MSc Student (2011)



Behavioural and molecular analysis of pathogen infection in ants

I was interested in the behavioural and physiological changes that occur in ant workers following pathogen infection. As pathogens multiply in the host during an infection, individuals show “disease behavior” such as stopping to feed or becoming sluggish. At the early stage of an infection, however, they may become particularly active in behavioural disease defences such as increased selfgrooming, and show increased immune gene expression leading to production of antimicrobial peptides. I investigated changes in behaviour as well as in physiology of ants after pathogen exposure by performing functional immune assays and quantitative real-time PCR analyses.


2014                Hehr laboratory, Regensburg


2011                Master Thesis, IST Austria

2009-2011      Master of Science, University of Regensburg, Germany


2006-2009      Bachelor of Science, University of Regensburg, Germany