Olfactory Genes

The gene families encoding odorant receptors in insects exhibit extraordinarily rapid adaptation to changing life styles. This is prompted by the changes in availability and importance of chemical cues, which exert strong pressure in the sense. This rapid adaptation is our main interests, as well as the origin of the different gene families involved. In our work, we focus on several species not commonly used as model organisms of molecular biology, but of profound interest in the context of evolutionary ecology. Additionally, we pursue olfaction in host-targeting in Lepidoptera, also in an evolutionary context. A main focus here is on olfactory functions in tissues that are not classically considered olfactory. Beside the standard molecular biology techniques, we employ next generation sequencing and gene expression analysis as well as heterologous expression systems in our work.

 

 

Project Leader

  Dr. Ewald Grosse-Wilde
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 1408

PostDocs

  Richard Fandino
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 1444
  George Obiero

PhD students

  Christian Klinner
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 1413
  Sarah K├Ârte
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 1456
  Liwei Zhang
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 1412

Students

Tu Anh Nguyen Thi

(Master)

Associated group members

  Martin N. Andersson
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 1452