Doctoral Student at the Institute for Insect Biotechnology, University of Giessen

I am interested in plant-herbivore interactions, mainly in the uptake and use of plant toxins by herbivorous insects (i.e. sequestration). Specifically, I investigate the mechanisms underlying sequestration of cardiac glycosides (cardenolides) in milkweed bugs (Lygaeinae). In the course of my PhD project, I will try to understand the mechanisms and the evolution of these physiological processes by using various methods, including feeding assays and chemical analyses.

Experience

  • –present
    Doctoral Student in Institute for Insect Biotechnology, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Professional Memberships

  • International Society of Chemical Ecology, Inc. (ISCE)