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Postdoctoral Fellows – Working Fields

  • Dr. Wen Hu
    Population genetics
  • Dr. Yuliia Kanana
    Speciation genetics
  • Dr. Eduardo Moreno
    Genetics and natural variation of oxygen perception in Pristionchus
  • Dr. Misako Okumura
    The neurobiology of nematode predation
  • Dr. Cameron Weadick
    Evolution of longevity in Pristionchus nematodes
  • Dr. Gaurav Sanghvi
    Plant pathology
  • Dr. Gabriel Markov
    Pristionchus pacificus Genomics and Bioinformatics
  • Dr. Josephine Piffaretti
    Developmental plasticity
  • Dr. Daniel Bumbarger
    Neurobiology - Connectomics
  • Dr. Erik Ragsdale
    Developmental plasticity
  • Dr. Angela McGaughran
    Pristionchus population genomics
  • Dr. Robbie Rae
    Pristionchus-bacterial interactions
  • Dr. Katy Morgan
    Population genetics
  • Dr. Akira Ogawa
    Dauer Development in Pristionchus pacificus
  • Dr. Laure Villate
    Population genetics
  • Dr. Frederico Brown
    Nematode mutation behavior
  • Dr. Nadine Borchert
    Proteomics in Pristionchus pacificus
  • Dr. Qiong Wang 
    Nematode-bacterial interactions
  • Dr. Christoph Dieterich
    Bioinformatics and genome annotation in Pristionchus pacificus
  • Dr. David Rudel
    Gonad development in Pristionchus pacificus
  • Dr. Ray Hong
    Olfaction in Pristionchus pacificus
  • Dr. André Pires da Silva
    Sex determination in Pristionchus pacificus
  • Dr. Kaj Grandien
    Regulation of Hox genes and their evolution
  • Dr. Ilil Carmi
    Pristionchus pacificus developmental biology

Graduate Students – Thesis Titles

  • Maša Lenuzzi
    Genetics of temperature-induced plasticity in dimorphic nematode Pristionchus pacificus
  • Bogdan Sieriebriennikov
    Environmental Genetic Regulation of Mouth-Form Plasticity in Pristionchus pacificus
  • Nermin Akduman
    The influence of bacterial diet on behavior, metabolism and development in Pristionchus pacificus
  • Siyu Zhou
    Genetic and genomic studies of the parasitic nematode Strongyloides spp. - the human parasite S. stercoralis and the laboratory model spiecies S. papillosus
  • Marc Claaßen
    HPLC-qTOF-Analysis of Nematode-Derived Molecular Metabolites
  • Suryesh Namdeo
    Molecular mechanism involved in the regulation of mouth-form dimorphism in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus
  • Martin Wilecki
    The neuroethology of killing - predatory feeding behavior in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus
  • Praveen Baskaran
    Comparative Analysis of Gene Duplications and their Impact on Expression Levels in Nematode Genomes
  • Anja Holz
    Characterization of small RNAs and differential chromatin amplification in the germline of the parasitic nematode family Strongyloididae
  • Jan Michel Falcke (né Meyer)
    Elucidation of small-molecule structure and biosynthesis using genotype-phenotype association in island nematode lineages of Pristionchus pacificus
  • Manuela Kieninger
    Molecular Aspects of the Genetic Switch Regulating Phenotypic Plasticity of Feeding Structures in Pristionchus pacificus and its Relevance for Evolution
  • Vahan Serobyan
    Modes of Inheritance and Adaptive Values of Mouth-Form Dimorphism in the Nematode Pristionchus pacificus
  • Vladislav Susoy
    Developmental Plasticity, Ecology, and Evolutionary Radiation of Nematodes of Diplogastridae
  • Melanie Mayer
    Natural Variation in Dauer Formation in the Nematode Pristionchus pacificus and Molecular Mechanisms of Intraspecific Competition
  • Igor Iatsenko
    Molecular Mechanisms of Caenorhabditis elegans - Bacillus Interactions
  • Andreas Weller
    Genome Evolution in the Nematode Pristionchus pacificus
  • Amit Sinha
    Gene Expression Studies on the Evolution of Development and Innate Immunity in the Nematode Pristionchus pacifcus
  • Simone Kienle
    Microevolution in Pristionchus pacificus: Genetic Diversity and Natural Variation in Vulva Induction
  • Lisa Schuster
    Molecular analysis of horizontally acquired cellulase genes in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus
  • Ruxandra Molnar
    Molecular Evolution and Mutation Accumulation Lines in the Nematode Pristionchus pacificus
  • Isabella D'Anna
    Analysis of the association between Pristionchus and beetles with emphasis on the special case of P. uniformis
  • Xiaoyue Wang
    DNA-mediated transformation in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus reveals novel functions of Wnt signaling during vulva induction
  • Gilberto Bento
    Evolution and Development of Pristionchus pacificus mouth form dimorphism
  • Buqing Yi
    The role of the pax-3 gene in ventral epidermal cell fate specification and myogenesis in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus
  • Benjamin Schlager
    On the evolution of the nematode vulva equivalence group and the genetic control of Pristionchus pacificus vulva formation
  • Huiyu Tian
    Reverse genetic analysis of Wnt signaling in Pristionchus pacificus postembryogenesis
  • Andreas Photos
    Genetic and molecular analysis of sex myoblast specification and migration in Pristionchus pacificus
  • Hans Zauner
    Natural variation and evolvability of redundant cell-cell interactions in Pristionchus vulva development
  • Lars Knoch 
    Genomic analysis and reverse genetics in the satellite model organism Pristionchus pacificus
  • Hua Xiao
    Genetic and molecular characterization of two induction vulvaless mutants in Pristionchus pacificus
  • Charlotte Kenning
    Genetic and molecular analysis of morphological mutants in Pristionchus pacificus for costruction of an integrated genomic map
  • Min Zheng
    Evolution of Wnt signaling during nematode vulva development: a comparative analysis between Pristionchus pacificus and Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Arturo Gutierrez
    Evolution of regulatory genes in nematodes: A comparison between Pristionchus pacificus and Caenorhabditis elegans
  • Kwang-Zin Lee
    Analysis of genome organisation, operon-structure and function in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus
  • Jagan Srinivasan
    An integrative genomic analysis in the nemadode Pristionchus pacificus
  • Benno Jungblut
    Experimental, genetic and molecular analysis of cell-cell interaction during vulva development in Pristionchus pacificus
  • Carola Sigrist
    Experimental, genetic and molecular analysis of vulva development in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus
  • Andreas Eizinger
    Genetic analysis of vulva development and genetic and molecular analysis of the homeotic gene lin-39 in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus

Diploma Students – Thesis Titles

  • Tahmineh Sarpolaki
    3D-reconstraction of cuticullar sensilla and internal receptors of the nematode Pristionchus pacificus
  • Stefanie Nusser
    Comparative analysis of promoter-evolution of nematodes Hox-Genes
  • Isabella D'Anna
    Genetic and molecular analysis of the two hermaphroditic nematodes P. entomophagus and P. maupasi for microevolutionary comparison to P. pacificus
  • Daniel Messerschmidt
    Biochemical analysis of Wnt-Signaling during vulva development in the nematode Pristionchus pacificus
  • Andrea Villwock
    Marker associated domestication of nematode Poikilolaimus oxycerca to lab animal
  • Anja Bubeck
    Characterization of homeotic mutants ped-5 and ped-12 in Pristionchus pacificus

Senior Scientists

  • Dr. Werner Mayer


  • Metta Riebesell
  • Isabel Kipping 
  • Iris Dinkelacker 
  • Mirja Erwig