© Jan Büllesbach

curriculum vitae

  • Professional Carreer

    Since 2018: Scientific assistant at the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity at the University of Münster, Germany

    2016 - 2018: Research scholar at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management
    University of California, Berkeley, USA

    2013 - 2016: Scientific manager of the Excellence Initiative Graduate School “Jena School for Microbial Communication”, Jena, Germany

    2012 - 2013: Scientific consultant and project manager at Aldebaran, Hamburg, Germany and Overtaal, Utrecht, The Netherlands

    2011 - 2012: Postdoctoral research scholar at the Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University, USA

    2007 - 2010: Research associate at the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Animal Ecology, University of Freiburg, Germany and at the School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA

  • Education

    2007 - 2010: PhD in Evolutionary Biology and Chemical Ecology at the University of Freiburg, Germany and at the Arizona State University, Tempe, USA

    2006 - 2007: Postgraduate / Master studies in Bioinformatics at the University of Cologne, Germany

    2003 - 2006: Graduate studies in Biology at the University of Muenster, Germany

    2003: Semester abroad at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

    2000 - 2002: Undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Muenster, Germany

  • Selected Publications

    Buellesbach J., Whyte B., Cash E., Gibson J.D., Scheckel K., Sandidge R., Tsutsui N. (2018) “Desiccation resistance and micro-climate adaptation: Cuticular hydrocarbon signatures of different Argentine ant supercolonies across California”, Journal of Chemical Ecology 44(12):1101-1114

    Buellesbach J., Cash E., Schmitt T. (2018) “Communication, insects”, in “Encyclopedia of Reproduction, Second Edition”, Volume 6, Elsevier Science Publishing Co Inc, San Diego, CA, USA

    Buellesbach J.*, Vetter S.G*., Schmitt T. (2018) “Differences in the reliance on cuticular hydrocarbons as sexual signaling and species discrimination cues in parasitoid wasps”, (*Authors contributed equally), Frontiers in Zoology, 15:22, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12983-018-0263-z

    Buellesbach J., (2018) “Pheromone Communication Systems in the Nasonia Species Complex” in “Advances in Animal Science and Zoology” Volume 11, Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge NY, USA

    Buellesbach J., Watt J.R., Shuker D.M. (2016). “Nasonia Wasp Behavior Genetics” in “Reference Module in Life Sciences”, Elsevier, 978-0-12-809633-8

    Buellesbach J., Schmitt T. (2015) “The Role of Cuticular Hydrocarbon-based Chemical Communication in Prezygotic Reproductive Isolation” in “Animal Communication and Cognition: Principles, Evolution and Development”, Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge NY, USA

    Buellesbach J., Greim C., Schmitt T. (2014) “Asymmetric interspecific mating behavior reflects incomplete prezygotic isolation in the jewel wasp Nasonia”, Ethology 120 (8):834-843

    Buellesbach J., Gadau J., Beukeboom L.W., Echinger F., Raychoudhury R., Werren J.H., Schmitt T. (2013) “Cuticular hydrocarbon divergence in males and females of the jewel wasp genus Nasonia: Evolutionary shifts in chemical communication?”, Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26(11):2467-2478

    Giesbers M., Gerritsma S., Buellesbach J., Diao W., Pannebakker B.A., van de Zande L., Schmitt T., Beukeboom L.W. “Prezygotic Isolation in the Parasitoid Wasp Genus Nasonia” in “Speciation: Natural Processes, Genetics and Biodiversity” (2013), Pawel M, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA / Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge NY, USA

    *Niehuis O., *Buellesbach J., *Gibson J.D., Pothman D., Hanner C., Mutti N., Judson A.K., Liebig J., Gadau J., *Ruther J., Schmitt T. (2013) “Behavioural and genetic analysis on Nasonia shed light on the evolution of sex pheromones”, (*Authors contributed equally), Nature 494(7437):345-348

    *Niehuis O., *Buellesbach J., Judson A.K., Schmitt T., Gadau J. (2011) “Genetics of cuticular hydrocarbon differences between males of the parasitoid wasps Nasonia giraulti and Nasonia vitripennis”, (*Authors contributed equally), Heredity 107(1):61-70

    Raychoudhury R., Desjardins C.A., Buellesbach J., Loehlin D.W., Grillenberger B.K., Beukeboom L., Schmitt T., Werren, J.H. (2010) “Behavioral and genetic characteristics of a new species of Nasonia.“ Heredity 104(3):278-288

    Oberle C., Huai J., Reinheckel T., Tacke M., Rassner M., Ekert P.G., Buellesbach J., Borner C. (2010) “Lysosomal membrane permeabilization and cathepsin release is a Bax/Bak-dependent, amplifying event of apoptosis in fibroblasts and monocytes.“ Cell Death Differ 17(7):1167-1178

