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Research interests

How do organisms adapt, differentiate and diversify? How are they shaping and are shaped by the communities and ecosystems they occur in? Addressing these question to to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanism underlying the immense diversity of life is my overarching research interest.

To do so, I study organisms across all domains of life (exotic viruses, unicellular eukaryotic hosts, endophytic fungi, carnivorous plants, open-ocean cyanobacteria and coastal soil microbiomes) focusing on processes that accelerate evolution in these systems, such as horizontal gene transfer via mobile genetic elements, viruses or vesicles.

For my research, I harness the power of genomics and big data, leveraging cutting-edge sequencing technologies and devising workflows and software to maximize their use. Moreover, I am developing tools for data exploration, integration and interpretation with a focus on genomics data visualization.

Combining these efforts, I aim to gain new insights into the concert of ecology and evolution that brings forth the wondrous living world around us.


Courselist on Ocasys


  • Ecological & Evolutionary Genomics (Bachelor)
  • Microbiome (Bachelor)
  • Research Skills in Ecology & Evolution (Bachelor)
  • Genomics in Ecology and Evolution (Master)
  • Practical Computing for Biologists (Master)

Individual Education & Project Supervisions:

  • BSc & MSc research projects, essays, and colloquia. 
  • BSc & MSc internships and graduation projects Bio-informatica Hanzehogeschool Groningen

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Bioinformatics, PhD, New methods for the assembly of large, repetitive genomes – the draft genome of the Venus flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, University of Wurzburg (Julius-Maximilians University of Wurzburg)


Award Date: 4-May-2016

Biology / Bioinformatics, Diplom Biologe (eqv. BSc/MSc Biology), The ITS2 database – from webinterface to workbench, University of Wurzburg (Julius-Maximilians University of Wurzburg)


Award Date: 21-Jun-2011

External positions

Postdoctoral Associate, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research


Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research


Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Research associate, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research


PhD candidate (Bioinformatics), University of Wurzburg (Julius-Maximilians University of Wurzburg)



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