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We are interested in the evolution and ecology of insects and bacterial resistance evolution. This encompasses the evolution of insect immunity, antimicrobial peptides, insect-microbe interactions and the evolution of complete metamorphosis.

Our group collaborates closely with the labs of Dino McMahon, Sophie Armitage, Uli Steiner and Paul Johnston. We are part of the DFG-funded research consortium FOR 5026 InsectInfect and of the GlobalResist project funded by the Berlin University Alliance.

On campus we are involved in two science and society project. One project is on the dual use of science, the other one on biodiversity preservation on campus.

We are also members of the ZIBI Interdisciplinary Center of Infection Biology and Immunity and the Berlin Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research.