    Buellesbach J. (2008) “Hypothetical new class of coding RNAs in insect genomes.” BMMS 1(4):245-248
    Koenig S., Mehlich A.-M., Buellesbach J., Michiels N. (2006) “Allohormones in Lumbricus terrestris? Mass spectrometry of the setal gland product indicates role of ubiquitin.” Invertebr. Reprod. Dev. 49(1-2):103-111

  • Invited Talks

    Conserved signatures in solitary and social Hymenopteran recognition systems: How cuticular hydrocarbon variation can help us understand the evolution of chemical signaling, Stanford, USA, 2018

    Traversing taxonomic boundaries with cuticular hydrocarbons: Finding common elements in diverse insect communication systems, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series, Münster, Germany 2017

    Tales of Love and War: Evolutionary conserved signaling modalities in insect communication, Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Denver, USA 2017

    How to survive Science – Academia and beyond, Entomology career panel, Berkeley, USA 2017

  • Selected Oral Presentations

    Desiccation resistance and climate adaptation: Cuticular hydrocarbon signatures of different invasive Argentine ant super colonies in California, Bay Area Ant Group Meeting, Berkeley, USA 2018

    From sex pheromones to Nestmate recognition – Deciphering cuticular Hydrocarbon Signaling, Annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Society of Systematic Biologists and the American Society of Naturalists, Portland, USA 2017

    Sex pheromone variation and speciation – From phenotypic to genetic architecture, Essig Museum of Entomology seminar series, Berkeley, USA 2016

    Female preference and the genetic basis of species-specific male sex pheromone blends in Nasonia, Nasonia genome meeting, Cologne, Germany 2012

    Evolution of intraspecific variation in moth sex pheromone communication, W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology Seminar, Raleigh, USA 2012

    Chemical communication as prezygotic isolation mechanism in Nasonia – from phenotypic to genetic architecture, Nasonia genome meeting, Nashville, USA 2011

    Chemical communication and premating isolation via cuticular hydrocarbons in Nasonia, 103rd Annual meeting of the German Zoological Society, Hamburg, Germany 2010

    Chemical communication involved in prezygotic isolation – from phenotypic to genetic architecture, 2 nd Annual Retreat of the Excellence Graduate School SGBM, Schluchsee, Germany 2010

    Species-specific cuticular hydrocarbon variation and its genetic basis in Nasonia, Nasonia genome meeting, Rochester, USA 2009 and workshop “The Role of Behaviour in Speciation”, St. Andrews, Scotland 2009

    Prezygotic hybridization barriers in Nasonia: Cuticular hydrocarbons, Annual meeting Chemical ecologists Baden-Wuerttemberg, Freiburg, Germany 2009

    Species-specific cuticular hydrocarbon variation and its genetic basis in Nasonia, 2nd Annual SGBM PhD Retreat, Breisach, Germany 2010

    Hints on species-specific gene loci in Nasonia, 101st Annual meeting of the German Zoological Society, Jena, Germany 2008 and Nasonia genome meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland 2008

    Prezygotic hybridization barriers in Nasonia, Annual meeting Chemical ecologists Baden-Wuerttemberg, Ulm, Germany 2007

  • Teaching Experience

    since 2019: Supervision of Bachelor student Nina Franke, thesis title: “Functional genetics of cuticular hydrocarbon biosynthesis and sexual communication in the jewel wasp Nasonia

    since 2019: Supervision of Bachelor student Henrietta Holze, thesis title: “Finding Candidate Genes for CHC Biosynthesis in Nasonia

    since 2018: Supervision of PhD student Dhevi Kalyanaraman, thesis title: “From Genotype to Phenotype – Linking the evolution of the mitochondrial OXPHOS system, mitochondrial capacity, metabolic rates and hybrid incompatibility in the parasitoid wasp Nasonia”, University of Münster, Germany

    2019: Lecturer/Tutor for practical course: “Animal evolution and biodiversity”, University of Münster, Germany

    2018 - 2019: Supervision of Bachelor student Laura Ermlich, project title: “A comparison of the chemical composition of ovi- and viviparous Zootoca vivipara males’ ventral femoral gland secretions”

    2018 - 2019: Supervision of Bachelor student Kathrin Barth, project title: “Mating behaviour and mate choice of the parasitic wasp Nasonia: How much are these processes influenced by cuticular hydrocarbons?”

