Applied Zoology at Dresden


Disclaimer: This website by members of the Applied Zoology lab at the Technische Universitaet Dresden is regularly updated but is not the official university website (which is here and cannot frequently be updated). Our lab is also involved in the Dresden International PhD Programme (DIPP) and has a page there.

In our lab, we seek answers to fundamental zoological questions, such as determinants of male (in)fertility, the role of mito-nuclear interactions on metabolism, the phenotype and on evolutionary change. We also study the genetics and material properties of the insect skin. Want to join us?

Mission Official

We aim to become an internationally recognised lab for combining evolutionary with molecular and microscopy approaches in three areas: 1) mito-nuclear interactions, 2) sperm biology and male infertility, and 3) bioprospecting. Mainly using Drosophila, we link sperm physiology with environmental and mitochondrial variation to reveal causes of sperm dysfunction in vivo, address problems related to metabolic diseases and inform material science and applied areas by testing hypotheses about the molecular biology and function of the insect cuticle.

See here for details of our research and here for our publications. We aim at high representation in the press. Our current teaching areas are here. Contact us. Want to join us?

Not Applied Zoology…


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2017 News

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During Semesterferien: no regular contact hours for Professor Reinhardt – please arrange a meeting via the office.
18 Aug. Klausurergebnisse ├ľkologie and Evolution available. Or see teaching website.
15 Aug. Congratulations to Reda for the extension of her fellowship.
8 Aug. Updated BSc and MSc topics are available. Others are possible, too.
27 July. Student helper(s) wanted (SHK) from Sept/Oct 2017. See here for details. First deadline: 10 August.
4 to 6 July. Meet our guest, Departmental Seminar speaker Dr Adam Dobson, UCL. He will speak about “Diet, Transcription and Ageing“. In Drosophila. at 5pm. Adam’s scholar site. more here.
3 to 14 July. We host Dr A Ribou and Prof C Grunau from the University of Perpignan.
23 June. New arrival. The new confocal microscope has arrived. Welcome!
20 June watch out for Conni’s talk on two-photon FLIM in the BioVision Seminar at 4pm. BBQ party afterwards.
19 June Klaus’ teaching evaluation has arrived. Results are here.
1 June Happiness can arise from sticky sperm.
1 June Meet our seminar speaker: Veronika Magdanz from the IFW will speak about Bio-hybrid sperm-driven microswimmers as diagnostic tools for sperm migration, 12-13 in E31 in the Biology Buildg. Her website.
1 June Welcome to Jeanette Kessler who joined our group from today. Jeanette works on Epigenetic regulation of ovarian development in Drosophila.
1 June Highest honour. Klaus was invited to be speaking at the student-organised Teichfest on the Ecology and Evolution of Phantastic (Teich)beasts. 7 July 18.30.
29 May And one more successful TAC meeting! Congratulations, Barbara!
17 May Two more successful TAC meetings! Well done, Reda and Ruijian!
14-16 May Conni at the Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Conference in Prague, presenting a poster on FLIM of insect sperm and insect reproductive organs.
12 May We are on Twitter. Let’s see how it works. @tudaz2.
12 May Klaus is Invited Speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Biologists in Reproductive Medicine in Berlin on Risks and Chances of Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy.

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