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.
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