Langyu Gu

Universität Basel,
Zoologisches Institut
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel


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Langyu Gu

PhD student in the group of Walter Salzburger.

Current research

One of the most fascinating questions in evolutionary biology is to integrate morphology, behavior and genetics to uncover the mechanisms of speciation and adaptation. The pigment patterns on male anal fins of cichlid fish play an important role in their breeding behavior, providing an ideal model to deal with these questions. My project is to find genetic basis of adaptive radiation and convergent evolution of these pigmentation in cichlid fish.

Curriculum vitae

Born 1988 in Jilin, China

2012-present PhD student at the Zoological Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland
2009-2012 MSc major in Zoology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
2005-2009 BSc major in Biological Science, College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China


  • Langyu Gu*, Yang Liu*, Pinjia Que, Zhengwang Zhang. 2013. Quaternary climate and environmental changes have shaped genetic differentiation in a Chinese pheasant endemic to the eastern margin of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 67:129-139.(* These authors contributed equally to this work).
  • Langyu Gu, Yang Liu, Ning Wang, Zhengwang Zhang. 2012. A panel of polymorphic microsatellites in the Blue Eared Pheasant (Crossoptilon auritum) developed by cross-species amplification. Chinese Birds, 3: 103-107.
  • Ning Wang, Jiang Chang, Langyu Gu, Zhengwang Zhang. 2009. Polymorphic microsatellites in the Reeveā€™s pheasant developed by cross-species amplification. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 55: 627-629.