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Welcome to the Institute of Molecular Evolution at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. Our main scientific interests are endosymbiosis, early evolution, the origin of life, cell evolution, genome evolution and compartmentalized energy metabolism with emphasis on chloroplasts, mitochondria, and hydrogenosomes.


17.09.2020 Graduation | Maria Handrich

Maria Handrich successfully finished her doctorate with the thesis entitled

"Vergleichende Analyse von Lichtschutzmechanismen in 6 verschiedenen Repräsentanten der Archaeplastida".

Phylogenetic analyses with systematic taxon sampling show that mitochondria branch within Alphaproteobacteria

Nat Ecol Evol (2020)

doi: 10.1038/s41559-020-1239-x

Behind the paper: A call for super caution in phylogenetic studies on the origin of mitochondria

Congratulations to Shijulal Nelson-Sathi, a former PhD Student and Postdoc from our institute, who has been selected as Scientist C (equivalent to Assistant Professor) at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.  

Older than genes: The acetyl CoA pathway and origins

Front Microbiol 11:817 (2020)

doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.00817

28.05.2020 Graduation | Madeline Weiß

Madeline Weiß successfully finished her doctorate with the thesis entitled

"Phylogenetische Analyse prokaryotischer Genome zur Rekonstruktion des letzten gemeinsamen Vorfahrens der Prokaryoten".

Autocatalytic chemical networks at the origin of metabolism

Proc R Soc B 287:20192377 (2020)

doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2377

Bacterial genes outnumber archaeal genes in eukaryotic genomes

Genome Biol Evol (2020)

doi: 10.1093/gbe/evaa047

02.03.2020 Press | Science

Science published an article about William Martin's latest paper in Nature Ecology and Evolution:

Was this life’s first meal?

A hydrogen-dependent geochemical analogue of primordial carbon and energy metabolism

Nat Ecol Evol (2020)

doi: 10.1038/s41559-020-1125-6

Physiological limits to life in anoxic subseafloor sediment

FEMS Microbiol Rev (2020)

doi: 10.1093/femsre/fuaa004

28.01.2020 Graduation | Martina Preiner

Martina Preiner successfully finished her doctorate with the thesis entitled

"The abiotic pattern of biotic CO2 fixation in early metabolism".

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Prof. Dr. William F. Martin
Molekulare Evolution
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