Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2007
    Senior research fellow and lecturer, Computer science Department of ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  • 2005 – 2007
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Group of Prof Ziheng Yang, Biology department, University College London, UK

  • 2004
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Group of Prof Olivier Gascuel, LIRMM, University of Montpellier II, France

  • 2000 – 2003
    PhD in Statistical Genomics, University College London, UK

  • 1999 – 2000
    MRes in Modeling biological complexity (with distinction), University College London, UK

  • 1997 – 1999
    Head of maths and teacher, Bellerbys College London, Study Group International, UK

  • 1993 – 1997
    Assistant lecturer School of Geometry, Nizhny Novgorod Pedagogical State University, Russia

  • 1988 – 1993
    MSci in Mathematics (with distinction = Red diploma) Pedagogical University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

Selected publications

  • Anisimova, M., J. P. Bielawski, and Z. Yang 2001. Accuracy and power of the likelihood ratio test to detect adaptive molecular evolution. Mol. Biol. Evol. 18:1585-1592

  • Anisimova, M. and O. Gascuel. 2006. Approximate likelihood ratio test for branches: a fast, accurate and powerful alternative. Syst. Biol. 55(4):539-552.

  • Anisimova, M. and C. Kosiol 2009. Investigating protein-coding sequence evolution with probabilistic codon substitution models. Mol. Biol. Evol. 26(2):255-271.

  • Remigi P., M. Anisimova, A. Guidot, S. Genin and N. Peeters. 2011. Functional diversification of the GALA type-three effector family contributes to Ralstonia solanacearum adaptation on several plant hosts. New Phytologist 192: 976-987.

  • Anisimova, M., M. Gil, JF. Dufayard, C. Dessimoz and O. Gascuel 2011. Survey of branch support methods demonstrates accuracy, power, and robustness of fast likelihood-based approximation schemes. Syst Biol 60:685-699.

  • Schaper, E., A.V. Kajava, A. Hauser, and M. Anisimova 2012. Repeat or not repeat? – Statistical validation of tandem repeat prediction in genomic sequences Nucl. Acids Res. Doi: 10.1093/nar/gks726.

  • Anisimova, M. (Ed) 2012 Evolutionary Genomics: statistical and computational methods, Volumes 1 and 2, Springer.

Selected projects

  • Modeling evolution of proteins with tandem repeats and their associations to human disease

  • Fast and accurate phylogenetic inference with codon models

  • Synonymous changes in protein-coding genes with strong genetic fitness effects

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Reviewing funding applications for:

  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AASF)

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Member of:

  • PeerJ

  • Peerage of Science

Additional qualifications

  • Trained as teacher of Mathematics, Information technologies and English

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Family with three kids

  • Other interests/activities: Education and teaching, science writing, music and hiking


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