Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996 – 2001
    PhD Researcher at Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

  • 2002 – 2005
    Post-doctoral Researcher at University College London & Imperial College London, Silwood Park, United Kingdom

  • 2005 – 2008
    Post-doctoral Researcher at University College London & Imperial College London, Silwood Park, United Kingdom

  • Since 2009
    Assistant Professor (tenure track) & Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow at University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Selected publications

  • Gioti A, S Wigby, B Wertheim, E Schuster, P Martinez, CJ Pennington, L Partridge, T Chapman (2012). Sex peptide of Drosophila melanogaster males is a global regulator of reproductive processes in females. Proceedings of the Royal Society Biological Sciences 279(1746):4423-4432.

  • Chen Y, SF Lee, E Blanc, C Reuter, B Wertheim, P Martinez-Diaz, AA Hoffmann & L Partridge (2012). Genome-wide transcription analysis of clinal genetic variation in Drosophila. PLoS ONE 7(4): e34620.

  • Wertheim, B, AR Kraaijeveld, MG Hopkins, M Walther Boer, & HCJ Godfray (2011), Functional genomics of the evolution of increased resistance to parasitism in Drosophila. Molecular Ecology, 20, 932-949.

  • Wertheim, B, AR Kraaijeveld, E Schuster, E Blanc, M Hopkins, SD Pletcher, MR Strand, L Partridge, HCJ Godfray (2005). Genome-wide expression in response to parasitoid attack in Drosophila. Genome Biology, 6, R94.

  • Wertheim, B, EJA van Baalen, M Dicke & LEM Vet (2005). Pheromone-mediated aggregation in non-social arthropods: An evolutionary ecological perspective. Annual Review of Entomology, 50: 321-346.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Editorial Board: Evolutionary Ecology

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • I am fascinated by the contribution of ecological interactions on genome evolution. Large parts of the genome have evolved to deal with the ecological interactions of an organism with its environment. Most of the traits or processes that have evolved for these interactions are complex, with many genes involved and often the ability to respond to variation in the environmental conditions. For the analysis of the complex genetic architecture of such traits and processes, the genomic toolbox is required. Combining evolutionary genomics and post-genomics, molecular genetics, statistical modelling and bioinformatics, I am studying the genomic features that enable rapid evolution, using the host-parasitoid interactions as a model system. By unraveling the mechanisms underlying the large variation in immunity among individuals, populations and species, we will gain a better understanding of the proximate processes in genome evolution.


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