Principal Investigator, Speaker

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Thomas C.G. Bosch



1988 – 1993
Research Assistant, Zoological Institute, University of Munich

1986 – 1988
Post-Doc – Feodor Lynen fellow of Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation at the Developmental Biology Center, University of California, Irvine, USA

1983 – 1986
Doctoral student, Zoological Institute, University of Munich

1976 – 1983
Study of Biology at University of Munich, Germany, and University College Swansea, UK.

Research Experience/Academic Appointments

2013 – 2017
Head/Director, Interdisciplinary Centre “Kiel Life Science” (KLS)

2010 – 2013
Vice President of Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel

since 2000
Professor (C4) „Allgemeine Zoologie“ at the Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel

1997 -1999
Professor (C3) „Spezielle Zoologie“ at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena

1993 -1997
Junior Faculty (Oberassistent, Privatdozent C2), Zoological Institute, University of Munich

Important Scientific Prizes

Koshland Lecture Award, University of Chicago, USA

Carl-Friedrich-von-Siemens Foundation Lecture, Munich

De Bary Lecture, University of Vienna

Doctor „honoris causa“ from St. Petersburg State University, Russia

Honorary Professorship State University St. Petersburg, Russia

Feodor Lynen Fellowship

Important Scientific Functions

Vice-Président de la Conferences Jacques Monod “Comparative Biology of Aging”

2015 – 2016
Deputy President Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft e.V. (DZG)

2013 – 2017
Spokesperson, interdisciplinary research centre Kiel Life Science (KLS) at Kiel University

2014 – 2015
Vice President The Society of Developmental Biology

since 2013
Member Advisory Board, Old Herborn University Foundation

2010 – 2013
Vice President of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel

2006 – 2011
Member of Executive Committee DFG Exzellenzcluster „The Future Ocean“(2006 – 2011)

since 2008
Member of the DFG Exzellenzcluster Future Ocean Cluster Council

since 2007
Member of Steering Committee DFG Exzellenzcluster „Inflammation at Interfaces“

2002 – 2009
Deputy Spokeperson of the CRC 617„Molecular mechanisms of epithelial defense“

Service For Research Foundations (National, International)

2015 – 2019
Member, Scientific Advisory Board for Program Evaluation of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation

2012 – 2015
Elected member of DFG Review Board 203 Zoology (DFG-Fachkollegium 203).
Elected Deputy speaker of Fachkollegium

Member, Selection Committee International Prize for Biology JSPS, Tokyo

2006 – 2014
Member / Deputy chair selection committee of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation to award the Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship




Neutrality in the metaorganism

Sieber M, Pita L, Weiland-Bräuer N, Dirksen P, Wang J, Mortzfeld B, Franzenburg S, Schmitz RA, Baines JF, Fraune S, Hentschel U, Schulenburg H, Bosch TCG, Traulsen A (2019) PLoS Biol., DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000298

Transgenesis in Hydra to characterize gene function and visualize cell behaviour.

Klimovich A, Wittlieb J, Bosch TCG (2019) Nat. Protoc., 1-24. doi: 10.1038/s41596-019-0173-3

The microbiome mediates environmental effects on ageing

Finlay B, Pettersson S, Melby M, Bosch TCG (2019) BioEssays, 1800257, 1-7; doi: 10.1002/bies.201800257

Evolutionary “experiments” in symbiosis: the study of model animals provides insights into the mechanisms underlying diversity of host-microbe interactions

Bosch TCG, Guillemin K, McFall-Ngai M (2019) BioEssays, 1800256 (1-8). doi: 10.1002/bies.201800256

Exposure of the host-associated microbiome to nutrient-rich conditions may lead to dysbiosis and disease development – an evolutionary perspective.

Lachnit T, Bosch TCG, Deines P (2019) mBio (Opinion article); 10:3, e00355-19, 1-8, doi: 10.1128/mBio.00355-19

Bdellovibrio and like organisms are predictors of microbiome diversity across diverse host groups.

