IMPRS Doctoral Researchers

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Adam, Elisabeth Austria
Thesis title: Desert ant navigation based on olfactory cues

Bartels, Benjamin Germany
Thesis title: Laser-assisted methods for spatially-resolved metabolomics

Bing, Julia Germany
Thesis title: The real pollination ecology of Nicotiana attenuata

Boccia, Marianna Italy
Thesis title: Metabolic engineering of monoterpene indole alkaloids

Campetella, Florencia Argentina
Thesis title: Olfactory coding in Triatomines

Davila-Lara, Alberto Nicaragua
Thesis title: Molecular regulation of carnivory in pitcher plants of the genus Nepenthes

Diaz-Morales, Melissa Costa Rica
Thesis title: Dracula orchid pollination by drosophilid flies

Dietel, Anne-Kathrin Germany
Thesis title: Identifying the molecular causes for the commonly observed AT-bias in plasmid genomes

Dong, Ling China
Thesis title: Specificity, phylogeny and fitness contributions of phytoplasma effector proteins

Dudek, Bettina Germany
Thesis title: Characterisation of colour occurrence and ecological meaning in Papaver petals

Easson, Michael Canada
Thesis title: Detoxification of plant defenses by white flies

Ezediokpu, Marycolette Nigeria
Thesis title: Volatile in der Wurzel-Mykorrhiza-Interaktion

Fabian, Benjamin Germany
Thesis title: Experience-dependent plasticity of olfactory circuits

Fabisch, Thomas Germany
Thesis title: Black poplar defense responses to biotic stress

Fenizia, Simona Italy
Thesis title: Zwitterionic metabolites -signals and resources

Fischer, Maike Laura Germany
Thesis title: Drugs from bugs: Venomics of predatory Heteroptera

Förster, Christiane Germany
Thesis title: Biochemical and functional aspects of O-methylation of flavonoids and benzoxazinoids in maize and wheat

Freire, Marilia Portugal
Thesis title: Bimodal navigation in desert ants: The role of vision and olfaction

Fruitet, Elise France
Thesis title: Evolution in an invasive species: How does sexual communication evolve in a recently invaded moth species?

Garde, Ravindra India
Thesis title: Modelling and computer simulations of Bacillus subtilis biofilms

Gikonyo, Matilda Kenya
Thesis title: The evolutionary arms race between Psylliodes leaf beetles and their host plants

Giri, Samir India
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Grzech, Dagny Poland
Thesis title: Building the oxindole scaffold in medicinal plants

Häger, Wiebke Germany
Thesis title: Adaptation of the Phaedon cochleariae pectolytic system to plant-derived inhibitors

Halty, Lorena Spain
Thesis title: Interaction of insect odorant receptors with intracellular signaling systems

Heiling, Sven Germany
Thesis title: Molecular and genetic characterization of 17-hydroxygeranyllinalool diterpene glycosides in Nicotiana attenuata using metabolomics

Heyworth, Cecilia United Kingdom
Thesis title: Testing a model for aposematism

Hoffmann, Martin Germany
Thesis title: Computational metabolomics

Jain, Kalpana India
Thesis title: Characterization of Drosophila olfactory sensory neuron performance

Kamileen, Mohamed Omar Sri Lanka
Thesis title: Biosynthesis of monoterpene indole alkaloids in Tabernanthe iboga

Khallaf, Mohammed A. Egypt
Thesis title: Neuroecology of courtship behavior in Drosophila

Körnig, Johannes Germany
Thesis title: Organization, regulation and ecological function of the glucosinolate-myrosinase defense in Phyllotreta flea beatles

Kshatriya, Kristina Canada
Thesis title: Detoxification of diterpene resin acids by the pine weevil (Hylobius abietis)

Lackus, Nathalie Germany
Thesis title: Untersuchung zur Pflanzenabwehr in Pappelwurzeln

Langley, Chloe United Kingdom
Thesis title: Protein interactions in plant specialised metabolism

Lyu, Hui China
Thesis title: Structure, Biosynthesis and Function of Phenylphenalenoids from Musella lasiocarpa

Mai, Duc Tam Viet Nam
Thesis title: Plant defense detoxification strategies of herbivores in a multitrophic context

