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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

  • DFG PR 766/11-1 Alternativer Ansatz für die biologische Systematik der Polyneoptera (Hexapoda, Insecta): phylogenetische Analyse der Peptidhormone