I am a member of the Applied Zoology group at the TU Dresden.
I am an evolutionary biologist and I am investigating the interaction between the mitochondrial and the nuclear genome. A fine-tuned interplay between the two genomes is of great importance as already small mismatches can lead to severe diseases and phenotypic abnormities. To learn which genes in the mitochondrial and/or the nuclear genome are responsible for the disease or phenotypic abnormity I use flies (D. melanogaster) with specific combinations of the two genomes. By investigating the effects of the specific combinations, and how they differ between the combination I can identify candidate genes that may be the trigger for the diseases. With detailed knowledge about the genes that cause the diseases it will be possible to develop therapies or cures for these diseases.
18.05.2018 – TU Dresden Press release about our paper in ‘Human Reproductive Update’.
09.09.2018 – New paper out: ‘The cytoplasm affects the epigenome in Drosophila melanogaster‘
03.-06.09.2017 – Poster presentation at the Mitochondrial Genomics and Evolution – an SMBE Satellite Meeting in Ein Gesi (ISR). Poster available here.
16.10.2015 – New paper out: ‘An Ecology of Sperm: Sperm Diversification by Natural Selection’
01.12.2014 – Start new position in the Applied Zoology at the TU Dresden
27.07.2013 – New paper out: ‘A meta-analysis of the strength and nature of cytoplasmic genetic
01.10.2013 – Start own group (as part of the DFG Nachwuchakademie OFFSPRing) at the University of Tübingen
29.06.2011 – New paper out on the ‘Influence of weight asymmetry and kinship on siblicidal and cannibalistic
behaviour in earwigs’
01.01.2011 – Start postdoc position in Klaus Reinhardt’s Group at the University of Tübingen