . Genetics | 10.1534/genetics.107.083980
  • Zarowiecki, M.Z., Huyse, T., and Littlewood, D.T.J. ( 2007 ) Making the most of mitochondrial genomes- Markers for phylogeny, molecular ecologoy and barcodes in Schistosoma (Platyhelminthes: Digenea) International Journal of Parasitology 37(12) : 1401-18 . International Journal of Parasitology | 10.1016/j.ijpara.2007.04.014