Open Projects 2017

Projects 2017

The following projects are offered in the graduate school this year.

For further information on the projects, please click on the name of the group leader who is offering this project either above the project title or in the left column.
For further information on the research groups of interest, please click on the name of the respective group leader in the right column (faculty home pages).


Julien Dutheil

  • New methods for inferring selection in proteins

Bernhard Haubold

  • Epigenomics
  • Computational Genomics

Tobias Kaiser

  • The role of sexual communication and chromosomal rearrangements in driving sympatric population divergence

Tobias Lenz

  • The evolutionary trade-off between T-cell and MHC diversity in natural populations
  • Functional pleiotropy of HLA alleles in infectious and autoimmune diseases

Miriam Liedvogel

  • Genomic architecture and evolution of migratory traits in songbirds

Linda Odenthal-Hesse

  • Evolutionary dynamics and controlling factors of meiotic recombination hotspots

Paul Rainey

  • Evolutionary genetics of REPINs and RAYTs
  • Unravelling the evolutionary dynamics (and genetics) of lineage selection

Arne Traulsen

  • Eco-evolutionary dynamics of host-associated microbial communities


Lutz Becks

  • Eco-evolutionary dynamics

Tal Dagan

  • Phylogenetic tree rooting and inference of lateral gene transfer  
  • Evolutionary metagenomics of foraminifera residing in oxygen minimum zones

Christian Jung

  • The impact of polyploidization on flowering time control in rapeseed

Frank Kempken

  • Use of fungal model systems to address evolutionary questions

Dietrich Ober

  • The molecular evolution of the arms race of plants against herbivores

Thomas Roeder

  • The evolutionary basis of metabolic disorders. Understanding complex regulatory networks that control metabolic traits using the fruit fly as a model
  • Ancient ways to protect cells from premature death – how to deal with Parkinson’s disease and Diabetes
  • How does the brain-gut axis contribute to maintain intestinal homeostasis

Hinrich Schulenburg

  • Rapid antibiotic resistance evolution
  • The evolution of Worm-microbiome interactions

Eva Stukenbrock

  • Evolutionary dynamics of grass pathogens in natural ecosystems
  • Evolution and functional divergence of pathogenicity determinants in fungal grass pathogens
  • Microbial population adaptation to changing natural environments


Ute Hentschel Humeida

  • Lifestyle evolution in marine sponge symbionts

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