Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. John Baines



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

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

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




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


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