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.




  Dr. Richard Fandino (University of South Carolina)
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 1444


  George Obiero
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 1460
  Jin Zhang
Phone: +49 (0)3641 57 1413