Mazumdar, Tilottama India
Thesis title: Using fluorescent Enterococcus mundtii to study the variation in gene expression, spatially and temporally, in the gut of Spodoptera littoralis larva

Medina van Berkum, Pamela Netherlands
Thesis title: Plant volatile organic compounds in the context of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning relationships

Meents, Anja Katharina Germany
Thesis title: Isolation and characterization of Arabidopsis mutants impaired in systemic wound signaling

Mehta, Pooja Snehrashmi India
Thesis title: The role of root exudates in recruitment and maintenance of the Nicotiana attenuata root microbiome

Moreira Soto, Rolando Daniel Costa Rica
Thesis title: Drosophila-mediated pollination in an Orchid

Müller, Andrea Germany
Thesis title: Investigation of inducible defence against herbivores in the myrmecophytic plant Tococa

Nataraj, Nandita India
Thesis title: Flower constancy and flower learning in the tobacco hawkmoth Manduca sexta

ODonnell, Andrew United States
Thesis title: Regulation and evolution of terpene resin formation in transgenic spruce

Oetama, Vincensius Surya Indonesia
Thesis title: Chlorophyll degradation in Spodoptera littoralis

Pajar, Jessil Ann Lubo Philippines
Thesis title: Tapping into signaling interactions between nematodes and aphids

Pal Mahadevan, Venkatesh India
Thesis title: Deorphanization of chemosensory neurons in D. melanogaster

Paulmann, Maria Germany
Thesis title: What are the mechanisms for maintaining the diversity of host races in the pea aphid?

Perreca, Erica Italy
Thesis title: Effect of drought on the MEP pathway in Picea glauca

Prelic, Sinisa Poland
Thesis title: Molecular profiling Drosophila olfactory sensory neurons

Protti Sanchez, Francesca Costa Rica
Thesis title: A bird’s eye view of warning signals

Puckett, Emily United States
Thesis title: Effect of ophiostomatoid fungi on bark beetle nutrition and fitness

Radisch, Diana Germany
Thesis title: The role of plant beta-glucosidases and beta-glucosidase-aggregating factors in BXD activation in WCR-damaged maize roots

Ray, Rishav India
Thesis title: "smRNAs mediating plant-herbivore interactions: melding field biology and bioinformatics"

Rubiano Buitrago, Paola Andrea Colombia
Thesis title: Predators that eat toxic food

Schnurrer, Florian Maik Germany
Thesis title: Salicinoid metabolism in Cerura vinula

Sell, Marie Pauline Germany
Thesis title: Effects of the main secondary metabolites of Physalis plants on a specialist and a generalist species of Lepidoptera

Shin, Na Ra Korea
Thesis title: Diversity, evolutionary history and functional characterization of plant cell wall degrading enzymes in beetles of the family Cerambycidae

Simiyu Wekesa, Clabe Kenya
Thesis title: Characterization, growth and transcriptome response of common bean nodulating Rhizobia isolates to aluminium toxicity from western Kenya soils

Sporer, Theresa Germany
Thesis title: How do flea beetles overcome the 'mustard oil bomb'?

Stein, Florian Germany
Thesis title: Intraspecific chemodiversity in Populus nigra

Sun, Ruo China
Thesis title: Revealing the role of host plant's glucosinolates in the interactions of Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera) with its specialist parasitoid Diadegma semiclausum

Thiagarajan, Devasena India
Thesis title: Dissecting the neural circuitry underlying oviposition behavior in Drosophila flies.

Tom, Megha Treesa India
Thesis title: The impact of single olfactory receptors on the behaviour of the hawkmoth Manduca sexta

Tseng, Yu-Heng Taiwan, Republic of China
Thesis title: Characterization of novel biomolecules establishing mutualistic interactions with roots of Arabidopsis Species

Uhe, Christin Germany
Thesis title: Behavioral and nutritional ecology of insects on poplar

Unni, Anjana India
Thesis title: Das olfaktorische System der Wanderheuschrecke

Varma, Mahendra Rajkumar India
Thesis title: Molecular basis of balanced color polymorphisms in grasshoppers

Winter, Gabe Brazil
Thesis title: Behavioural niche choice: personality differences and unpredictability in escape behaviour

Yang, Caiqiong China
Thesis title: Disentangling Ecological Functions of Triterpenoids in Nicotiana attenuata