Congratulations, Sebastian!

Sebastian Fraune was awarded a three year grant from the HUMAN FRONTIER SCIENCE PROGRAM (HFSP).

FrauneIn the project “Beyond the genome: impact of microbial communities and epigenetic regulations for adaptation” Sebastian Fraune and his collaborators Dr. Adam Reitzel (USA) and Dr. Sylvain Foret (Australia) aim to determine the combinatorial effect of genome polymorphism, epigenetic regulation and the microbiome in holobiont thermal acclimation using the model species Nematostella vectensis.

Thomas Bosch named CIFAR Fellow

CIFARRecently, the ongoing study of microorganisms and their relationship to the animal and human body has raised questions about the fundamental mechanisms involved in these interactions. Thomas Bosch, whose work engages with questions of how organisms have evolved and are functioning as metaorganisms, has recently been named a Senior Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR). Bosch will be working on CIFAR’s Humans and the Microbiome program, which will meet regularly to discuss the reciprocal influence between humans and microbes. The Humans and The Microbiome program at CIFAR engages with questions that have major implications for the future of health care.
CIFAR’s mission is to bring together interdisciplinary groups of researchers from around the world to engage with questions that have potential impacts on society, government and business. The organization is comprised of 350 fellows from more than 115 institutions across 17 countries.

Bosch lab retreat at Noer Castle

February 18/19th 2016 : The Bosch lab retreat at Noer Castle was a great success!

The objective of the retreat  was to have some quality time together to review our current research approaches, to learn together, have fun and support each other. Invited evening speaker Natacha Kremer from the University of Lyon, France, inspired us with her talk on “Rapid evolution of symbiotic interactions in response to stress”.  P1080103P1080085P1080132b - KopieP1080130 - KopieP1080109P1080118P1080126

Coming soon: “The Holobiont Imperative”

Written by Thomas C.G. Bosch and David J. Miller, this book examines how the growing knowledge of animal-bacterial interactions, whether in shared ecosystems or intimate symbioses, is fundamentally altering our understanding of animal biology. This new view may have profound impact on understanding a strictly microbe/symbiont-dependent life style and its evolutionary consequences. The scope of this book is best described as an attempt to understand animal evolution in terms of symbiotic interactions and in light of the realization that we animals are intruders that have evolved within a microbial world.

Science Pub at Weinbar Idéal

Das Individuum als Metaorganismus: Neue Perspektiven für Biologie und Medizin

by Prof. Thomas Bosch

The MGSE acts as co-organizer of a Science sciencepubPub to quench the thirst for knowledge of Münster’s citizens. It brings together scientists and the public for easy-to-understand presentations and thought-provoking discussions combined with food and drinks in an informal atmosphere. The overall aim is to promote understanding of and enthusiasm for science in the public. At the same time, researchers get the chance to receive feedback from a diverse audience and get people excited about their work outside the lab.

Congratulations, Tim!

Tim Lachnit GrantThe VolkswagenStiftung has awarded Postdoc Tim Lachnit a major grant to study  “Bacteriophages, the so far neglected part of our immune system”.

Collaborative Research Center 1182 funded

logo-enThe Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has decided to fund a new Collaborative Research Center (CRC 1182 /SFB 1182 ) on “Origin and Function of Metaorganisms”. Principal investigator and coordinator Thomas Bosch and his colleagues in North Germany will use the 10 million Euro to explore the multi-organismic interactions in plants, animals and humans.SFB_1182_Members
Original press release from Kiel-University

Kiel Life Science

KLS_LOGOThe newly founded interdisciplinary centre for applied life sciences – Kiel Life Science (KLS) – links up research from the fields of agricultural and nutritional sciences, the natural sciences and medicine at Kiel University. With Thomas Bosch as coordinator and Stefan Schreiber as co-coordinator, KLS forms one of four research foci at Kiel University. KLS wants to achieve a better understanding of the cellular and molecular processes with which organisms respond to environmental influences. This covers a  broad spectrum from how agricultural crop plants adapt to specific growth conditions, or how, in the interaction of genes, individual lifestyle and environmental factors, illnesses can arise. Within this framework, health is always viewed holistically in the evolutionary context.

Die Herrscher der Welt

April 10. 2015Keep on top of what’s new in the world of metaorganisms, with Bernhard Kegel´s new book (so far in German only). The book serves as an excellent introduction into the emerging new research field “Environmental Genomics” and the role of microbes in health and disease. Kegel´s book also covers the studies done in the Hydra metaorganism over the last few years.