Work in my group grows from two core ideas:
1) Differences between species begin first as variation within species.
2) Understanding the evolution of development goes hand-in-hand with research into developmental mechanisms.
My job here is to help researchers build projects around these two themes while not getting too much in the way of the people actually doing most of the work.
Alexandra joined us from the Hofreiter lab in Potsdam where she worked on sequencing methods for ancient DNA and turns her skills now to developing single-cell methods for weird sea creatures and generally making sure the lab stays up and running.
Using single-cell sequencing and weird fly hybrids, Anna works to understand the evolution of gene expression and how aspects of regulatory architecture (eg. tissue type) impact the visibility of mutations to natural selection.
The captain of team urchin, Jonas aims to to understand how mutations and environmental influences impact development.
Dominika is taking us back to our roots in development, working to figure out how regulatory element usage changes during cell-fate specification (and re-specification!) during sea urchin development. She is funded as part of the IRTG 2403.
Marion keeps us running from the ground up: Buffers, maintaining the flies, coordinating repairs. Basically, all the stuff that makes science happen.
Annika's project focuses on the generation of interspecies hybrids in Drosophila: How do you best make them? And what happens to their gene expression in development?
IRI for the Life Sciences
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Philippstr. 13 (Haus 18)