The Team

Sandra collecting Auchenorrhyncha in Wales during internship with Michael Wilson

Sandra Åhlén Mulio

Ph.D. student

  • from 2019: pursuing Ph.D. at Jagiellonian University, Poland
  • 2017-2018: M.Sc. in Entomology at Harper Adams University, England
  • 2011-2014: B.Sc. in Biology (Conservation and Diversity) at University of Halmstad, Sweden
I am a Swedish entomologist who specialises in Auchenorrhyncha but also have interests in conservation, diversity science communication and outreach. My research mainly revolves around the broad and diverse patterns of endosymbiotic relationships and occurrences in Auchenorrhyncha from an evolutionary perspective. In collaboration with Insect Biome Atlas in Sweden, I hope to be able to contribute to the project by characterising the pattern of endosymbionts in Swedish specimens. Follow me on Twitter.
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Hamed Azarbad

Postdoctoral Researcher

  • from 2019: postdoc at Jagiellonian University, Poland
  • 2016-2019: postdoc at INRS-Institut Armand Frappier, Canada 
  • 2010-2015: Ph.D. in Biology, Jagiellonian University, Poland
  • 2010-2014: Ph.D. in Microbial Ecology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2007-2010: Master in Natural Science, University of Tehran, Iran
  • 2002-2006: Bachelor in Natural Science, University of Zabol, Iran
Hamed is interested in the role of microbiome in host adaptation to abiotic stresses. His postdoctoral research focuses on the response of the insect communities and their associated microbiome to climate change. Read more about his research and follow him on Twitter.

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Mateusz Buczek

  • from 2019: Research Specialist, Jagiellonian University, Poland

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Monika Prus

  • from 2019: Laboratory Manager, Jagiellonian University, Poland
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Lab Associates

Ela Iwaszkiewicz

Postdoctoral Researcher – Swedish Natural History Museum

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  • from 2019 – Postdoc at Natural History Museum in Stockholm (Sweden)
  • 2015 – 2019 – PhD at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön (Germany)
  • 2012 – 2014 – MSc in Oceanography at Sorbonne University, Paris (France)
  • 2008 – 2011 – BSc in Biology & BSc in Psychology at the University of Warsaw (Poland)

I am an evolutionary geneticist interested in uncovering and understanding the diversity of life.

In my PhD I studied hybrid speciation in fish. By means of a yearly transcriptomic time series of wild fish combined with a common garden experiment, I observed how hybridization facilitated rapid local adaptation.

During my postdoc at the Natural History Museum in Stockholm I am working within the Insect Biome Atlas in collaboration with Symbioses Evolution Group to develop and implement novel DNA techniques to describe insect fauna of Sweden. Comprehensive sampling of insects both in time and space will allow us to understand how insect communities are distributed and how they react to changing environment.

Outside of research I have passion for science outreach and bio-hacking. Read more about my current and past projects at


The team is expanding. We seek dynamic young researchers – students, postdocs, and external collaborators – interested in the study of insect symbioses, whether as a part of the team or in collaboration.

We offer opportunities to join in challenging research in a rapidly developing field, become involved in global collaborations, learn cutting-edge research techniques and acquire transferable skills, while networking with Polish and international colleagues.

Any new funded opportunities will be advertised here. Consider applying for independent funding to work with us, including:

Interested? Get in touch!