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Our research is mainly focused on evolution in arthropods. Currently we are working on the following topics:

  • Biodiversity and biogeography of insects
  • Evolution of neuroendocrine systems in insects
  • Development of mass spectrometry-based methods for the analytical detection of peptide hormones
  • Evolution of venom in arthropods

Current Funding

  • EU (Horizon 2020), subproject within nEUROSTRESSPEP (grant 634361): Novel biocontrol agents for insect pests from neuroendocrinology http://www.neurostresspep.eu/home
  • DFG PR 766/11-1 Alternativer Ansatz für die biologische Systematik der Polyneoptera (Hexapoda, Insecta): phylogenetische Analyse der Peptidhormone
  • Großgeräteinitiative: DFG PR 766/10-1 (Predel R/Wegener C/ Sweedler JV/ Rössler W / Brüning JC) project: "High resolution Imaging Mass Spectrometry (IMS) of neuropeptides in dynamic systems"