Postdoctoral Research Fellow
I am an EMBO postdoctoral fellow and have joined the Hurst lab in September 2015. I will be using experimental evolution and genomic approaches to investigate the establishment and evolution of insect-microbe symbioses, using Drosophila/Spiroplasma as model system. My previous work was focused on distribution patterns and phylogenomics of Wolbachia.
Further information regarding my research interests can be found on my blog: http://www.michaelgerth.net/
Glowska E., Dragun-Damian A., Dabert M., Gerth M. (2014): New Wolbachia supergroups detected in quill mites (Acari: Syringophilidae). Infection, Genetics and Evolution 30: 104-146
Gerth M., Gansauge M.-T., Weigert A. and Bleidorn C. (2014): Phylogenomic analyses uncover origin and spread of the Wolbachia pandemic. Nature Communications 5: 5117
Gerth M., Röthe J., Bleidorn C. (2013): Tracing horizontal Wolbachia movements among bees (Anthophila): a combined approach using MLST data and host phylogeny. Molecular Ecology 22: 6149–6162