MGSE Alumni

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Dr. Rasha Aboelsoud

2014 - 2018

Research project:
RNA interference (RNAi) as a tool for testing the role of heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) as an evolutionary capacitor in the model insect Tribolium castaneum (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, PD Dr. Jürgen Schmitz, Prof. Dr. Eva Liebau

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Dr. Sergio Ávila Calero

2015 - 2020

Research project:
Immunogenic mating: the link between mating and immunity in Drosophila melanogaster

Supervisors:
Dr. Claudia Fricke, Dr. Sophie Armitage, Prof. Dr. Stefan Schlatt

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Dr. Marco Chittò

2016 - 2020

Research project:
Study of the regulation and function of pathogenicity island-encoded integrases in

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dobrindt, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, PD Dr. Jürgen Schmitz

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Dr. Liliya Doronina

2013 - 2017

Research project:
The power of ancient retroposed sequences to resolve problematic mammalian evolutionary questions

Supervisors:
PD Dr. Jürgen Schmitz, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, Dr. Francesco Catania

Current position:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Experimental Pathology, University of Münster

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Dr. Diana Ferro

2013 - 2016

Research project:
Evolution of antioxidant system genes in eukaryotes

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, PD Dr. Jürgen Schmitz, Prof. Dr. Gianfranco Santovito

Current position:
Research Consultant, Kansas City, United States

Dr. Kevin Ferro

2013 - 2019

Research project:
Immune priming in Tribolium castaneum: Evolutionary significance and underlying mechanisms

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schulenburg, Prof. Dr. Alexander Mellmann

Current position:
Scientist, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, United States

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Dr. Frederik Franke

2014 - 2017

Research project:
Parasite-host interaction in a cestode-fish system: Schistocephalus solidus and its obligatory second intermediate host, the three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus)

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, Prof. Dr. Monika Stoll, Dr. Jörn Scharsack

Current position:
Bayerische Landesanstalt für Wald und Forstwirtschaft (LWF), Freising, Germany

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Dr. Yeisson Gutiérrez López

2015 - 2019

Research project:
Insect responses to environmental stressors – canalization, plasticity and evolution

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Christoph Scherber, Dr. Claudia Fricke, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz

Current position:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Centro de Bioinformática y Biología Computacional de Colombia

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Dr. Nadja Haarmann

2016 - 2019

Research project:
The impact of the pAA plasmid on virulence in the EHEC O104:H4 outbreak strain

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Alexander Mellmann, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, Prof. Dr. M. Alexander Schmidt

Current position:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Food Microbiology and Hygiene, University of Hohenheim, Germany

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Dr. Stefanie Henze

2011 - 2016

Research project:
The impact of nitrogen deprivation on genome evolution in Escherichia coli

Supervisors:
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Claudia Acquisti, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dobrindt, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz

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Dr. Niklas Kästner

2014 - 2018

Research project:
Of anxious males and angry females: How genes related to serotonergic neurotransmission, social experience, and the female reproductive cycle affect anxiety-like and social behaviour in mice

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser, Prof. Dr. Sylvia Kaiser, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz

Current position:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Münster

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Dr. Patricia Kearney

2011 - 2016

Research project:
Sporophyte development in Rhynia gwynne-vaughanii, an Early Devonian vascular land plant from the Rhynie chert, Aberdeenshire, UK

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Hans Kerp, Prof. Dr. Ralph Thomas Becker, Prof. Dr. Kai Müller

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Dr. Matthias Kiel

2014 - 2018

Research project:
Genome comparison of pathogenic Escherichia coli

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dobrindt, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, Prof. Dr. Dag Harmsen

Current position:
Product and Customer Manager at Qubeto GmbH, Münster

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Dr. April Kleppe

2016 - 2020

Research project:
Cryptic mutations in protein evolution

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Erich Bornberg-Bauer, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Leidel, Prof. Dr. Joachim Jose

Current position:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Clinical Medicine - Department of Molecular Medicine, Aarhus University, Denmark

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Dr. Megan Kutzer

2013 - 2017

Research project:
Host immune strategies: remembering, resisting and tolerating

Supervisors:
Dr. Sophie Armitage, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Dobrindt

