OUR TEAM
and collaborators
Philipp Schiffer (ORCiD)
Emmy Noether Fellow
Originally from just outside of Cologne, I have now returned here after more than 3 years in beautiful London (until 2019). Being interested in almost anything in evolution, I have become associated with roundworms by chance when planning my PhD-project on the evolution of sex. Since then I am somehow stuck to work on all kinds of vermiform animals, the incredibly diverse nematodes being my focus of course.
In my private life, I do a lot of Aikido, I mean, I DO A LOT OF 合気道. Additionally, I do a bit of rock climbing, outdoor recreation, and love many water sports. Already now I am looking forward to sail the 7 seas on my own boat in the future.
Reading about history, philosophy, politics, or just a good novel complement my free time. Very often you will find me listening to classical music when you come to my home or office, in particular to Wagner or Beethoven. And every now and then I go to the opera or a music rendition.
Postdoc in roundworm EvoDevo
Position filled!
I am delighted to have found an excellent postdoc for my lab. Stay tuned for further details.
Joseph Kirangwa
PhD student
Education and training background in Biomedical Laboratory Technology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics from Makerere University, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm University and University of Skövde respectively.

Originally from Uganda and having enjoyed the gorgeous view of the Baltic Sea and multicultural diversity environment of Stockholm, Sweden (4 years), I have now moved on to join the excellent worm-lab research group as a full time research assistant and a PhD student at the prestigious University of Cologne, Germany. I see it as a spring board for me to launch a dream career take off.

My stellar interests are in uncovering evolutionary developmental constraints on the highly conserved nematode Bauplan using methods such as DNA and RNA sequencing and employing molecular genetic engineering methods for gene knockouts.

I am also passionate about computational analysis of obtained RNA/DNA sequence data as well as streamlining workflows and methodological details both at wet and dry lab stages.

In my free time, I play soccer, go kayaking, jogging in the woods while listening to instrumental music in the background. I also enjoy learning about nature and doing outdoor activities. At home you will find me watching National Geographic.

Equality and Diversity
At the Worm Lab we are fully committed to diversity and gender equality. Come as you are and bring whom you want. We also know how difficult it is to work in a job like ours when having kids. Thus we offer very flexible working models and regardless of their gender, all parents will be encouraged to take parental leave.
Wer Würmer hat ist nie allein.
Friends
Some of the cool people we work with - check out the brilliant stuff they do.
Itai Yanai
We work with the Yanai lab at NYU. Itai Yanai is a pioneer in single cell transcriptome sequencing.
Oleksandr Holovachov
Along with Alex Holovachov in Stockholm we go hunting for nematodes. Alex is on of the leading experts in nematode taxonomy, check out his work here:
Mark Blaxter
Mark Blaxter is a good friend and now leads the Darwin Tree of Life Project, which aims to sequence every single species on the British Isles and in its waters.
Max Telford
We retain close links to Max Telford and his team at UCL to exchange worm stories and work on EvoDevo projects.
Rodrigo Mazorra Blanco
Rodrigo is a computer scientist turned entrepreneur based in London. Being passionate about making this world a better place for all people, we are collaborating on projects to fight parasitic nematodes and repurpose drugs.
Jens Bast
A colleague at the University of Cologne Jens Bast works on the evolution of sex using ancient asexual mites as model system.
Luca Ferretti
Luca is a physicist turned population geneticist and currently works at the University of Oxford. Take a look here and in particular check out the cool stuff he does on virus genomics.
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