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Nico Posnien

Georg-August-University Gottingen
Dept. for Developmental Biology
Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11
Gottingen, Lower Saxony 37077


Taxa Studied: Invertebrate Animals, Drosophila, spiders (Parasteatoda tepidariorum), Beetles (Tribolium castaneum)
Techniques Employed: Quantitative PCR (qPCR), Solexa (Illumina) Sequencing, Bioinformatics/Sequence Analysis, In Situ Hybridization, Antibody Staining, RNA interference(RNAi), Epifluoresence Microscopy, Confocal Microscopy, Transgenesis, Mutagenesis
Research Description: We are interested in the Evolution head morphology in arthropods. We apply an Eco-Evo-Devo approach to study the molecular basis of natural variation in adult head morphology in closely realted Drosophila species. In addition, we are currently trying to establish the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum as Eco-Evo-Devo model. By applying a broader Evo-Devo approach we want to understand how visual systems in chelicerates (spiders) and insects (Tribolium, Drosophila) evolved.
Lab Web Page: http://https://sites.google.com/site/niposcience/
Willing to Host Undergraduates: YES
Actively Seeking Undergraduates: YES
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