Research group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Borsch
The Borsch group at Freie Universität Berlin is part of the Institute of Biology and a member of the Dahlem Center of Plant Sciences. We investigate different aspects of the evolution of flowering plants.
Head: Prof. Dr. Thomas Borsch
The main focus of Prof. Dr. Thomas Borsch is the reconstruction of the phylogeny of the flowering plants as well as the emergence of biological diversity, which he investigates on model groups like the Amaranthaceae and Nymphaeaceae. He also concentrates on morphology and ultrastructure of pollen as taxonomic characters. Another focus lies on the sustainable use of biological diversity and genetic resources.
Postdoc: Michael Grünstäudl, PhD
The research interests of Michael Grünstäudl, PhD focus on three areas: (a) phylogeny reconstruction with complete plastid genomes ("phylogenomics") using next-generation sequencing data, (b) the application of bioinformatic models in hybrid identification and the reconstruction of the biogeographic history of a plant lineage, and (c) the use of coalescent models in inferring gene and species trees. Particular focus is currently placed on the order Nymphaeales as well as the sunflower family (Asteraceae).
Postdoc: Dr. Katja Reichel
Dr. Katja Reichel wants to understand how plant evolution works. To this end she combines a wide variety of approaches, from mathematical models through DNA analyses to ecological methods. She is particularly intrigued by the frequent ability of plants to reproduce asexually, which might in turn shed some light on the evolution of sex. Her current research is in the areas of theoretical population genetics and conservation genetics.