• Curriculum vitae

    Education

    • Since 2017:
      PhD studies in the Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics Group, Institute for Evolution and Bidoiversity, University of Münster, Germany
    • 2015 - 2017:
      PhD studies in International PhD Programme, Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Mainz, Germany
    • 2012 - 2015:
      MSc in Organismic, Evolutionary & Palaeo Biology, University of Bonn, Germany
      Thesis: Distribution and evolution of RNAi related genes in insects
    • 2011 - 2012:
      Higher Diploma in Business in Management, Institute of Technology, Carlow, Ireland
      Thesis: ‘Demographics of visitors to the National Museum of Ireland, Natural History’
    • 2007 - 2011:
      BA(mod) Natural Sciences (Zoology), Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
      Thesis: ‘Cross species comparison of embryonic limb morphogenesis: exploration of computational tools for 3D analysis’

    Work experience

    • 2015:
      Research Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft), Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, Bonn, Germany
    • 2011 - 2012:
      Internship at National Museum of Ireland, Natural History
  • Research interests

  • Publications

    • Oeyen JP, Baa-Puyoulet P, Benoit JB, Beukeboom LW, Bornberg-Bauer E, Buttstedt A, Calevro F, Cash EI, Chao H, Charles H, Chen MM, Childers C, Cridge AG, Dearden P, Dinh H, Doddapaneni HV, Dolan A, Donath A, Dowling D, Dugan S, Duncan E, Elpidina EN, Friedrich M, Geuverink E, Gibson JD, Grath S, Grimmelikhuijzen CJP, Große-Wilde E, Gudobba C, Han Y, Hansson BS, Hauser F, Hughes DST, Ioannidis P, Jacquin-Joly E, Jennings EC, Jones JW, Klasberg S, Lee SL, Lesný P, Lovegrove M, Martin S, Martynov AG, Mayer C, Montagné N, Moris VC, Munoz-Torres M, Murali SC, Muzny DM, Oppert B, Parisot N, Pauli T, Peters RS, Petersen M, Pick C, Persyn E, Podsiadlowski L, Poelchau MF, Provataris P, Qu J, Reijnders MJMF, Marcus von Reumont B, Rosendale AJ, Simao FA, Skelly J, Sotiropoulos AG, Stahl AL, Sumitani M, Szuter EM, Tidswell O, Tsitlakidis E, Vedder L, Waterhouse RM, Werren JH, Wilbrandt J, Worley KC, Yamamoto DS, van de Zande L, Zdobnov EM, Ziesmann T, Gibbs RA, Richards S, Hatakeyama M, Misof B, Niehuis O (2020) Sawfly genomes reveal evolutionary acquisitions that fostered the mega-radiation of parasitoid and eusocial Hymenoptera. Genome Biol Evol evaa106 [online ahead of print]. 10.1093/gbe/evaa106 [doi]
    • Petersen M, Meusemann K, Donath A, Dowling D, Liu S, Peters RS, Podsiadlowski L, Vasilikopoulos A, Zhou X, Misof B & Niehuis O (2017) Orthograph: A versatile tool for mapping coding nucleotide sequences to clusters of orthologous genes. BMC Bioinformatics 18: 111-017-1529-8. 10.1186/s12859-017-1529-8 [doi]
    • Dowling D, Pauli T, Donath A, Meusemann K, Podsiadlowski L, Petersen M, Peters RS, Mayer C, Liu S, Zhou X, Misof B & Niehuis O (2016) Phylogenetic origin and diversification of RNAi pathway genes in insects. Genome Biology and Evolution 8: 3784-3793. 10.1093/gbe/evw281 [doi]
    • Pauli T, Vedder L, Dowling D, Petersen M, Meusemann K, Donath A, Peters RS, Podsiadlowski L, Mayer C, Liu S, Zhou X, Heger P, Wiehe T, Hering L, Mayer G, Misof B & Niehuis O (2016) Transcriptomic data from panarthropods shed new light on the evolution of insulator binding proteins in insects: Insect insulator proteins. BMC Genomics 17: 861. 10.1186/s12864-016-3205-1 [doi]
    • Wurdack M, Herbertz S, Dowling D, Kroiss J, Strohm E, Baur H, Niehuis O & Schmitt T (2015) Striking cuticular hydrocarbon dimorphism in the mason wasp odynerus spinipes and its possible evolutionary cause (hymenoptera: Chrysididae, vespidae). Proceedings.Biological Sciences 282: 20151777. 10.1098/rspb.2015.1777 [doi]