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Karen Meusemann

Karen MeusemannKaren Meusemann

University of Freiburg
Biology I, Evolution & Ecology

Hauptstraße 1, Room 1013
D-79104 Freiburg

Phone. ++49/761/203-2547
E-Mail: karen.meusemann@biologie.uni-freiburg.de





Research Interests


I am interested in the evolution of insects, currently in particular in the remoulding of the trade-off of fecundity / longevity in social insects. Working in the So-Long project (FOR2281, German Science Foundation) we study this unique phenomenon including poly- and holometabolan insects to understand the molecular underpinning of trade-offs and life histories. Beyond this I am interested in phylogenetics and -genomics of hexapods in general.

My focus is research based on molecular sequence data, genome and transcriptome evolution, differential gene expression, functional genomics, and I am interested especially in pitfalls, challenges and improvement of methodological approaches dealing with transcriptome and genome sequence data and quality assessment along with NGS data.
I am additionally involved in project coordination. More information on ongoing projects:

So-Long project: http://gepris.dfg.de/gepris/projekt/261675780?language=en/

1KITE - project: www.1kite.org

Short CV


  • since 05/2016 Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Freiburg, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Ecolgy, Freiburg (Brsg.), Germany
  • 07/2013 – 04/2016 Postdoctoral Fellow (Schlinger) at the Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO
    National Research Collections Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia
  • 03/2012 – 06/2013 Postdoctoral Fellow (DFG) at the Zentrum für Molekulare Biodiversitätsforschung,
    Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum A. Koenig (ZFMK), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Bonn, Germany
  • 03/2012 Dr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude), Zentrum für Molekulare Biodiversitätsforschung (ZFMK), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität, Bonn
  • 2006 – 2012 PhD student at the Zentrum für Molekulare Biodiversitätsforschung (ZFMK): Ph.D. thesis: Molecular phylogeny and evolution of ’basal hexapods’: The “Atelocerata” - A vanishing hypothesis? (DFG priority program SPP1174 “Deep Metazoan Phylogeny”). Supervisor: Prof. Dr. B. Misof. Published online: http://hss.ulb.uni-bonn.de/2012/2947/2947.htm
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A full list of publications can be found on Google Scholar and ResearcherID

Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=uK45QqgAAAAJ&hl=en

ResearcherID: www.researcherid.com/rid/J-4027-2013




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