Dr. Linda Odenthal-Hesse

Research Group Leader
Former Department Tautz
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
Research Group Meiotic Recombination and genome instability
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Main Focus

Effects of meiotic recombination on genome instability


Dr. Linda Odenthal-Hesse uses single molecule and small pool allele specific PCR approaches to study de-novo recombination in germ.  Her research interest revolves around understanding meiotic recombination, the regulation of accurate recombination placement and its impact on genome dynamics.


Research fields:

  • Meiotic recombination
  • Mammalian recombination hotspots
  • Recombination landscape evolution
  • (biased) Gene conversion
  • Copy Number Variation  
  • Speciation

Curriculum Vitae

Born 23rd of February 1983 in Dormagen, Germany. Studied biology at University of Cologne (BSc (hons) in Biological Sciences) from 2003-2006 followed by a Fast-Track Masters Programme in 2007 (MSc in Genetics). Linda Odenthal-Hesse then went on to study Human Genetics with Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys at the University of Leicester (DPhil) from 2008-2012. Two Postdoctoral positions followed, one on Copy Number Variation and Genome Instability in Disease also at the University of Leicester, followed by an Odyssey Fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, working on DNA Repair and Recombination. Currently Working Group Principal Investigor (Junior-Arbeitsgruppenleiterin) at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology. Married with two children.

Scientific Awards:

2006 Scholarship (undergraduate research project)

2007 Fellowship of International Graduate School for Biological Sciences at the University of Cologne

2008-2011 Boehringer Ingelheim PhD Fellowship

2013 Odyssey Fellowship

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