Anthropology & Evolutionary Biology

Our research focuses on Fertilization Protein Evolution and Parasite Evolution taking thorny-headed worms (Acanthocephala) as a model.

The projects rank between fundamental and applied research. In particular, we want to provide scientists with criteria for selecting proteins or their coding genes as targets:

  • for diagnosis and therapy of impaired fertility in men and other male mammals
  • for sustainable, specific and effective control of fish parasites in aquaculture

For this purpose, we use molecular, phenotypic and life history data. The analyses additionally take into account the phylogenetic relationships and evolution of the organisms studied.

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