Running Projects


WDFY3/Bchs molecular pathways and involvement in brain size

Started in March 2021

Mutants of WDFY3/Bchs can affect brain size and cause a moderate neurodevelopmental disorder. To understand the underlying molecular mechanism we will create Drosophila mutants, which we will molecularly and morphologically characterize.

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Mechanisms of lipid accummulation

Started in August 2021

As part of the Collaborative Research Center 1052 funded by DFG at the University of Leipzig we are working towards a better understanding of lipid accummulation mechanisms. We joined efforts with Dr. Antje Garten's group and we are using lipomas as model for lipid accummulation. At the same time we are collecting data on patients with PTEN germline variants who develop lipomas and adipose tissue redistriution. Our group aims to develop methods that allow the integration of a comparative genomics framework for a better genotype-phenotype association and identification of novel genes involved in lipid accummulation.


Multiple seqeunce alignment cleaner

Started in September 2021

Multiple Sequence Alignments (MSAs) are the starting point of molecular evolutionary analyses. We are interested in using the available ca. 150 mammalian genomes to identify selection events and infer genotype-phenotype correlations. Errors in MSAs generate a non-historical and spurious signal. We develop a method to filter out poorly annotated genes.