Environmental Stress and Gene Regulation

Our research interests focus on molecular regulation mechanisms, which are activated upon environmental stress in invertebrates, specifically earthworms. Earthworms are of major ecological importance as the main fertilizers of soil and have been used in a variety of studies as a sentinel organism. Metallothioneins (MTs) are key players in the molecular stress response and we focus on analyzing specific gene activation mechanisms as well as on general signaling pathways that are involved in coordinating those cellular processes. We are moreover interested if and how terrestrial invertebrates are able to adapt to changing environmental conditions.

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Different organization levels ranging from the molecular level to the physiology of the organism are used to tackle these scientific questions applying molecular, physiological and –OMICS approaches.


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