Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Hinrich Schulenburg



1996 – 2000
PhD degree at Cambridge University, UK

1991 – 1996
Studies in Biology, Bielefeld University and Cambridge University, UK

1979 – 1988
Secondary School in Bielefeld

1975 – 1979
Primary School in Leopoldshöhe

Research Experience/Academic Appointments

since 2008
Professor in Zoology (W3), Christian-Albrechts University Kiel

2005 – 2008
Research scientist, Eberhard-Karls University Tübingen

2000 – 2005
Research assistant, Westphalian Wilhelms-University Münster

Important Scientific Prizes/Functions


since 2014
Member of the founding committee of an Evolution Center at CAU Kiel

since 2014
Director of the new Master curriculum on Molecular Biology and Evolution at CAU Kiel

since 2014
Member of the steering committee of the CAU research focus Kiel Life Science

since 2013
Secretary of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology

since 2013
Acting managing director of the Zoological Institute, Kiel

since 2013
Editorial board of Zoology

Offer and rejection of a W3 professorship at Leipzig University

2010 – 2014
Associate editor for BMC Evolutionary Biology

since 2010
Spokesperson of the International Max-Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology at CAU Kiel (together with Diethard Tautz)

since 2009
Vice-speaker of the DFG priority program SPP 1399 Host-parasite coevolution

2006 – 2007
Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin




The Caenorhabditis elegans Proteome Response to Naturally Associated Microbiome Members of the Genus Ochrobactrum.

Cassidy L, Petersen C, Treitz C, Dierking K, Schulenburg H, Leippe M, Tholey A. (2018); Proteomics. 18(8):e1700426. doi: 10.1002/pmic.201700426

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


The Natural Biotic Environment of Caenorhabditis elegans.

Schulenburg H, Félix M A (2017); Genetics., 206(1):55-86. doi: 10.1534/genetics.116.195511

The Natural Biotic Environment of Caenorhabditis elegans.

Schulenburg H, Félix M A (2017); Genetics., 206(1):55-86. doi: 10.1534/genetics.116.195511

Caenorhabditis elegans as a model for microbiome research.

Zhang F, Berg M, Dierking K, Félix M A, Shapira M, Samuel B, Schulenburg H (2017); Front. Microbiol., 8:485. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.00485


Antimicrobial effectors in the nematode C. elegans – an outgroup to the Arthropoda.

Dierking K, Yang W, Schulenburg H (2016); Phil Trans R Soc Lond B., 371. doi:

The native microbiome of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans: Gateway to a new host-microbiome model.

Dirksen P, Marsh SA, Braker I, Heitland N, Wagner S, Nakad R, Mader S, Petersen C, Kowallik V, Rosenstiel P C, Felix M A, Schulenburg H (2016); BMC Biology, 14:38. doi:10.1186/s12915-016-0258-1