Alumni

Alumni

A list of all students who have successfully completed their PhD within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology.
Hiba was born in Khartoum, Sudan, and studied Molecular Biology at UAE University, United Arab Emirates, and at Uppsala University, Sweden, where she received her M.Sc. Biology in 2010. Between 2010 and 2014 she did her PhD within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology on "Mus musculus helgolandicus: insights into their origin - A study based on genetic and morphometrics analysis" in the Evolutionary Genetics group at the MPI Plön. Hiba is now doing her postdoc at the MPI for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany. Contact: babiker@shh.mpg.de

Dr. Hiba Moh. Ali Babiker

Hiba was born in Khartoum, Sudan, and studied Molecular Biology at UAE University, United Arab Emirates, and at Uppsala University, Sweden, where she received her M.Sc. Biology in 2010. Between 2010 and 2014 she did her PhD within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology on "Mus musculus helgolandicus: insights into their origin - A study based on genetic and morphometrics analysis" in the Evolutionary Genetics group at the MPI Plön. Hiba is now doing her postdoc at the MPI for the Science of Human History in Jena, Germany.

Contact: babiker@shh.mpg.de

Anne was born in Germany and studied Biology at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany, and the Queensland University in Brisbane, Australia. She received her Diploma in 2011 and did her PhD within our IMPRS at the Devision for Marine Biology of the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research in Kiel (Geomar) under the supervision of Dr. Olivia Roth. Anne defended her thesis in 2016 and is currently continuing her research at the Geomar.Contact: abeemelmanns@geomar.de

Dr. Anne Beemelmanns

Anne was born in Germany and studied Biology at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany, and the Queensland University in Brisbane, Australia. She received her Diploma in 2011 and did her PhD within our IMPRS at the Devision for Marine Biology of the Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research in Kiel (Geomar) under the supervision of Dr. Olivia Roth. Anne defended her thesis in 2016 and is currently continuing her research at the Geomar.

Contact: abeemelmanns@geomar.de [more]
Ozan was born in Turkey and studied at the Ege University and the Izmir Institute of Technology, where he received his M.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2009. He continued working there as a Research Assistant until he started his PhD within our IMPRS in 2011 working in the Max Planck Research Group for Experimental Evolution with Dr. Duncan Greig. Ozan moved to the USA where he is currently doing his postdoc in the lab of Will Ratcliff at the Georgia Institute of Technology.Contact: bozdag@evolbio.mpg.de

Dr. Gönensin Ozan Bozdag

Ozan was born in Turkey and studied at the Ege University and the Izmir Institute of Technology, where he received his M.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics in 2009. He continued working there as a Research Assistant until he started his PhD within our IMPRS in 2011 working in the Max Planck Research Group for Experimental Evolution with Dr. Duncan Greig. Ozan moved to the USA where he is currently doing his postdoc in the lab of Will Ratcliff at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Contact: bozdag@evolbio.mpg.de
Philipp was born in Germany and studied Biology at the Christian-Albrechts-Universiät zu Kiel, where he received his M. Sc. in Microbiology, Genetics and Physiology in 2010. Between 2010 and 2015, Philipp was a PhD student within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology working on the microbiota of the model nematode C. elegans at the Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics with Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schulenburg at Kiel University. Currently, he is the coordinator of the Kiel Research Center at Kiel University.Contact: pdirksen@zoologie.uni-kiel.de

Dr. Philipp Dirksen

Philipp was born in Germany and studied Biology at the Christian-Albrechts-Universiät zu Kiel, where he received his M. Sc. in Microbiology, Genetics and Physiology in 2010. Between 2010 and 2015, Philipp was a PhD student within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology working on the microbiota of the model nematode C. elegans at the Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics with Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schulenburg at Kiel University. Currently, he is the coordinator of the Kiel Research Center at Kiel University.

Contact: pdirksen@zoologie.uni-kiel.de
Nina was born in Schorndorf, Germany, and studied Biology at the Georg-August Universität in Göttingen, Germany, the Université de la Réunion, France (Erasmus), and at the University of Oxford, UK, where she received her M.Sc. in Biology in 2010. Within the IMPRS, she was working on “Evolutionary Ecology of Host Manipulation by Parasites” in the Department of Evolutionary Ecology with Prof. Dr. Manfred Milinski and Dr. Martin Kalbe between 2011 and 2015. At present, Nina is continuing her studies as a postdoc in the same group.Contact: hafer@evolbio.mpg.de

Dr. Nina Hafer

Nina was born in Schorndorf, Germany, and studied Biology at the Georg-August Universität in Göttingen, Germany, the Université de la Réunion, France (Erasmus), and at the University of Oxford, UK, where she received her M.Sc. in Biology in 2010. Within the IMPRS, she was working on “Evolutionary Ecology of Host Manipulation by Parasites” in the Department of Evolutionary Ecology with Prof. Dr. Manfred Milinski and Dr. Martin Kalbe between 2011 and 2015. At present, Nina is continuing her studies as a postdoc in the same group.