    2018 - 2019: Supervision of Bachelor student Marek Juergen Golian, project title: “Differences in the chemical profile of two populations of Oryzaephilus surinamensis originated in the evolution canyon in Israel”

    2018 - 2019: Supervision of Bachelor student Katharina Meyer zu Riemsloh, project title: “Host preferences of the parasitoid jewel wasp Nasonia vitripennis”, University of Münster, Germany

    2018: Lecturer/Instructor for advanced Master course: “Basics in Evolutionary Biology”, University of Münster, Germany

    2018: Lecturer for Bachelor course: “Evolutionary Ecology of Animals”, University of Münster, Germany

    2018: Lecturer/Tutor at advanced module “Sex, sexual selection and reproduction”, University of Muenster, Germany

    2018: Guest lecturer at undergraduate class animal communication seminar series, University of California, Berkeley, USA

    2018: Supervision of Undergraduate student Junrun Chen, University of California Berkeley, USA, Project title: “Cuticular Hydrocarbons of Argentine Ants: Tradeoffs Between Desiccation and Communication”

    2018: Guest lecturer at Molecular Environmental Biology advanced graduate seminar series, University of California, Berkeley, USA

    2017 - 2018: Supervision of Undergraduate student Katelyn Sanko, University of California Berkeley, USA, Project title: “Winter Is Coming: Uncovering the role of overwintering in queen executions and production in Argentine ants”

    2017: Guest lecturer for BASIS CRS seminar, University of California Berkeley, USA

    2017: Supervision of Undergraduate student Naomichi Yamamoto, University of California Berkeley, USA, Project title: “Nestmate recognition and desiccation resistance in super colonies of the invasive Argentine ant”

    2016: Guest lecturer at Insect Behavior Advanced Undergraduate class of Environmental Science & Policy Management Department, University of California Berkeley, USA

    2016: Supervision of Undergraduate students Jon Lau, University of California Berkeley, USA. Project title: “Colony Identity and Cuticular Hydrocarbon Profiles of the tawny crazy ant N. fulva and the invasive Argentine ant L. humile

    2014 - 2015: Conceptualization, organization and hosting of seminar series “Alternative Careers in Science”, University of Jena, Germany 

    2012: Completion of advanced seminar series “University Level Teaching Techniques”, North Carolina State University, USA

    2011 - 2012: Supervision of PhD student Angela Bucci, North Carolina State University, USA. Thesis title: “Evolution of inter- and intraspecific variation in moth sex pheromonal communication”

    2010 - 2011: Supervision of Bachelor student Christian Mueller, University of Freiburg, Germany, Thesis title: “Female Preference Tests for Sex Pheromone Extracts of RNAi-treated Males of Nasonia vitripennis

    2010 - 2011: Supervision of Diploma student Sebastian Vetter, University of Freiburg, Germany, Thesis title: “Cuticular Hydrocarbons as sexual signal in parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae)”

    2010: Technical assistant: Practical course “Exercises in zoological identification”, University of Freiburg

    2009 - 2010: Supervision of Diploma student Felix Echinger, University of Freiburg, Germany, Thesis title: “Effects of the manipulation of cuticular hydrocarbon profiles on male mate discrimination behavior in Nasonia

    2009: Supervision / Teaching assistant: Advanced practical course: “Evolutionary biology and chemical communication” for bachelor students, University of Freiburg, Germany

    2009: Teaching assistant: Practical course “Zoological excursions”, University of Freiburg, Germany

    2009: Supervision: Advanced seminar “Evolutionary biology and chemical communication”, University of Freiburg, Germany

    2008 - 2009: Supervision of Diploma student Karin Brandt, University of Freiburg, Germany, Thesis title: “Differences in female preference for different species-specific male sex pheromone blends in the genus Nasonia (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae)”

    2008: Teaching assistant: Practical course “Exercises in zoological identification”, University of Freiburg

    2007 - 2008: Supervision of Diploma student Christopher Greim, University of Freiburg, Germany, Thesis title: “Prezygotic Hybridization Barries in Nasonia

  • Awards/Scholarships

    2007 - 2010: PhD Scholarship from the Spemann Graduate School for Biology and Medicine (SGBM), provided by the Excellence Initiative of the German Research Foundation (DFG)

    2006 - 2007: Student scholarship from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for Postgraduate studies in bioinformatics at the University of Cologne

    2003: Semester scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a semester abroad at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA

  • Areas of Expertise

    Analytical chemistry, insect pheromones, cuticular hydrocarbons, quantitative + reverse genetics, computational biology, entomology, behavioral biology, speciation, phylogeny, chemical taxonomy

  • References


    Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmitt, Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, Biocenter, University of Würzburg, Am Hubland, D-97074 Würzburg, Germany phone: +49-931-31-84188, fax: +49 931 31-84352, email: thomas.schmitt@uni-wuerzburg.de

    Prof. Dr. Neil D. Tsutsui, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management, University of California, Berkeley, 130 Mulford Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-3114, USA, phone: +1-510-684-5572, email: ntsutsui@berkeley.edu