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I am an evolutionary biologist with broad interest in the molecular systematics, ecology, biodiversity and evolution of insects. I am particularly interested in using comparative transcriptomics to address various evolutionary questions.
After my Ph.D. in Hannover, Germany; I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, USA. Since May 2014 I am a Assistant Professor in the Biosystematics Group at Wageningen UR.
My current research addresses the evolution of the insects in a multidisciplinary approach: from bioinformatics, genomics to EvoDevo research. I am using comparative transcriptomics to evaluate mechanistic problems relevant to phylogenetic reconstruction and seek to identify a stable core set of genes with mostly congruent historical signal present in most or all taxa under investigation. I further approach questions concerning evolution of early insect development by studying the transcriptional signatures and dynamics of developmental processes using RNA-seq data.