Brno Ph.D. Talent

Farshad Nejat

Host-specific parasites highlight the role of the Middle East in their cyprinoid hosts dispersion and diversification

Lector: prof. RNDr. Andrea Vetešníková Šimková, Ph.D. ; Mgr. Michal Benovics, Ph.D.

Institution: Masaryk University, Faculty of Science

Field: Ecological and Evolutionary Biology


About the project

This project aims to investigate the diversity and phylogeny of monogeneans that parasitize cyprinoid fish from the Middle East which represents the most important historical area of species interchange between the Asian, European, and African continents. Monogenean parasites will be applied as a supplementary tool to infer (1) historical contacts of cyprinoid fish between the Middle East and Mediterranean areas, and (2) contemporary ecological contacts within Cyprinoidei.


Why science?

For me, science is a way to look for answers, feed my curiosity and find the connection in different facts. Ecology is a branch of science that studies the interaction of organisms to their environment and themselves. Nothing is much alluring for me than understanding these interactions, so being in this field of science matches all my interests.


What do I like most about Brno

Brno offers a wide variety of opportunities to students like me. One of the more fascinating features of Brno is how smart a city it is. It has unique public transportation, and to keep up with the smart city theme, I can manage my civil services like waste taxes, bus passes, etc., at a single online account, BrnoID.