We are happy to announce that Nora Stolte has joined the MGSE as a PhD student. Nora works in the Animal Evolutionary Ecology group at the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz. In her doctoral project entitled "The role of nucleic acid methylating enzymes in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum" she applies RNAi and CRISPR technology to investigate the role of DNA methyltransferases and their possible involvement in epigenetic phenomena in the red flour beete T. castaneum.
A warm welcome to our new member!
Dr. Katja Farhat visited the student meeting to talk about her job in a teaching-focused position at the Department of Biology. Dr. Farhat described her way from being a scientist to a teaching-only academic appointment in which she is responsible for the teaching of interdisciplinary competences and personal skills as well as for the coordination of these studies. The students gained some interesting insights and valuable tips for pursuing a carrer in this field.
We are happy to announce that Aaron Lecanda has joined the MGSE as a graduate student. Aaron does his PhD in the research groups for RNA Biology (Dr. Sebastian Leidel) and Regulatory Genomics (Dr. Juanma Vaquerizas) at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine. In his doctoral project entitled "Translational control and regulation in vertebrates" he addresses the regulation of protein synthesis from a genomics point of view, using computational approaches to analyse data from different organisms with a strong evolutionary focus. A warm welcome to our new member!
The MGSE students met at the Café Garbo for some food and drinks.
Prof. Joachim Kurtz (Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity) held a lecture entitled "Woher stammen wir? Wie sich das Leben auf der Erde entwickelt hat" at the University for young people from the age of 8-12 on Friday, 17 April 2015. The talk was part of the "Kinder-Uni" (children's university), which is organized by the University of Münster in cooperation with the "Westfälische Nachrichten". The event series is open for third through sixth grade students and aims to stimulate young people’s interest in science. More information
Prof. Ulrich Dobrindt (Institute of Hygiene) presented a talk entitled "Studies on microevolution & adaptation of extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli" within the MGSE lecture series "Evolutionary across fields" in the Kavaliershäuschen. During this lecture series PIs of the MGSE present their research.
The MGSE students met in the Kavaliershäuschen to start the barbecue season.
ETT-Fellow Prof. Michio Kondoh visited the MGSE student meeting to discuss with the students about ecological networks. Amongst other things he introcuded the concept of environmental DNA analaysis as potent tool for studying ecological and evolutionary processes.
Strike! Spare! Split! The MGSE students went bowling at the Cosmo Bowlingcentre in Münster.
Dr. Ludovic Mallet (Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics) visited the MGSE student meeting and gave a presentation on biological and computational methods to predict genes and especially de novo genes.
Dr. Claudia Fricke (Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity) presented a talk entitled "Sexual selection - can it benefit the adaptation process?" within the MGSE Lecture Series "The Growth of the Evolutionary Thought.
The MGSE students met in the "Blaues Haus" for some food and drinks.
Prof. Lindsay Matthews (University of Auckland, New Zealand) presented a talk entitled "Developmental behavioural plasticity and adaptedness - can the animal tell us more?" within the MGSE Lecture Series "The Growth of the Evolutionary Thought" in the Kavaliershäuschen.
Prof. Michael Quante (Department of Philosophy) presented a talk entitled "On the very idea of evolutionary ethics" within the MGSE Lecture Series "The Growth of the Evolutionary Thought" in the lecture hall of the IEB.
The MGSE students visited Dr. Jan Ole Kriegs at the LWL-Museum of Natural History in Münster to talk about the work of a biologist at a museum and to take a fascinating look behind the scences.
A research team led by MGSE PI Jürgen Schmitz and MGSE PhD student Angela Noll developed a web application to facilitate the parallel analysis of thousands of genomic loci for cross-species presence/absence patterns based on multiway genome alignments. The tool can be found here.
Press release of the WWU (in German)
Prof. Michio Kondoh (Faculty of Science and Technology, Ryukoku University, Japan) will stay in Münster from January to March 2015 as an ETT-Fellow of the MGSE. The interdisciplinary ETT (Evolution Think Tank) is financially supported by "Santander Universities". Within the framework of the ETT, internationally outstanding scientists are invited to Münster for stays of 1 - 6 months in order to interact with doctoral students and PIs of the MGSE.
Prof. Kondoh will give a talk on "Ecological Complexity and Biodiversity Maintenance: A Community Network Approach" on Tuesday, 13 January 2015, at 16:00 s.t. in the IEB Seminar Series "Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution". All members of the MGSE are welcome to join!