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.

  • 2017 – 2019
    Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, UK.

  • Since 2019
    Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, UK.

Selected 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 (29): Biol. Open; BMC Evol. Biol.; BMC Genom.; Commun. Biol.; Curr. Biol.; 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 bodies (5): German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungs-gemeinschaft, DFG); Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP); National Science Foundation (NSF, USA); UK Research and Innovation (BBSRC and MRC).

Media coverage

  • Audio interview on the milkweed bug genome project and genomic signatures related to species' diets and feeding ecologies, Deutschlandfunk Forschung Aktuell broadcast, April 2019. (radio program link (in German))

  • Time-lapse embryo movie from recent publication featured on Zeiss Microscopy's YouTube channel (2016). (Movie link)

  • Time-lapse embryo movie from recent publication featured on Zeiss Microscopy's YouTube channel (2014). (Movie link)

  • Time-lapse embryo movie from recent publication featured on the publisher's YouTube channel (2013). (Movie link)

  • Video interview on doing science and the nature of research discoveries, Significant Details Project, May 2013. Recommended via Google+. (YouTube video link)

  • Audio interview on the field of evo-devo biology, Brains Matter Podcast: "Hox genes and evolutionary developmental genetics", Dec. 2009. (Podcast audio link)

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