Alina Mikhailova

PhD Student


Tel.: +49-(0)251-83-21632

Room: 100.17


  • 2020 - present: Ph.D student at the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster
  • 2015 - 2020: Diploma (equ. to MSc) in Bioengineering and Bioinformatics, Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Kaliningrad, Russia

Research Interests

  • Comparative genomics
  • Evolution of sociality
  • Evolution of mutational spectrum
  • Mitochondrial genome structure and recombination


  • SMBE Undergraduate Award (2019)


  • Mikhailova A*, Rinke S*, & Harrison MC (2023). Genomic signatures of eusocial evolution in insects. Invited review
  • Mikhailova, A., Dohmen, E., & Harrison, M. C. (2023). Major changes in domain arrangements are associated with the evolution of termite castes. bioRxiv, 2023-05.
  • Shamanskiy, V., Mikhailova, A. A., Tretiakov, E. O., Ushakova, K., Mikhailova, A. G., Oreshkov, S., ... & Popadin, K. (2023). Secondary structure of the human mitochondrial genome affects formation of deletions. Bmc Biology, 21(1), 1-13.
  • Mikhailova, A. G., Mikhailova, A. A., Ushakova, K., Tretiakov, E. O., Iliushchenko, D., Shamansky, V., ... & Popadin, K. (2022). A mitochondria-specific mutational signature of aging: increased rate of A> G substitutions on the heavy strand. Nucleic acids research, 50(18), 10264-10277.
  • Fouks, B., Harrison, M. C., Mikhailova, A. A., Marchal, E., English, S., Carruthers, M., ... & Tobe, S. S. (2022). Live-bearing cockroach genome reveals convergent evolutionary mechanisms linked to viviparity in insects and beyond. bioRxiv, 2022-02.
  • A. G. Mikhailova, V. Shamansky, A. A. Mikhailova, …, K. Khrapko, K. Gunbin, K. Popadin “A mitochondrial mutational signature of temperature and longevity in ectothermic and endothermic vertebrates”
*Equal contributions