Ann Kathrin (Ina) Huylmans

I am an evolutionary biologist by training. My main interest is how a genome can produce vastly different phenotypes such as males and females or different castes in social insects. To understand the evolutionary processes and constraints, I study mainly different species of Arthropods (insects and crustaceans) on the genomic and transcriptomic level. For this, I apply molecular biology techniques, as well as bioinformatics.

I recently joined the Institute for Organismic and Molecular Evolution at the University of Mainz as an assistant professor in autumn 2021.

I did my undergrad research in Erich Bornberg-Bauer’s lab, my PhD with John Parsch and my post-doctoral work in Beatriz Vicoso’s lab at the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Austria.

Please find my Google Scholar profile here and my ORCID ID is 0000-0001-8871-4961.

Research Positions

2021 – present: Assistant Professor, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

2016 – 2021:      Post-doctoral researcher, IST Austria

2012 – 2016:      PhD researcher, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Germany


2012 – 2016:     PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Germany

2009 – 2012:     MSc Biology, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

2010 – 2011:     Postgraduate Diploma of Science, University of Auckland, New Zealand

2006 – 2009:     BSc Biology, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

Grants & Awards

2018     FWF Lise-Meitner Postdoc Grant

2015     EES Young Researcher Prize

2014     DAAD Short-Term PhD Scholarship

2014     NERC Travel Grant

2014     Best Presentation Prize of the LSM Graduate School

2013     Annual Bernhard-Rensch Prize in Evolution and Biocomplexity