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Johannes Gowin

Johannes Gowin

University Freiburg, Biology I
Hauptstr. 1
D-79104 Freiburg
Phone: ++49 / 761 / 203 - xxxx
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Research interests


Molecular basis for reproductive division of labour in termites 

Termites, usually recognised as pest species, beside bees, ants and wasps (Hymenoptera) are the example for eusociality. But termites aren’t closely related to Hymenopterans, they’re rather cockroaches – social cockroaches. By phenotypic plasticity different castes are present, i.e. they differ in morphology and gene expression levels.

My research will focus on genes that maintain a diversion of the castes and thereby are overexpressed in one caste. Furthermore I am interested in the functions of the found genes, that is which processes and behaviours are affected by them.


  • qPCR (real time PCR)
  • solid phase micro extraction (SPME) + gas chromatography-mass spektrometry (GC-MS)
  • cDNA representational difference analysis (cDNA-RDA)
  • behavioural bioassays


Johannes Gowin - CV


  • since 02/2010  
    Ph.D.: „Molecular basis for reproductive division of labour in termites“
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Judith Korb, Osnabrück
  • 06/2008 - 06/2009  
    Diploma thesis: „Sex specificity of cuticular hydrocarbon profiles plus transport and perception of hydrocarbons in the genus Bombus (Hymenoptera, Apidae)“
    Supervisor: Dr. Thomas Schmidt, Freiburg
  • 04/2005 - 06/2009  
    advanced studies in Biology at the Albert-Ludwigs-University,Freiburg
  • 10/2002 - 03/2005  
    basic studies in Biology at University of Cologne
  • 06/2001  
    academic high school diploma at the Erich-Kästner academic high school in Cologne


Conferences and workshops


  • Gowin J., Weil T. & Korb J. (2010), talk „Molecular basis for reproductive division of labour in  a lower termite“, Bernhard Rensch summer school „genome evolution“, Fraueninsel Chiemsee
  • Gowin J., Weil T. & Korb J. (2010), talk „Molecular basis for reproductive division of labour in a lower termite“, 16th International IUSSI Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark




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