MPI-CE Faculty

Researchers in this group isolate and characterize the genes and enzymes involved in plant defense biosynthesis in woody plants and grasses. They also develop tools to manipulate defensive phenotypes to understand their costs and benefits. More recently, they have also analyzed how herbivores and pathogens metabolize plant defense compounds and identified enzymes and genes involved in detoxification. more
The members of this department study odor-directed behavior and its underlying neurobiological substrates in sphingid moths and drosophilid flies. Their main objective is to understand the evolution of olfactory functions in an ecological context. The complete neuroethological chain of events is studied from single molecules and genes to neurons and on to whole organism responses, also increasingly relying on genome editing techniques (CrispCas9). more
Researchers in this department elucidate and engineer specialized plant metabolism to understand the biosynthesis of complex molecules. Additionally, they develop platforms that allow fast and inexpensive production of these compounds, as well as platforms to produce unnatural variants of these products for biomedical applications. more
The research in this department focuses on the evolutionary origins, ecological implications, and the chemical and molecular basis of insect interactions with mutualistic microbes, with antagonists and the insects’ food plants using a variety of insect systems. more
Dr. Sachse’s “Olfactory Coding” group focuses on dissecting neural circuits that are involved in coding, processing and perception of odors in Drosophila using neurophysiological, molecular and behavioral methods. more
Dr. Rowlands group studies how variability in defense of prey can lead to changes in warning color display and predator response using a variety of bird and insect systems. more
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