Here at the worm-lab at the University of Cologne we study all kinds of vermiform animals, with a strong focus on the roundworms (phylum Nematoda).
Under the umbrella of research in ecology, evolution and/of development our goal is to: — understand why roundworms are locked into a vermiform Bauplan; — study their biodiversity in the face of climate change and learn how some of them can thrive without sex; and last but not least — to fight the parasitic worms causing neglected tropical diseases.
We are always open for collaborations and we love to talk to everyone about our science, so please don't hesitate to get in touch through any of the channels listed below. Also if you want to work with us, maybe have a crazy cool idea for a research project, please get in touch as well.
The worm~lab is part of the German branch of the Earth BioGenome Project Initiative (DeRGA). We are currently working on the pilot project to sequence iconic German species along with partners at the West German Genome Center and the Rechenzentrum Köln.
Together with Ann-Marie Waldvogel here in Cologne we are now part of the CRC1211 a research cluster working in the Atacama desert. Along with the nematode taxonomist Oleksandr Holovachov from the Natural History museum in Sweden we will investigate the biodiversity of roundworms in one of the driest places on earth. We will also analyse if asexual species are more successful than sexual ones in extreme environments. Looking at how stressful abiotic conditions influence the speed of evolution we will predict how climate change will affect organisms.
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