A list of all students who started within the IMPRS in 2013 (start of PhD project in 2014).
I was born in Istanbul, and studied Biology at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. Then, I moved to Germany where I received my Masters Degree in Evolution, Ecology and Systematic at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich. Currently, I am doing my PhD in the Community Dynamics Group under the supervision of Dr. Lutz Becks. I am interested in how coevolutionary interactions between a predator and a prey can change in fluctuating environmental conditions. By using experimental evolution as main approach, my aim is to obtain empirical evidences for evolutionary predictions. My research includes following population densities, diversity and adaptation in a predator-prey system to provide an overall understanding of eco-evolutionary dynamics in changing environments.
Joana Pimenta Bernardes
I was born in Lisboa, Portugal, where I did my Bachelor and Master in Evolutionary Biology and Development in 2011. During my studies, I was able to do my thesis in IBL, in Leiden, Netherlands. I am currently an IMPRS student and I am doing my PhD in ‘Yeast Heterosis’ under the supervision of Dr. Duncan Greig, from the Experimental Evolution Group, in the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology.
In my free time I like to listen to music and go to live shows. I participate in several fanzines, where I write a bit about everything, but especially food.
Mohsen M. Hegab
I was born in Cairo (Egypt) and studied Biology/Biochemistry at Ain Shams University in Egypt, where I received my M.Sc. degree in 2009. In 2010, I assigned to the National Research Centre (NRC) of Egypt as an Assistant Researcher. I am currently doing my PhD within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology in the Department of Molecular Physiology at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, supervised by Prof. Dr. Thomas Roeder. I am working on the Drosophila model for human inflammatory bowel disease. In my free time, I like doing voluntary work, and practicing sports.
I was born in Germany and studied Biology at the University of Hamburg and the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, both Germany. I conducted my master thesis at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Geomar) and received my Masters Degree in 2013.
Currently, I am a PhD student within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology working on the interaction between the tapeworm Schistocephalus solidus and the three-spined stickleback. I am part of the Parasitology Group of Dr. Martin Kalbe at the Max Planck Institute in Plön.
I was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. I completed my BSc at the Univeristy of Prince Edward Island, Canada in 2008 and MSc in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Berne, Switzerland in 2013. I am currently a PhD student in the Evolution of Behaviour group supervised by Dr. Miriam Linnenbrink, which is part of the department of Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Ploen.The focus of my project is on individual behaviour and the influence different strategies have on life history, territoriality and mate choice between two recently diverged populations of Mus musculus domesticus. I like to spend my free time with my pets, traveling and sketching.
I was born in Bogotá, Colombia and studied biology at the Universidad de los Andes. I obtained a master degree in Conservation Biology (MINC) in 2010 from Göttingen University, Germany and Lincoln University, NZ, and in 2012 an Erasmus Mundus Master in Evolutionary Biology (MEME) from University of Groningen, NL and LMU Munich, Germany. Currently I my doing my PhD as part as the IMPRS in Evolutionary Biology at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, Germany, working on the evolution of the nervous system-microbiota interactions in Hydra, supervised by Prof. Dr. Thomas Bosch.
I was born in Hubei, China and I received my B.Sc. from the Univeristy of Lanzhou, China. Then, I studied Genetics at the University of Shanghai Jiaotong, China and obtained my M.Sc. in 2011. Currently, I am a PhD student in Evolutionary Biology and Genetics Department in the University of Kiel, supervised by Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schulenburg. My topic focused on omics data analysis of C. elegans on immune response and co-evolution. I am interested in mathematics and computer science. I like to spend my free time on books and photography.
Alejandra Zárate Potes
I was born in Bogotá, Colombia and studied Biology at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, where I also received my Master in Biology in 2013. I am currently a PhD student at the Evolutionary Biology and Genetics Department in the University of Kiel as a part of the IMPRS program. I am interested in studying the evolution of the immune system in animals and by which mechanisms it mediates the interaction with microorganisms. Under the supervision of Dr. Katja Dierking and Dr. Hinrich Schulenburg I study specific immune mechanisms of C. elegans in the interaction with the pathogen Bacillus thuringiensis. I love to travel, watch movies, learn languages, read and swim.