Contact: hafer@evolbio.mpg.de
Natascha was born in Germany and studied Biology at the University of Marburg, Germany, where she received her M. Sc. in 2010. She worked between 2010 and 2014 as a PhD student within the IMPRS on "Functional Analysis of Adaptively Relevant Genes in the House Mouse (Mus musculus L.)" in the department for Evolutionary Genetics at the MPI Plön together with Prof. Dr. Diethard Tautz.After that, she continued finishing her project and took over the IMPRS coordination as part of parental leave replacement. Currently, Natascha works as a coordinator at the Medical Structured Scientific Program (MEDISS) at the medical faculty of the university in Heidelberg.Contact: natascha.hasenkamp@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Dr. Natascha Hasenkamp

Natascha was born in Germany and studied Biology at the University of Marburg, Germany, where she received her M. Sc. in 2010. She worked between 2010 and 2014 as a PhD student within the IMPRS on "Functional Analysis of Adaptively Relevant Genes in the House Mouse (Mus musculus L.)" in the department for Evolutionary Genetics at the MPI Plön together with Prof. Dr. Diethard Tautz.
After that, she continued finishing her project and took over the IMPRS coordination as part of parental leave replacement. Currently, Natascha works as a coordinator at the Medical Structured Scientific Program (MEDISS) at the medical faculty of the university in Heidelberg.

Contact:
natascha.hasenkamp@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Tina was born in Germany and studied Biology at the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen, and the University of Rostock, both Germany, where she received her M. Sc. in Marine Biology in 2010. Afterwards, she became a PhD student within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology and worked on “Local adaptation in stickleback-tapeworm interactions” in the Parasitology Group with Dr. Martin Kalbe at the Max Planck Institute Plön. She finished her PhD in 2014 and currently continues her research as postdoc in the same group.Contact: henrich@evolbio.mpg.de

Dr. Tina Henrich

Tina was born in Germany and studied Biology at the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Giessen, and the University of Rostock, both Germany, where she received her M. Sc. in Marine Biology in 2010. Afterwards, she became a PhD student within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology and worked on “Local adaptation in stickleback-tapeworm interactions” in the Parasitology Group with Dr. Martin Kalbe at the Max Planck Institute Plön. She finished her PhD in 2014 and currently continues her research as postdoc in the same group.

Contact: henrich@evolbio.mpg.de
Vienna was born in Germany and studied Biology at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, where she received her Diploma in November 2011. She directly started her PhD within our IMPRS in the Max Planck Research Group for Experimental Evolution with Dr. Duncan Greig. Vienna defended her thesis in 2016 and is currently working as a postdoc in the Emmy Noether Group for Community Dynamics with Dr. Lutz Becks at the MPI.Contact: kowallik@evolbio.mpg.de

Dr. Vienna Kowallik

Vienna was born in Germany and studied Biology at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel, where she received her Diploma in November 2011. She directly started her PhD within our IMPRS in the Max Planck Research Group for Experimental Evolution with Dr. Duncan Greig. Vienna defended her thesis in 2016 and is currently working as a postdoc in the Emmy Noether Group for Community Dynamics with Dr. Lutz Becks at the MPI.

Contact: kowallik@evolbio.mpg.de
Cindy was born in China, and studied Business Management and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Ocean University of China. She received the Masters Degree of Science from Ghent University Belgium in 2012. Between 2012 and 2016, as member of the IMPRS, Cindy was working on Evolutionary Game Theory and population dynamics in the Research Group of Evolutionary Theory at the Max Planck Institute in Plön, supervised by Prof. Dr. Arne Traulsen. Cindy now moved to Switzerland where she is doing her postdoc in the lab of Prof. Dr. Hanna Kokko at the University of Zürich.Contact: li@evolbio.mpg.de

Dr. Xiangyi "Cindy" Li

Cindy was born in China, and studied Business Management and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Ocean University of China. She received the Masters Degree of Science from Ghent University Belgium in 2012. Between 2012 and 2016, as member of the IMPRS, Cindy was working on Evolutionary Game Theory and population dynamics in the Research Group of Evolutionary Theory at the Max Planck Institute in Plön, supervised by Prof. Dr. Arne Traulsen.
Cindy now moved to Switzerland where she is doing her postdoc in the lab of Prof. Dr. Hanna Kokko at the University of Zürich.

