Zuzana Musilová

Universität Basel,
Zoologisches Institut
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel


+41 (0)61 207 03 05

+41 (0)61 207 03 01


Postdoctoral fellow in the group of Walter Salzburger.

Current research

I like fish since my childhood and my research specialization is molecular genetics and genomics of fishes.

Recently, I am focused on genomics and transcriptomics in East African cichlid fishes (haplochromines). My research project is based on the next-generation genomic and transcriptomic data (in Salzburger Lab).

Further, my previous projects and/or the running side-projects cover mainly 1) phylogeny of Neotropical cichlids with special interest in biogeography and phylogeography, 2) phylogeography of African cichlid fishes (samples from Angola), 3) barcoding of Angolan fishes, and 4) biogeography of fish genus Nemacheilus in Sundaland, SE Asia. I also participated in the projects focused on evolutionary history of the European loaches (genus Cobitis) and the Antarctic family Nototheniidae (genus Trematomus).


  • JANKO K., MARSHALL C., MUSILOVÁ, Z., VAN HOUDT, J., CRUAUD, C., LECOINTRE, G., 2011 - Multilocus analyses of an Antarctic fish species flock (Teleostei, Notothenioidei, Trematominae): Phylogenetic approach and test of the early-radiation event. Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 60:3, 305-316. (IF = 3.889). DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.03.008
  • MUSILOVÁ, Z., SCHINDLER, I., STAECK, W., 2009 - Description of Andinoacara stalsbergi sp. n. (Teleostei: Cichlidae: Cichlasomatini) from Pacific coastal rivers in Peru, and annotation on the phylogeny of the genus. Vertebrate zoology, 59(2): 131-141.
  • MUSILOVÁ, Z., ŘÍČAN, O., NOVÁK, J., 2009 - Phylogeny of the Neotropical cichlid fish tribe Cichlasomatini (Teleostei: Cichlidae) based on morphological and molecular data, with the description of a new genus, Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionairy research, 47: 234-247 (IF = 1.791)
  • MUSILOVÁ, Z., ŘÍČAN, O., JANKO, K., NOVÁK, J., 2008 - Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of the Neotropical cichlid fish tribe Cichlasomatini (Teleostei: Cichlidae: Cichlasomatinae), Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 46:2, 659-672. (IF = 3.889)
  • ŘÍČAN, O., MUSILOVÁ, Z., MUŠKA, M., NOVÁK, J., 2005: Development of Colour Patterns in Neotropical Cichlids (Perciformes: Cichlidae: Cichlasomatinae). Folia Zoologica, 54: 1-46 (IF = 0,5)

Curriculum vitae

2011 – present postdoctoral fellow in Salzburger lab, Basel University, Switzerland; under leading of ass. prof. Walter Salzburger
2006 – 2011 PhD. study (zoology), Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and doctoral research position in Laboratory of Fish Genetics, Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
2006 – (January – May) research stage in cytogenetic laboratory in Departamento de Biologia Ambiental, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, Europe; under leading of prof. Maria Joao Collares-Pereira
2001 – 2006 M.Sc. (zoology), Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic
Born 1983 in Jindrichuv Hradec, Czechoslovakia