Lab 2022


Dr James W. Lightfoot

Max Planck “Free Floater” Group Leader

  • Postdoc: Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Department for Integrative Evolutionary Biology, Tübingen, Germany.

  • PhD: MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, Meiosis Research Group, London, UK.

  • MSc: Molecular Parasitology and Vector Biology, Universities of Salford, Manchester and Keele (UK)

  • BSc: Biochemistry and Microbiology, University of Sheffield, UK.

Güniz Göze Eren

International Max Planck Research School, PhD Student

'I grew up in Antalya and Seferihisar (Turkey), where I started an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics. I then moved to Germany to study my masters degree in Neural and Behavioral Sciences. After working on comparative genomics, developmental and evolutionary neuroscience I came to Bonn to start my PhD on molecular mechanisms of self-recognition and cannibalistic behavior of Pristionchus pacificus. I am interested in the genomic and molecular mechanisms of neural circuits that facilitate innovative behaviours. '

Fumie Hiramatsu

International Max Planck Research School, PhD Student

I’m from Japan, I love fish and worms. Eating and observing, respectively.

Dr Marianne Roca


I got my master degree from the european magisterium of genetics (Paris 7) focusing during my internships on meiotic recombination in S. pombe, gut regeneration and mitotic checkpoint in D. melanogaster. I moved to the laboratoire du développement de Villefranche sur mer to do my thesis in the team of Stefania Castagnetti studying the spindle assembly checkpoint in Phallusia mammillata embryos. I am now thrilled to discover nematodes and study prey behaviours in response to predation in this wonderful team.

Loenard böger

International Max Planck Research School, PhD Student