Contact: li@evolbio.mpg.de
Ana was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and studied Biology at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic, where she received her M. Sc. in Botany in 2007. Within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology, she was working on environmentally dependent within-host evolution of opportunistic pathogens in the group for Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes with Dr. Mathias Wegner at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Geomar) and the Wadden Sea Station Sylt of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Arctic and Marine Research. Ana is currently doing a post doc in the same group. Contact: Ana.Lokmer@awi.de

Dr. Ana Lokmer

Ana was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and studied Biology at the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic, where she received her M. Sc. in Botany in 2007. Within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology, she was working on environmentally dependent within-host evolution of opportunistic pathogens in the group for Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes with Dr. Mathias Wegner at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Geomar) and the Wadden Sea Station Sylt of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Arctic and Marine Research.
Ana is currently doing a post doc in the same group.

Contact: Ana.Lokmer@awi.de
Rafik was born in Colombia and studied Biology at the National University in Bogota. Later he studied at the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he received his Master of Sciences in Molecular Biology in 2011 (IMPRS for Molecular Biology). Between 2011 and 2014, he did his PhD on the evolution of orphan genes and the emergence of new genes at the Department of Evolutionary Genetics with Prof. Dr. Diethard Tautz at the Max Planck Institute in Plön. Currently, he continues his research as a postdoc in the same group.Contact: rneme@evolbio.mpg.de

Dr. Rafik Neme

Rafik was born in Colombia and studied Biology at the National University in Bogota. Later he studied at the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he received his Master of Sciences in Molecular Biology in 2011 (IMPRS for Molecular Biology).
Between 2011 and 2014, he did his PhD on the evolution of orphan genes and the emergence of new genes at the Department of Evolutionary Genetics with Prof. Dr. Diethard Tautz at the Max Planck Institute in Plön. Currently, he continues his research as a postdoc in the same group.

Contact: rneme@evolbio.mpg.de
Seun was born in Nigeria and studied Biochemistry at the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria, and the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, where he received his M. Sc. in Crop Biotechnology in 2009. Between 2010 and 2014 he was a PhD student within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology working on the “Evolutionary diversification of sugar beet homologs of A. thaliana PRR3/7 genes and their function in flowering time control” with Dr. Andreas Müller and Prof. Dr. Christian Jung at the Plant Breeding Institute of Christian-Albrechts-Universiät zu Kiel.Contact: o.omolade@plantbreeding.uni-kiel.de

Dr. OluwaSeun Omolade

Seun was born in Nigeria and studied Biochemistry at the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria, and the University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus, where he received his M. Sc. in Crop Biotechnology in 2009. Between 2010 and 2014 he was a PhD student within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology working on the “Evolutionary diversification of sugar beet homologs of A. thaliana PRR3/7 genes and their function in flowering time control” with Dr. Andreas Müller and Prof. Dr. Christian Jung at the Plant Breeding Institute of Christian-Albrechts-Universiät zu Kiel.

Contact: o.omolade@plantbreeding.uni-kiel.de
Luisa was born in Ocaña, Colombia, and studied Biology at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, where I received my Degree in 2010. Within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology, she was between 2011 and 2015 working on the "Evolution of the skull shape in mice" in the Department for Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute in Plön, supervised by Prof. Dr. Diethard Tautz. Currently, she continues her research in the same lab.Contact: pallares@evolbio.mpg.de

Dr. Luisa Pallares

Luisa was born in Ocaña, Colombia, and studied Biology at the National University of Colombia in Bogotá, where I received my Degree in 2010. Within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology, she was between 2011 and 2015 working on the "Evolution of the skull shape in mice" in the Department for Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute in Plön, supervised by Prof. Dr. Diethard Tautz.
Currently, she continues her research in the same lab.

Contact: pallares@evolbio.mpg.de
Carola was born in Germany and studied Biology at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel (CAU), where she received her Master in 2011. Between 2011 and 2015, she did her PhD within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology working on the natural ecology of Caenorhabditis elegans in the Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics at the CAU. Her supervisor was Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schulenburg. Currently, she continues her research in this group as a postdoc.Contact: cpetersen@zoologie.uni-kiel.de

Dr. Carola Petersen

Carola was born in Germany and studied Biology at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel (CAU), where she received her Master in 2011. Between 2011 and 2015, she did her PhD within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology working on the natural ecology of Caenorhabditis elegans in the Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics at the CAU. Her supervisor was Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schulenburg. Currently, she continues her research in this group as a postdoc.

