• Research Areas

    • adaptation genomics, population genomics, myrmecology
  • Projects

    • SPP 1819 - Rapid evolutionary adaptation - Potential and constraints - TP: Genetische und epigenetische Mechanismen von schneller Wirtsanpassung in dem Blattlausparasitoiden ervi ( - )
      Third-party funding : DFG - Priority Programme | Project Number: SCHR 1554/3-1; GA 661/4-1
    • SPP 1819 - Rapid evolutionary adaptation - Potential and constraints - TP: Schnelle adaptive Veränderung durch hohe Rekombinationsraten in eusozialen Insekten ( - )
      Third-party funding : DFG - Priority Programme | Project Number: SCHR 1554/2-1
    • GAGA - The Global Ant Genomics Alliance (since )
      Own funding
  • Publications

    • Errbii M, Ernst U, Lajmi A, Gadau J, Schrader L. . ‘Genomic architecture and evolutionary dynamics of a social niche polymorphism in the California harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex californicus.’ BioRXiv 2021. doi: 10.1101/2021.03.21.436260.

    • Bohn J, Halabian R, Schrader L, Shabardina V, Steffen R, Suzuki Y, Ernst U, Gadau J, Makałowski W. . ‘Genome Assembly and Annotation of the California Harvester Ant Pogonomyrmex californicus (Buckley, 1867).’ G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics 11. doi: 10.1093/g3journal/jkaa019.
    • Bohn J, Halabian R, Schrader L, Shabardina V, Steffen R, Suzuki Y, Ernst U, Gadau J, Makałowski W. . ‘High-Quality Genome Assembly and Annotation of the California Harvester Ant Pogonomyrmex californicus (Buckley, 1867).’ BioRxiv 2020. doi: 10.1101/2020.09.01.277236.

    • Bernadou A, Schrader L, Pable J, Hoffacker E, Meusemann K, Heinze J. . ‘Stress and early experience underlie dominance status and division of labour in a clonal insect.’ Proc Biol Sci 285, No. 1885. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.1468.
    • Schrader L, Schmitz J. . ‘The impact of transposable elements in adaptive evolution.’ Molecular Ecology 23: 2042-31. doi: 10.1111/mec.14794.

    • Boomsma JJ, Brady SG, Dunn RR, Gadau J, Heinze J, Keller L, Moreau CS, Sanders NJ, Schrader L, Schultz TR, Sundstrom L, Ward PS, Wcislo WT, Zhang G, Consortium G. . ‘The Global Ant Genomics Alliance (GAGA).’ MYRMECOLOGICAL NEWS 25: 61-66.
    • Schrader L, Helanterä H, Oettler J. . ‘Accelerated Evolution of Developmentally Biased Genes in the Tetraphenic Ant Cardiocondyla obscurior.Molecular Biology and Evolution 34, No. 3: 535-544. doi: doi:10.1093/molbev/msw240.

    • Klein A., Schrader L., Gil R., Manzano-Marín A., Flórez L., Wheeler D., Werren J., Latorre A., Heinze J., Kaltenpoth M., Moya A., Oettler J. . ‘A novel intracellular mutualistic bacterium in the invasive ant Cardiocondyla obscurior.’ ISME Journal 10, No. 2: 376-388. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2015.119.
    • Klein A., Schultner E., Lowak H., Schrader L., Heinze J., Holman L., Oettler J. . ‘Evolution of Social Insect Polyphenism Facilitated by the Sex Differentiation Cascade.’ PLoS Genetics 12, No. 3. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005952.

    • Oettler J., Nachtigal A., Schrader L. . ‘Expression of the foraging gene is associated with age polyethism, not task preference, in the ant Cardiocondyla obscurior.’ PLoS ONE 10, No. 12. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144699.
    • Schrader L., Simola D., Heinze J., Oettler J. . ‘Sphingolipids, transcription factors, and conserved toolkit genes: Developmental plasticity in the ant cardiocondyla obscurior.’ Molecular Biology and Evolution 32, No. 6: 1474-1486. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv039.
    • Schrempf A., Von Wyschetzki K., Klein A., Schrader L., Oettler J., Heinze J. . ‘Mating with an allopatric male triggers immune response and decreases longevity of ant queens.’ Molecular Ecology 24, No. 14: 3618-3627. doi: 10.1111/mec.13267.

    • Schrader L., Kim J., Ence D., Zimin A., Klein A., Wyschetzki K., Weichselgartner T., Kemena C., Stökl J., Schultner E., Wurm Y., Smith C., Yandell M., Heinze J., Gadau J., Oettler J. . ‘Transposable element islands facilitate adaptation to novel environments in an invasive species.’ Nature Communications 5, No. null. doi: 10.1038/ncomms6495.

    • Träger C., Rosenblad M., Ziehe D., Garcia-Petit C., Schrader L., Kock K., Richter C., Klinkert B., Narberhaus F., Herrmann C., Hofmann E., Aronsson H., Schünemann D. . ‘Evolution from the prokaryotic to the higher plant chloroplast signal recognition particle: The signal recognition particle RNA is conserved in plastids of a wide range of photosynthetic organisms.’ Plant Cell 24, No. 12: 4819-4836. doi: 10.1105/tpc.112.102996.

Group members

© Lukas Schrader
  • PhD students

    Mohammed "Simo" Errbii

    Simo
    © Nicolas Schröder

    Simo works on population genomics and genome evolution in ants.

  • Master students

    Esther Van Den Bos

    Esther Van Den Bos
    © Nicolas Schröder

    Esther works on rapid evolution and TE-induced genetic variation in invasive ants.

    Nicolas Schröder

    Nicolas Schr _der
    © Janina Rinke

    Nic works on ant virome evolution and evolutionary genomics of insect endosymbionts.

    Janina Rinke

    Janina Rinke
    © Nicolas Schröder

    Janina works on the impact of horizontal gene transfers in ants.

    Maja Drakula

    Maja Drakula
    © Nicolas Schröder

    Maja works on colony recognition and self-/non-self discrimination in invasive ants.

  • Bachelor students

    Svenja Kieckhäfer

    Svenja Kieckhäfer
    © Nicolas Schröder

    Svenja works on the role of cuticular hydrocarbons in desiccation resistance in ants.

    Eyleen Wiese

    Eyleen-wiese
    © Eyleen Wiese

    Eyleen works on the genetic basis of CHC biosynthesis in ants

    Lena Wiegert

    Lena Wiegert
    © Lena Wiegert

    Lena works on canalization and phenotypic diversification in Cardiocondyla obscurior.