Short CV/Education and training

  • 1997 – 2001
    B.A. (Major: Biology), Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania, USA. Advisor: Professor Scott Gilbert.

  • 2001 – 2002
    M.Phil. in Biological Sciences, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK. Supervisor: Professor Michael Akam.

  • 2002 – 2006
    Ph.D. in Zoology, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK. Supervisor: Professor Michael Akam.

  • 2007
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Professor Michael Akam. Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK.

  • 2007
    Visiting Researcher, Laboratory of Professor Sumihare Noji. Dept. of Biological Science and Technology, University of Tokushima, Japan.

  • 2008 – 2011
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Professor Siegfried Roth. Institute for Developmental Biology, University of Cologne, Germany.

  • Since 2012
    Independent Junior Group Leader (Emmy Noether Program, DFG), Institute for Developmental Biology, University of Cologne, Germany.

  • Since 2017
    Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, UK.

Selected publications

  • Panfilio, K.A.*, and Angelini, D.R. 2018. By land, air, and sea: hemipteran diversity through the genomic lens. Curr. Opin. Insect Sci. 25: 106-115.

  • Horn, T., and Panfilio, K.A.* 2016. Novel functions for Dorsocross in epithelial morphogenesis in the beetle Tribolium castaneum. Development. 143: 3002-3011. doi: 10.1242/dev.133280

  • Hilbrant, M., Horn, T., Koelzer, S., and Panfilio, K.A.* 2016. The beetle amnion and serosa functionally interact as apposed epithelia. eLife 5: e13834. doi: 10.7554/eLife.13834

  • Horn, T., Hilbrant, M., and Panfilio, K.A.* 2015. Evolution of epithelial morphogenesis: phenotypic integration across multiple levels of biological organization. Front. Genet. 6: 303. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2015.00303

  • Koelzer, S., Koelsch, Y., and Panfilio, K.A.*. 2014. Visualizing late insect embryogenesis: Extraembryonic and mesodermal enhancer trap expression in the beetle Tribolium castaneum. PLoS ONE 9(7): e103967. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103967

  • Panfilio, K.A.*, Oberhofer, G., Roth, S. 2013. High plasticity in epithelial morphogenesis during insect dorsal closure. Biol Open. 2: 1108-18. doi: 10.1242/bio.20136072.

  • Ewen-Campen, B., Shaner, N., Panfilio, K.A., Suzuki, Y., Roth, S. Extavour, C. 2011. The maternal and early embryonic transcriptome of the milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus. BMC Genomics 12: 61.

  • Panfilio, K.A.*, Roth, S. 2010. Epithelial reorganization events during late extraembryonic development in a hemimetabolous insect. Dev. Biol. 340(1): 100 – 115.

  • Panfilio, K.A.* 2008. Extraembryonic development in insects and the acrobatics of blastokinesis (review). Dev. Biol. 313(2): 471 – 491.

  • Panfilio, K.A.*, Liu, P.Z., Akam, M., Kaufman, T.C. 2006. Oncopeltus fasciatus zen is essential for serosal tissue function in katatrepsis. Dev. Biol. 292(1): 226 – 243.

  • * denotes corresponding authorship.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • "Comparative cellular and molecular approaches to epithelial morphogenesis in insects": Extraembryonic development in the milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) and red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum).

  • Oncopeltus fasciatus genome sequencing and annotation, as part of the Hemipteran Genome Consortium, through the i5k project (species page).

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology, since 2006

  • Ad-hoc reviewer for the journals (27): Biol. Open; BMC Evol. Biol.; BMC Genom.; Development; Dev. Biol.; Dev. Dyn.; Dev. Genes Evol.; Dev. Growth Differ.; eLife; EvoDevo; Front. Ecol. Evol.; Gene Expr. Patterns; Genome Biol. Evol.; Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol.; Insects; J. Anat.; J Exp Zool B Mol Dev Evol.; J. Vis. Exp.; Mol. Biol. Evol.; Mol. Ecol. Resour.; Nature; Nat. Protoc.; PLoS One; Philos. Trans. R. Soc. Lond. B Biol. Sci.; Proc. R. Soc. B.; R. Soc. Open Sci.; Sci. Rep.

  • Ad-hoc reviewer for the funding agencies (4): Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, UK); German Research Foundation (DFG); Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP); National Science Foundation (NSF, USA)

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