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My name is Jan-Niklas Runge and I'm a postdoctoral fellow in evolutionary biology with the Bendesky Lab at Columbia University. For my PhD, I was a member of the research group Evolution and Genetics of Social Behaviour at the University of Zurich (UZH). There, I was working on a selfish genetic element in house mice. Among other things, I wanted to understand how the element survived for as long as it did given the many fitness drawbacks it has. I specialized in behavioural biology during my M.Sc. studies at the University of Göttingen with field work on red-fronted lemurs at a research station of the German Primate Center (DPZ) in Kirindy forest, Madagascar. Apart from pure research, what also fascinates me about evolution is the impact that an understanding of our nature can and should have on our lives and our societies, which is why I gravitate towards the evolutionary humanist position.


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