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The Worm Lab

Here at the worm-lab at the University of Cologne we study all kinds of vermiform animals, with a strong focus on the roundworms (phylum Nematoda). Under the umbrella of research in evolution and/of development our mission is to (i) understand why roundworms are locked into a vermiform Bauplan, (ii) study their biodiversity in the face of climate change and learn how some of them can thrive without sex, and last but not least (iii) to fight the parasitic worms causing neglected tropical diseases.

Funded by the DFG Emmy Noether Programme SCHI 1365/2-1.

Open Positions

We are always happy for students to join us either for project modules or for BSc/MSc thesis projects. Please just drop us an email or come by the  lab at any time for a discussion of options.

We are also very open to discuss options to acquire funding for PhD-students or post-docs who would like to join us. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Please visit us at for in depth information on our research projects, photo and video reports on our work, and much more.