Research

Our research, mainly using insects, is related to four areas. In Sperm Biology we use experimental evolution and other experimental approaches to understand the significance of environmental (aka lifestyle) effects on sperm function, including infections, diet or atmospheric variation. Of central importance are oxygen radicals and sperm metabolism, which we measure using laser-induced fluorescence microscopy FLIM and microfluometry.

In Evolutionary Solutions to Diseases we focus on mitochondria, our cells’ powerhouses. The interaction of mitochondrial DNA with chromosomal DNA has substantial implications for the so-called mitochondrial replacement therapy (three-parent-baby technology). We aim to combine genetic methods with experimental evolution in order to identify suitable mito-nuclear interactions.

Our third research area, related to Bioprospecting, examines natural solutions to all kinds of technical problems. We focus on areas where evolution is particularly rapid: evolutionary conflicts. Currently, we mainly concentrate on the Ecology and Molecular Biology of the Insect Cuticle.

Finally, in Cultural Zoology we use zoological studies, to inform aspects of the human society, or use cultural aspects to reveal biological particularities.