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Michalak, Pawel , Ph.D.
Faculty - Michalak, Pawel

Associate Professor

Phone: (540) 231-3489
Email: pawel@vbi.vt.edu
Fax: (540) 231-2606

Michalak Research Group | Publications


  • Administrative Assistant: Jodi Lewis
    Phone: (540) 231-0714
    Email: jlewis@vbi.vt.edu

Professional Preparation

  • Jagiellonian University, Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D., 1997
  • University of Texas Arlington, Assistant Professor of Genomics and Genetics, 2003-2009
  • Louisiana State University, Department of Biological Sciences, postdoctoral, 2002-2003
  • The University of Chicago, Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy, NSF-NATO postdoc fellow, 2000-2002
  • Haifa University (Israel), Institute of Evolution, postdoctoral, US-Israel Binational Science Foundation fellow, 2000
  • University of Bialystok (Poland), Institute of Biology, biostatistics lecturer, 1998-2000
  • University of Aarhus (Denmark), Department of Genetics and Ecology, pre-doctoral fellow, 1996
  • Lodz University (Poland), Biology, MSc, 1993

Research Interests

  • Comparative genomics and evolution
  • Hybrid genomes and phenotypes
  • Genome reconfigurations due to hybridization, polyploidization, and cancer
  • Genome regulation and genetic conflicts
  • The evolution of stress resistance


Pawel Michalak is an associate professor at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute. He received his Ph.D. in 1997 from Jagiellonian University (Poland) and spent several years in pre- and postdoctoral training at Aarhus University (Denmark), University of Haifa (Israel), University of Chicago, and Louisiana State University. Prior to joining VBI in 2010, Michalak served as an assistant professor of genetics and genomics at University of Texas Arlington. Throughout his career, he has employed an integrative approach with a variety of molecular and computational techniques to rigorous understanding of how genes produce biological diversity and convey stress resistance.

Selected Publications

Hubner S, Rashkovetsky E, Kim YB, et al. Genome differentiation of Drosophila melanogaster from a microclimate contrast in Evolution Canyon, Israel. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013;110:21059–21064.

Malone JH, Michalak P. Physiological sex predicts hybrid sterility regardless of genotype. Science. 2008;319:59.

Michalak P, Minkov I, Helin A, et al. Genetic evidence for adaptation-driven incipient speciation of Drosophila melanogaster along a microclimatic contrast in “Evolution Canyon,” Israel. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2001;98:13195–13200.

Korol A, Rashkovetsky E, Iliadi K, Michalak P, Ronin Y, Nevo E. Nonrandom mating in Drosophila melanogaster laboratory populations derived from closely adjacent ecologically contrasting slopes at “Evolution Canyon”. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2000;97:12637–12642.