Dr. Georg FJ Armbruster – lab technician

Dr. Georg FJ Armbruster
Hebelstrasse 1
4056 Basel

Tel.: +41 (0)61 207 29 76



Lab technician


Skills summary

  • Molecular Lab Supervisor
  • Lecturer in population genetics and systematic zoology
  • Interests Out-of-Office: Bird watching, land snails, Finnish language and grammar‚ Jass card game, travelling to islands


Former reviewer for journals and foundations, e.g.

  • Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
  • Conservation Genetics
  • BMC Evolutionary Biology
  • Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research
  • Marine Biology
  • Acta Oecologica
  • National Science Foundation (USA)
  • Israel Science Foundation


Teaching Experience

  • Molecular Methods in Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research (four weeks lab course; for 10 graduate students; Leipzig University, 1997-2001)
  • Molecular Techniques in Conservation Genetics (two weeks lab course for 5 graduate students; Basel University, 2003-2005)
  • Theory and Practise in Conservation Genetics (4 h lecture for 40 graduate students; Basel University, 2003-2005)
  • Ecological Field Course (one week field course for graduate students; Basel University, since 2007)
  • Comparative Anatomy of Animals (dissection course for 60 undergraduate students; Leipzig University, 1997-2001)
  • Determination of Invertebrates and Vertebrates (course in taxonomy and identification of animals; for 100 undergraduate students at Leipzig University, 1997-2001)
  • Faunistic Field Course (14 days field excursion on zoological diversity; for 100 undergraduate students; Leipzig University)
  • Ornithological, Entomological and Malacological Excursions (for undergraduates and graduates during summer semester; Leipzig and Basel University)
  • Evaluation of Invertebrate Collections of master students (Leipzig University, 1997-2001)
  • Taxonomy and Classification of Land Snails (course for 50 undergraduate students; Basel University in cooperation with Basel Museum of Natural History, 2002-2006)
  • Course in determination of animals (each spring semester, for 60 undergraduates and graduates; Basel University, since 2007)


Application of molecular methods

  • PCR, cloning, sequencing
  • Genome Data Surveys, e.g. screening the Human Genome and other open-sources to reconstruct phylogenetic information
  • Microsatellite DNA markers in populationgenetic and paternity reconstructions
  • RAPD fingerprinting
  • Allozyme electrophoresis
  • RNA secondary structure analyses
  • F-statistics and related methods in spatial population genetics
  • Phylogenetic trees inferred from DNA sequences




  • 1963 Born at Lake of Constance
  • 1979–1985 Conduction of nature conservation projects and field ornithological studies at Lake Constance, southern Germany.
  • 1985–1991 Study of Biology at the University of Tübingen (Germany), with focus on Systematic Zoology, Paleontology, Genetics and Plant Physiology.
  • Winter–Summer 1988 Graduate courses in populationgenetics and cytogenetics at the University of Helsinki and Oulu, Finland
  • 1991–1992 Master Thesis at the University of Tübingen on morphological and seasonal variability of hermaphroditic organs of land snails
  • 1992–1995 PhD thesis at the University of Tübingen supported by a grant of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg. In my PhD thesis, I focused on the delimitation of evolutionarily significant units of self-fertilizing snails, using molecular and morphological data series
  • 1995–1996 Researcher in ornithological, ecological and malacological projects at the NGO Institute BIOPLAN (Tübingen), and scientific co-worker as statistician at the University Hospital Tübingen
  • 1997    Postdoc Fellow of the German Science Foundation at the University of Leipzig, Department of Zoology, and Research Fellow at the CNRS Genetique & Environnement in Montpellier, France
  • 1998–2001 Lecturer and Research Assistant at the University of Leipzig, Department of Systematic Zoology/Ecology
  • Jan-Febr 2000 Research Fellow at the Australian Museum of Natural History (Sydney), supported by a grant of the German Science Foundation.
  • 2002–2006 Lab Supervisor, Lecturer and Research Assistant  at the University of Basel, Department of Environmental Sciences, Section of Conservation Biology
  • since January 2007 Senior Researcher & Lab Supervisor in Population Biology, Section of Plant Ecology, University of Basel