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Génétique Quantitative et Évolution - Le Moulon


Assistant professor, Université Paris-Saclay

Evolutionary biology, population genetics

  • Evolution,
  • selection,
  • mathematical models,
  • population genetics,
  • quantitative genetics,
  • demography,
  • life-history strategies,
  • plant species,
  • self-fertilisation,
  • seed-dormancy



  • Génétique Quantitative et Évolution - Le Moulon
  • Université Paris-Saclay, INRAE, CNRS, AgroParisTech
  • Ferme du Moulon
  • F-91190 Gif-sur-Yvette

Positions and education

Research interests

I am a theoretical biologist working to develop models that account for complex genetic processes impacting the trajectories of species evolution. I am also interested in explicitly integrating life-history traits (self-fertilisation, seed-dormancy, life-span, etc.) to understand how such traits affect selection and adaptation.




  • Sellinger TPP., Abu‐Awad D., Tellier A.. (2021) Limits and convergence properties of the sequentially Markovian coalescent. Molecular Ecology Resources, 7 (21) 2231-2248
  • Abu Awad D. , Roze D.. (2020) Epistasis, inbreeding depression, and the evolution of self-fertilization. Evolution, 7 (74) 1301-1320
  • Clo J., Ronfort J., Abu Awad D. . (2020) Hidden genetic variance contributes to increase the short‐term adaptive potential of selfing populations. J Evol Biol, 9 (33) 1203-1215
  • Sellinger TPP., Abu Awad D. , Moest M., Tellier A., Mauricio R.. (2020) Inference of past demography, dormancy and self-fertilization rates from whole genome sequence data. PLoS Genet, 4 (16) e1008698
  • Abu Awad D. , Coron C.. (2018) Effects of demographic stochasticity and life-history strategies on times and probabilities to fixation. Heredity, 4 (121) 374-386
  • Abu Awad D. , Roze D.. (2018) Effects of partial selfing on the equilibrium genetic variance, mutation load, and inbreeding depression under stabilizing selection: SELFING AND STABILIZING SELECTION. Evolution, 4 (72) 751-769
  • Abu Awad D. , Billiard S.. (2017) The double edged sword: The demographic consequences of the evolution of self-fertilization: THE DOUBLE EDGED SWORD. Evolution, 5 (71) 1178-1190
  • Abu Awad D. , Billiard S., Tran VC.. (2016) Perenniality induces high inbreeding depression in self-fertilising species. Theoretical Population Biology, (112) 43-51
  • Abu Awad D. , Gallina S., Bonamy C., Billiard S., Khudyakov YE.. (2014) The Interaction between Selection, Demography and Selfing and How It Affects Population Viability. PLoS ONE, 1 (9) e86125
  • Gervais C., Abu Awad D. , Roze D., Castric V., Billiard S.. (2014) Genetic architecture of inbreeding depression and the maintenance of Gametophytic Self‐Incompatibility. Evolution, 11 (68) 3317-3324