Johnke J, Fraune S, Bosch TCG, Hentschel U, Schulenburg H (2019) Microbial Ecology DOI: 10.1007/s00248-019-01395-7

Resolving structure and function of metaorganisms through a holistic framework 2 combining reductionist and integrative approaches

Jaspers C, Fraune S, Consortium of Australian Academy of Science Boden Research Conference Participants, Arnold AE, Miller DJ, Bosch TCG, Voolstra CR (2019) Zoology. doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2019.02.007


Metabolic co-dependence drives the evolutionarily ancient Hydra-Chlorella symbiosis.

Hamada M, Schröder K, Bathia J, Kürn U, Fraune S, Khalturina M, Khalturin K, Shinzato C, Satoh N, Bosch TC (2018); Elife 7. pii: e35122. doi: 10.7554/eLife.35122

Grow With the Challenge – Microbial Effects on Epithelial Proliferation, Carcinogenesis, and Cancer Therapy

Von Frieling J, Fink C, Hamm J, Klischies K, Forster M, Thomas C. G. Bosch TCG, Roeder T, P Rosenstiel P, Sommer F (2018); Front. Microbiol. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.02020

Non-senescent Hydra tolerates severe disturbances in the nuclear lamina.

Klimovich A, Rehm A, Wittlieb J, Herbst EM, Benavente R, Bosch TCG (2018); Aging (Albany NY) 10(5):951-972. doi: 10.18632/aging.101440

Rethinking the Role of the Nervous System: Lessons From the Hydra Holobiont.

Klimovich AV, Bosch TCG (2018); Bioessays 40(9):e1800060. doi: 10.1002/bies.201800060

Carrying capacity and colonization dynamics of Curvibacter in the Hydra host habitat

Wein T, Dagan T, Fraune S, Bosch TCG, Reusch TBH and Hülter NF (2018) Front. Microbiol.

Stem cell transcription factor FoxO controls microbiome resilience in Hydra.

Mortzfeld B M, Taubenheim J,Fraune S, Klimovich A V, Bosch T C G (2018); Front Microbiol., doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2018.00629

Metaorganisms in extreme environments: do microbes play a role in organismal adaptation?

Bang C, Dagan T, Deines P, Dubilier N, Duschl W J, Fraune S, Hentschel U, Hirt H, Hülter N, Lachnit T, Picazo D, Galan P L, Pogoreutz C, Rädecker N, Saad M M, Schmitz R A, Schulenburg H, Voolstra C R, Weiland-Bräuer N, Ziegler M, Bosch T C G (2018); Zoology, doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2018.02.004

How the microbiome challenges our concept of self.

Rees T, Bosch T G C, Douglas A E (2018); PloS Biol., 16(2):e2005358. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2005358


Temperate phages as self-replicating weapons in bacterial competition.

Li XY, Lachnit T, Fraune S, Bosch T C G, Traulsen A, Sieber M (2017); J R Soc Interface, 14(137). doi: 10.1098/rsif.2017.0563

Spontaneous body contractions are modulated by the microbiome of Hydra.

Murillo-Rincon A P, Klimovich A, Pemöller E, Taubenheim J, Mortzfeld B, Augustin R, Bosch T C G (2017); Scientific Reports, 7(15937). doi:10.1038/s41598-017-16191-x

FeaturedA secreted antibacterial neuropeptide shapes the microbiome of Hydra.

Augustin R, Schröder K, Murillo Rincón A P, Fraune S, Anton-Erxleben F, Herbst E M, Wittlieb J, Schwentner M, Grötzinger J, Wassenaar T M, Bosch T C G (2017); Nat Commun., 8(1):698. doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-00625-1


The Origin of Mucosal Immunity: Lessons from the Holobiont Hydra.

Schröder K, Bosch T C (2016); MBio., 7(6):e01184-16. doi: 10.1128/mBio.01184-16

Transitioning from Microbiome Composition to Microbial Community Interactions: The Potential of the Metaorganism Hydra as an Experimental Model.

Deines P, Bosch T C G (2016); Front. Microbiol., 7:1610. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.01610