Zeeshan Ayaz Mirza

PhD Student
Department Integrative Evolutionary Biology
+49 7071 601

Curriculum Vitae


2022-ongoing: PhD, Max Planck Institute for Biology, Tübingen (Germany)

2019-2022: Masters of Sciences, Trans-Disciplinary University, Bangalore (India)

2007–2012: Bachelors of Sciences, Mumbai University from Bhavan’s College, Mumbai (India)

2004–2006: High school, Biology, Mumbai University from Bhavan’s College, Mumbai (India)



2020: Roger Conant Grants-in-Herpetology (USA)

2019: Nature Mates Young Scientist Award (India)

2019: Infosys Travel Award (India)

2019: Mohammed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (USA)

2018: American Arachnological Society (USA)

2018: IdeaWild Grant for equipment (USA)

2017 to 2022: Singinawa Conservation Foundation, sponsorship (India)

2017: Ernst Mayr Travel Grant (USA)

2016: Second Rufford Small Grant (UK)

2015: Vincent Roth Award, American Arachnological Society (USA)

2015: French Institute Pondicherry, Indian Biodiversity Portal Fellowship (India)

2014: Joint- ‘Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Service Award’ (India)

2014: IdeaWild Grant for equipment (USA)

2013: Rufford Small Grant (UK)

2013: Travel grant to visit Natural History Museum, London, Newby Trust Limited (UK)

2012: Grant to procure equipment from The Gerry Martin Project (India)

2011: Shrusti Mitra Award, Centre for Environment Education & Gov. of Maharashtra (India)

2010: Sanctuary Asia- Royal Bank of Scotland Young Naturalist Award (India)

2009: Vincent Roth Award from American Arachnological Society (USA)


Broad research interests

Systematics, biogeography, molecular phylogenetics, speciation, reptiles, arachnids, regenerative biology, comparative genomics



Member, IUCN/Species Survival Commission Spider and Scorpion Specialist Group

Member, IUCN/Species Survival Commission Skink Specialist Group

Member, IUCN/Species Survival Commission Snake Specialist Group


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