MGSE research matrix
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MGSE research areas

The MGSE is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of evolution on multiple scales and levels. It is based on the broad definition of evolution as a gradual development that may lead to a more advanced or complex form. Evolution turned the earth from an inanimate planet into the world we know today, evolution produced today’s biodiversity from an unstructured mixture of abiotic chemicals, and evolution of the human body and culture has driven the emergence of modern human societies. Importantly, this concept is neither restricted to biological evolution, nor to the Darwinian process of evolution through heritable variation and selection.
The scientific agenda of MGSE can be partitioned into six main topics. These main topics contain the evolutionary research foci of the PIs of MGSE, and are visualized above.

MGSE Principal Investigators

Name, Title Research Group MGSE Research Area
Alsmeyer, Prof. Gerold Mathematical Statistics The ecology of rapid adaptations
Bomfleur, Dr. Benjamin Paleobotany Earth system evolution
Bornberg-Bauer, Prof. Erich Evolutionary Bioinformatics Molecular and genome evolution
Brosius, Prof. Jürgen Experimental Pathology Molecular and genome evolution
Catania, Dr. Francesco Evolutionary Cell Biology Molecular and genome evolution
Dobrindt, Prof. Ulrich Microbial Genome Plasticity Towards evolutionary medicine
Fricke, Dr. Claudia Evolution and Sexual Conflict The evolutionary ecology of rapid adaptations
Gadau, Prof. Jürgen Molecular Evolutionary Biology The evolutionary ecology of rapid adaptations
Kaiser, Prof. Sylvia Behavioural Biology Towards evolutionary medicine
Kerp, Prof. Johannes Paleobotany Earth system evolution
Krohs, Prof. Ulrich Philosophy of Science and of Nature Philosophy of evolutionary sciences
Kurtz, Prof. Joachim Animal Evolutionary Ecology The evolutionary ecology of rapid adaptations
Leidel, Dr. Sebastian RNA Biology Molecular and genome evolution
Löwe, Prof. Matthias Mathematical Statistics The evolutionary ecology of rapid adaptations
Ludwig, Prof. Stephan Molecular Virology Towards evolutionary medicine
Makalowski, Prof. Wojciech Bioinformatics Molecular and genome evolution
Mellmann, Prof. Alexander Hospital and Environmental Hygiene Towards evolutionary medicine
Müller, Prof. Kai Evolution and Biodiversity of Plants Deciphering the history of life
Quante, Prof. Michael Philosophy of Ethics and Practical Philosophy Philosophy of evolutionary sciences
Richter, Prof. Helene Behavioural Biology Towards evolutionary medicine
Sachser, Prof. Norbert Behavioural Biology Towards evolutionary medicine
Seebohm, Dr. Guiscard Myocellular Electrophysiology Towards evolutionary medicine
Scherber, Prof. Christoph Landscape Ecology Earth system evolution
Schmitz, PD Jürgen Experimental Pathology Deciphering the history of life
Stoll, Prof. Monika Genetic Epidemiology Towards evolutionary medicine
Strauss, Prof. Harald Historical and Regional Geology Earth system evolution
Strobach, Prof. Niko Philosophy of Logic and Language Philosophy of evolutionary sciences
Telschow, Jun. Prof. Arndt Genome Evolution The evolutionary ecology of rapid adaptations
Vaquerizas, Dr. Juanma Regulatory Genomics Molecular and genome evolution