Institute of Evolution, Behaviour & Genetics
I am interested in the molecular and genetic mechanisms involved in caste determination in Cardiocondyla obscurior. Though caste differentiation in social hymenoptera offers a prime example for phenotypic plasticity, insight in involved developmental patterns is scarce. With the production of winged and wingless individuals in either sex, C. obscurior provides an ideal model system to study general and basic mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity. Within my PhD thesis I aim to elucidate how caste determination in C. obscurior is governed on a genetic and molecular level and how exogenous signals are epigenetically imprinted in early larvae, determining the larvae's fate in caste development.
|2005-2010||Student of biology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum|
||Field work on ant-plant mutualisms at 'Sibaliw' research station of PanayCon (formerly PESCP) on Panay (Philippines)|
||Diploma thesis in the Schünemann lab (Analysis on the Phylogenesis of the cpSRP system in Plants)|
|2011||PhD student at the Heinze lab|