Bioinformatics, computational genomics and modeling molecular evolution
Together with my students I work on theoretical aspects of modeling molecular evolution as well as data-driven applications of our new methodologies. We are broadly interested in applying computational methods to study the process of gene and genome evolution and in particular the process of adaptive genetic change. Growing genome-scale sequences and information from complimentary disciplines of transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics have begun to seriously impact genomics. But the challenge of understanding the dynamics of such large-system data can only be met through an integration of organism, molecular, and mathematical disciplines. New techniques need to be developed for discovering complex patterns from multi-faced systems biology data.
Global Health, Innovation and International Development, Research and Innovation Policy
I have a broad range of research interests in the area of research and innovation policy. In recent years I have led numerous studies in health innovation both in the context of industrially developing and developed countries. I am particularly interested in the ways in which public and private sectors interact in the innovation space.
Prof. Andrea Evers' research focuses on the role of psychobiological factors and interventions in chronic somatic conditions, with particular emphasis on research about placebo effects and related treatments, stress and psychoneuroimmunology, sensitization of physical symptoms of pain and itch, tailored cognitive behavior therapy and E-health interventions.
My major interest is inflammation/injury related cancer with a more recent focus on mesothelioma. Our group is involved in translational research ongoing in parallel with clinical trials for the treatment of patients with mesothelioma and in pre-clinical studies aimed at a better understanding of mesothelioma biology. In this context we are also testing targeted therapies.
Developmental disorders with a neurological basis, in particular autism, Asperger syndrome, dyslexia
Social interactions and communication
Causes of a lack of communication in autism
The influence of cultural factors on cognitive development
Applying the methods and insights of neuroscience to education
Literacy and Reading Socialization Research (ongoing)
Creative Writing (ongoing)
Extracurricular Educational Offerings – The Impact of German Language Instruction on Children from Immigrant Backgrounds (KU research group project, 2009 – 2011)
University Teaching Excellence (KU research group project, 2008 – 2011)
Implementation Research with Quantitative and Qualitative Parts (KU research group project, 2009 – 2011)
Reading Processes based on Neuroscientific and Neurodidactic Inquiry (KU research group project, 2011)
Behavioral and Neurocognitive Development across the Lifespan
Neuromodulation of Cognition
Neurocomputational and Formal Modeling of Lifespan Cognition
Ontogeny of Brain-Body-World Dynamics
Neuroeconomics and Aging
Biocultural Co-construction of Development
Interdisciplinary Child studies, Child and Youth Studies with focus on Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education (historical and contemporary perspectives), Pedagogical Documentation, Preschool (historical and contemporary perspectives), Notions of Children and Childhood, Children and (Educational) Media, Gender and Childhood, History of Children and Childhood, Battered Women's Movement, Critical Disourse Analysis
Aesthetics, aesthetic education, childhood, children's and youth literature
Aesthetic education in theory and practice
Music and aesthetic education at the primary level
Aesthetic experiences in childhood / in childhood memories
Children's and youth literature; the picture book
Words and images
Artistic creative processes beyond artistic professionalisation
General educational science, International and Intercultural Comparative Education
Theory of cultural transmission
International migration and its implications for education
International educational borrowing and lending
Analysis of historical and intercultural educational research from a philosophy of science perspective
International Progressive Education
My disciplinary identity lies in Sociology of Health with an orientation towards social inequalities, encompassing Life-course Epidemiology and Public Health on the one hand, and Sociology of Childhood and Sociology of Education on the other hand.
From a sociological perspective, people's risk of falling ill or dying can be seen as reflections of the larger social context in which they exist, and over the past few decades it has become increasingly evident that the foundation of good health is laid down in early life.
Common to practically all of my research is the focus on childhood social disadvantage and its implications for people's present and future health, as well as the ambition to identify the pathways through which such influences operate.
In line with this, my more recent research addresses the question of how social inequalities in health are transferred and maintained across family lineages spanning several generations.
In a different vein of my research, concentrating on a much narrower time-span, I investigate how different features of the school context shape and modify present-day children's level of stress and mental well-being.
Discourse Analysis, language acquisition, educational linguistics
acquisition of discourse skills (narration, explaining, argumentation), oral and written; adult-child interaction; linguistic competences and educational success; teacher-training
Language acquisition and language teaching
Linguistic discourse- and conversation analysis
Text production / reading competence
Qualitative (reconstructive) methodology
GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Mannheim
Area of specialisation
Sociology, Social science research methods
Social stratification and social inequality
Education and the life course
Official education statistics
Cross-nationally comparative research
Educational systems and classifications
Developmental and Clinical Psychology and its interface with Education
The development of children's language and learning especially reading.
Developmental disorders of language and cognition, particularly dyslexia and language impairment (SLI).
Interventions in education using randomized trials. Literacy and foundation learning in Developing countries.
Academic leadership in Scottish and UK higher education. Shaping of educational strategy in Scotland and beyond. Public engagement with special reference to educational disadvantage and health and social well-being.