Contact: cpetersen@zoologie.uni-kiel.de
Charlotte was born in in the UK and studied Biology at the University of Sheffield, UK, where she received her B. Sc. in Animal Behaviour in 2010. After working as a guest student at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel (CAU), she got accepted in the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology. Her PhD project involved the external immunity in Tribolium castaneum that she worked on together with Dr. Gerrit Joop from the Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics at the CAU. After the completion of her PhD in 2014 she moved to the King Lab at the University of Oxford where she is currently working as a postdoc.

Dr. Charlotte Rafaluk

Charlotte was born in in the UK and studied Biology at the University of Sheffield, UK, where she received her B. Sc. in Animal Behaviour in 2010. After working as a guest student at the Christian Albrechts University in Kiel (CAU), she got accepted in the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology. Her PhD project involved the external immunity in Tribolium castaneum that she worked on together with Dr. Gerrit Joop from the Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics at the CAU. After the completion of her PhD in 2014 she moved to the King Lab at the University of Oxford where she is currently working as a postdoc.
Philipp was born in Greiz (Thüringen), Germany, and studied Biology at the University of Bayreuth and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Evolution Ecology and Systematics Program) where he received his M. Sc. in 2010. He did his PhD within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology between 2010 and 2015 working on the influence of blood group related antigens on the intestinal microbiota in the Evolutionary Genomics group with Prof. Dr. John Baines at the Max Planck Institute in Plön and the Excellence Cluster "Inflammation at Interfaces" Kiel. Right now, he continues his research in the same group as a post doc.Contact: rausch@evolbio.mpg.de

Dr. Philipp Rausch

Philipp was born in Greiz (Thüringen), Germany, and studied Biology at the University of Bayreuth and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Evolution Ecology and Systematics Program) where he received his M. Sc. in 2010. He did his PhD within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology between 2010 and 2015 working on the influence of blood group related antigens on the intestinal microbiota in the Evolutionary Genomics group with Prof. Dr. John Baines at the Max Planck Institute in Plön and the Excellence Cluster "Inflammation at Interfaces" Kiel. Right now, he continues his research in the same group as a post doc.

Contact: rausch@evolbio.mpg.de
Miguel was born in Portugal and studied Marine Biology at the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal, where he received his M. Sc. in 2008. He did his PhD between 2010 and 2014 within the IMPRS of Evolutionary Biology on “Evolutionary Ecology of European Eels” in the group for Evolutionary Ecology for Marine Fishes with Prof. Dr. Thorsten Reusch at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Geomar). After the completion of his PhD, he has continued his research there.Contact: msoares@geomar.de

Dr. Miguel Soares

Miguel was born in Portugal and studied Marine Biology at the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal, where he received his M. Sc. in 2008. He did his PhD between 2010 and 2014 within the IMPRS of Evolutionary Biology on “Evolutionary Ecology of European Eels” in the group for Evolutionary Ecology for Marine Fishes with Prof. Dr. Thorsten Reusch at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (Geomar). After the completion of his PhD, he has continued his research there.

Contact: msoares@geomar.de
Jun was born in Shandong, China, and studied Biology at Ocean University of China, the University Ghent, Belgium, the University Oviedo, Spain, and the University Bremen, Germany. He received his M.Sc in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany, in 2010. Then, he did his PhD within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology working on “Microbiota and host co-evolution” in the Evolutionary Genomics group with Prof. Dr. John Baines at the Max Planck Institute in Plön. After the completion of his PhD in 2014 he moved to the Life Sciences Research Institute VIB at the University of Leuven to work there as a postdoc.Contact: jun.wang@vib-kuleuven.be

Dr. Jun Wang

Jun was born in Shandong, China, and studied Biology at Ocean University of China, the University Ghent, Belgium, the University Oviedo, Spain, and the University Bremen, Germany. He received his M.Sc in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany, in 2010. Then, he did his PhD within the IMPRS for Evolutionary Biology working on “Microbiota and host co-evolution” in the Evolutionary Genomics group with Prof. Dr. John Baines at the Max Planck Institute in Plön. After the completion of his PhD in 2014 he moved to the Life Sciences Research Institute VIB at the University of Leuven to work there as a postdoc.

Contact: jun.wang@vib-kuleuven.be
 
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