Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Sebastian Fraune


Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
Institute of Zoology and Organismic Interactions


2005 – 2009
Dissertation at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Zoological Institute, (supervised by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Bosch), Title: Towards understanding a holobiont: Host-microbe interaction in Hydra; “summa cum laude”

1999 – 2005
Diploma in Biology (Microbiology, Limnology, Toxicology), Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Germany

Research Experience/Academic Appointments

Since 2019
Professor for Zoology and Organismic Interactions (W2), Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf

2013 – 2018
Independent junior research group leader at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, Zoological Institute

2009 – 2013
Postdoctoral Fellow, Zoological Institute, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany, group of Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Thomas Bosch

Important Scientific Prizes/Functions

Since 2013
Editorial service for scientific journal: Frontiers in Microbial Symbiosis – Associate Editor

Since 2012
Referee service for scientific journals: Nature Communications, PNAS, ISMEJ, eLife, Environmental Microbiology, BMC Genomics, PLoS ONE, Marine Biology, Bioessays, Frontiers in Microbial Symbiosis

Awards: Poster Prize, Gordon Research Conference Antimicrobial Peptides in Innate Immunity – New Insights on an Ancient System

Travel grant to participate at the 2nd ASM Conference on Beneficial Microbes, San Diego (USA)

Associated Research Groups

Institutions & Partners

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