Biosystematics, informatics and genomics of the big 4 insect groups: training tomorrow's researchers and entrepreneurs

Janina Lisa Kypke

Janina is a PhD student at the Natural History Museum of Denmark at the University of Copenhagen. Her project, "Integrating fossils and recent taxa in the study of rove beetles systematics", focusses on the reconstruction of the basal phylogeny of rove beetles (Staphylinidae) using molecular data, morphological traits as well as fossil records and is supervised by Alexey Solodovnikov and post doc Dagmara Zyla, with co-supervision from Fredrik Ronquist at Stokholm.

Janina is from Germany and completed her BSc studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin. For her thesis she conducted a molecular analysis of the circadian clock genes testing the effect of artificial light on Culex pipiens f. molestus (Diptera, Culicidae) at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), Berlin. Janina subsequently stayed in the research group of Dr. Michael Monaghan in a research assistant position. During an Erasmus Mundus Master in Applied Ecology she visited the University of Poitiers (France), University of Quito (Ecuador), University of Coimbra (Portugal) and the University of East Anglia (UK), where she completed her MSc. thesis. Under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Cock van Oosterhout, she investigated the role of hybridization on the evolution of yellow rust using a newly developed recombination detection software.

As an ecologist, Janina enjoys fieldwork and to be in nature, also for leisure time activities, e.g. climbing. Concerning the BIG4 project she is excited to learn more about the evolution of rove beetles, develop NGS protocols on non-model species like Staphylinidae and enhance her bioinformatics skillset.

Read more about Janina's project: "Integrating fossils and recent taxa in the study of rove beetles systematics"

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