Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. John Baines

Vita

Education/Training

2000 – 2004
PhD work at the LMU Munich under supervision of Prof. Wolfgang Stephan:
“Empirical approaches to detecting the action of natural selection in Drosophila”

1998 – 2000
Master of Science, Biology, University of Rochester, New York, USA

1994 – 1998
Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry, University of Maryland College Park, USA


Research Experience/Academic Appointments

Since 2016
W3 Professor and Leader of Section of Evolutionary Medicine, Institute for Experimental Medicine, CAU Kiel

Since 2009
Guest Group Leader, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön

2009 – 2016
W2 Professor, Evolutionary Genomics, Institute for Experimental Medicine, CAU Kiel

2005 – 2009
Group Leader, Department of Evolutionary Biology, LMU Munich

2004 – 2005
Postdoc, Institute of Genetics, University of Cologne in the group of Prof. Diethard Tautz


Important Scientific Prizes/Functions

Since 2012
Coordinator of study area “Evolutionary Medicine” within the Kiel Medical Faculty Master Program “Medical Life Sciences”

Since 2011
Member of Steering Committee, Excellence Cluster “Inflammation at Interfaces”

Since 2010
Faculty Member, International Max Planck Research School in Evolutionary Biology

2016
Awarded Schleswig-Holstein Excellence Chair

Research

Publications

2019

FeaturedComparative analysis of amplicon and metagenomic sequencing methods reveals key features in the evolution of animal metaorganisms

Rausch P, Rühlemann M, Hermes BM, Doms S, Dagan T, Dierking K, Domin H, Fraune S, von Frieling J, Hentschel U, Heinsen F-A, Höppner M, Jahn MT, Jaspers C, Kissoyan KAB, Langfeldt D, Rehman A, Reusch TBH, Roeder T, Schmitz RA, Schulenburg H, Soluch R, Sommer F, Stukenbrock E, Weiland-Bräuer N, Rosenstiel P, Franke A, Bosch T, Baines JF (2019) Microbiome, doi: 10.1186/s40168-019-0743-1

FeaturedNeutrality 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

FeaturedSequence and cultivation study of Muribaculaceae reveals novel species, host preference, and functional potential of this yet undescribed family

Lagkouvardos I, Lesker TR, Hitch TCA, Gálvez EJC, Smit N, Neuhaus K, Wang J, Baines JF, Abt B, Stecher B, Overmann J, Strowig T, Clavel T. (2019) Microbiome 7(1):28. doi: 10.1186/s40168-019-0637-2

2018

Gut dysbiosis with Bacilli dominance and accumulation of fermentation products precedes late-onset sepsis in preterm infants.

Graspeuntner S, Waschina S, Künzel S, Twisselmann N, Rausch TK, Cloppenborg-Schmidt K, Zimmermann J, Viemann D, Herting E, Göpel W, Baines JF, Kaleta C, Rupp J, Härtel C, Pagel J (2018) Clin Infect Dis. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy882

Exposure to the gut microbiota drives distinct methylome and transcriptome changes in intestinal epithelial cells during postnatal development

Pan WH, Sommer F, Falk-Paulsen M, Ulas T, Best P, Fazio A, Kachroo P, Luzius A, Jentzsch M, Rehman A, Müller F, Lengauer T, Walter J, Künzel S, Baines JF, Schreiber S, Franke A, Schultze JL, Bäckhed F, Rosenstiel P (2018) Genome Med. 10(1):27. doi: 10.1186/s13073-018-0534-5.

Low-level mitochondrial heteroplasmy modulates DNA replication, glucose metabolism and lifespan in mice.

Hirose M, Schilf P, Gupta Y, Zarse K, Künstner A, Fähnrich A, Busch H, Yin J, Wright MN, Ziegler A, Vallier M, Belheouane M, Baines JF, Tautz D, Johann K, Oelkrug R, Mittag J, Lehnert H, Othman A, Jöhren O, Schwaninger M, Prehn C, Adamski J, Shima K, Rupp J, Häsler R, Fuellen G, Köhling R, Ristow M, Ibrahim SM (2018); Sci Rep. 8(1):5872. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-24290-6

Exposure to the gut microbiota drives distinct methylome and transcriptome changes in intestinal epithelial cells during postnatal development.

Pan WH, Sommer F, Falk-Paulsen M, Ulas T, Best P, Fazio A, Kachroo P, Luzius A, Jentzsch M, Rehman A, Müller F, Lengauer T, Walter J, Künzel S, Baines JF, Schreiber S, Franke A, Schultze JL, Bäckhed F, Rosenstiel P (2018); Genome Med. 10(1):27. doi: 10.1186/s13073-018-0534-5

The evolution of ecological facilitation within mixed-species biofilms in the mouse gastrointestinal tract.

Lin XB, Wang T, Stothard P, Corander J, Wang J, Baines JF, Knowles SCL, Baltrūnaitė L, Tasseva G, Schmaltz R, Tollenaar S, Cody LA, Grenier T, Wu W, Ramer-Tait AE, Walter J (2018); ISME J. doi: 10.1038/s41396-018-0211-0

2017

Application of the distance-based F test in an mGWAS investigating β diversity of intestinal microbiota identifies variants in SLC9A8 (NHE8) and 3 other loci.

Rühlemann M C, Degenhardt F, Thingholm L B, Wang J, Skiecevičienė J, Rausch P, Hov J R, Lieb W, Karlsen T H, Laudes M, Baines J F, Heinsen F A, Franke A (2017); Gut Microbes., 8:55. doi: 10.1080/19490976.2017.1356979

2016

FeaturedGenome-wide association analysis identifies variation in vitamin D receptor and other host factors influencing the gut microbiota.

Wang J, Thingholm L B, Skiecevičienė J, Rausch P, Kummen M, Hov J R, Degenhardt F, Heinsen F A, Rühlemann M C, Szymczak S, Holm K, Esko T, Sun J, Pricop-Jeckstadt M, Al-Dury S, Bohov P, Bethune J, Sommer F, Ellinghaus D, Berge R K, Hübenthal M, Koch M, Schwarz K, Rimbach G, Hübbe P, Pan W H, Sheibani-Tezerji R, Häsler R, Rosenstiel P, D’Amato M, Cloppenborg-Schmidt K, Künzel S, Laudes M, Marschall H U, Lieb W, Nöthlings U, Karlsen T H, Baines J F, Franke A (2016); Nat Genet., 48(11):1396-1406. doi: 10.1038/ng.3695