School of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Associate Professor of Ecology

Manager of the Molecular Genetic Laboratory

Graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University Faculty of Medicine in 2002, Master’s degree in biology and zoology. Graduated from Ilia State University in 2012 and defended his doctoral thesis on “Animal species and population structure research in the Caucasus”. Has worked at Ilia State University since 2007.

Scientific interests / research interests

  • Conservation genetics
  • Evolutionary biology and phylogenetics
  •  Genetic research of Caucasian endemic species
  • Population genetics of animal species

 Featured publications

  • Gabelaia, M., Tarkhnishvili, D., Murtskhvaladze, M. 2015.Phylogeography and morphological variation in a narrowly distributed Caucasian rock lizard, Darevskia mixta.Amphibia-Reptilia 36: 45-54
  • Tarkhnishvili, D., Gavashelishvili, A., Murtskhvaladze, M., Gabelaia, M., Tevzadze, G. 2014.Human Paternal Lineages, Languages and Environment in the Caucasus.Human Biology 86: 113-130
  • Tarkhnishvili D., Murtskhvaladze M., Gavashelishvili A. 2013. Speciation in Caucasian lizards: climatic dissimilarity of the habitats is more important than isolation time. Biological Journal of the LinneanSociety 109 (4): 876-892.
  • Mumladze L., Tarkhnishvili D., Murtskhvaladze M. 2013.Systematics and evolutionary history of large endemic snails from the Caucasus (Helix buchii, H. goderdziana).American Malacological Bulletin 31 (2): 225-234.
  • Murtskhvaladze M, Gurielidze Z, Kopaliani N, Tarkhnishvili D. 2012. Gene introgression between Gazella subguturrosa and G. marica: limitations of maternal inheritance analysis for species identification with conservation purposes. ActaTheriologica 57 (4): 383-386.
  • Khorozyan I, MaLKhaSyan A, Murtskhvaladze M. 2011. The striped hyaena Hyaena hyaena (Hyaenidae, Carnivora) rediscovered in Armenia, Folia Zool., 60 (3): 253–261.
  • Tarkhnishvili D, Gavashelishvili A, Avaliani A, Murtskhvaladze M, Mumladze L. 2010.Unisexual rock lizard might be outcompeting its bisexual progenitors in the Caucasus. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 101, 447-460
  • Murtskhvaladze M, Gavashelishvili A, Tarkhnishvili D. 2010.Geographic and genetic boundaries of brown bear (Ursus arctos) population in the Caucasus. Molecular Ecology, 19, 1829-1841
  • Murtskhvaladze M, Tarkhnishvili D., 2006. Estimation of Brown Bear Abundance and Population Structure in Borjom_Kharagauli national Park with Molecular-Genetic Methods. Proc. Georgian Acad. Sci., Biol. Ser B. Vol 4, No 4.

Current Courses

Course Catalog

Bachelor’s level

  • Genetic analysis and preservation of species, Spring semester

Master’s level

  • Molecular genetic research methods in ecology, Spring semester
  • Genetic data management, Fall semester
  • Laboratory Practicum Fall Semester