Current position:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Vale lab, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK

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Dr. Aarón Lecanda Sánchez

2014 - 2018

Research project:
Bioinformatic tools and strategies for the study of translation regulation during neuronal cell differentiation using ribosome profiling

Supervisors:
Dr. Sebastian Leidel, Dr. Juanma Vaquerizas, Prof. Dr. Claudia Acquisti

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Dr. Gildas Lepennetier

2012 - 2017

Research project:
Evolution of gene architecture in Eukaryotes

Supervisors:
Dr. Francesco Catania, PD Dr. Jürgen Schmitz, Prof. Dr. Juliette de Meaux

Current position:
Postdoctoral researcher, Korn Lab, Department of Neurology, Technical University of Munich

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Dr. Neele Meyer

2012 - 2017

Research project:
The effects of serotonin transporter genotype and social experience during adolescence on anxiety-like behavior and aggressiveness in male mice

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser, Prof. Dr.  Monika Stoll, Prof. Dr. Sylvia Kaiser

Current position:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Osnabrück

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Dr. Alexandra Mutwill

2015 - 2020

Research project:
In the face of change - How behavioural and endocrine phenotypes are shaped and reshaped by social experiences beyond adolescence

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser, Prof. Dr. Oliver Krüger, Prof. Dr. Sylvia Kaiser

Current position:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Behavioural Biology, WWU Münster

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Dr. Angela Noll

2012 - 2015

Research project:
Computational tools and their application in Retrogenomics

Supervisors:
PD Dr. Jürgen Schmitz, Prof. Dr. Stephan Ludwig, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz

Current position:
Postdoctoral researcher, Primate Genetics Laboratory, German Primate Center, Göttingen

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Dr. Lena Peitzmann

2014 - 2017

Research project:
Genotypic characterization and genomic evolution of community-acquired Staphylococcus aureus from sub-Saharan Africa

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Alexander Mellmann, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Claudia Acquisti

Current position:
Biologisch-Medizinisches Forschungszentrum (BMFZ), University of Düsseldorf

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Dr. François Pellet

2015 - 2021

Research Project:
The extinction of life: an inquiry into the metaphysics of disease

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Krohs, Prof. Dr. Niko Strobach

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Dr. Mona Riemenschneider

2011 - 2014

Research project:
On the evolution of modularity in gene regulatory networks affecting complex diseases

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Monika Stoll, Prof. Dr. Erich Bornberg-Bauer, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz

Current position:
Professor at the Faculty of Interdisciplinary Studies, Hochschule Landshut

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Dr. Hanna Ruhmann

2013 - 2017

Research project:
Age-dependent changes in male reproductive traits determining pre-and post-copulatory success in Drosophila melanogaster

Supervisors:
Dr. Claudia Fricke, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser

Current position:
Wissenschaftliche Volontärin, LWL-Museum für Naturkunde, Münster

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Dr. Susanne Sangenstedt

2014 - 2018

Research project:
The adaptive significance of shaping behavioral and endocrine phenotypes to the early social environment

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Sylvia Kaiser, Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser, Prof. Dr. Caroline Müller

Current position:
International Affairs and Integrative Activities Office, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

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Dr. Nora Schulz

2014 - 2018

Research project:
The role of nucleic acid methylating enzymes in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser, PD Dr. Jürgen Schmitz

Current position:
Postdoctoral researcher, Tate lab, Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA

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Dr. Kristina Wensing

2014 - 2018

Research project:
Sex-specific contributions of sexual selection and sexual conflict to male-female coevolution in Drosophila melanogaster

Supervisors:
Dr. Claudia Fricke, Prof. Dr. Joachim Kurtz, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Gadau

Current position:
Coordinator of the MGSE and RTG 2220 EvoPAD

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Dr. Tobias Zimmermann

2012 - 2017

Research project:
Shaping of behavioural phenotypes by social experiences during adolescence: Neuroendocrine mechanisms and adaptive significance

Supervisors:
Prof. Dr. Norbert Sachser, Prof. Dr. Sylvia Kaiser, Prof. Dr. Fritz Trillmich

Current position:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Behavioural Biology, University of Münster