Ralf Sommer (Germany)

Ralf works in the field of evolutionary developmental biology and developmental genetics. He established the nematode Pristionchus pacificus as model system for integrative studies in evolutionary biology. His lab has published more than 250 publications on this nematode, covering areas from genetics and development to genomics, bioinformatics, ecology and taxonomy. Currently, his research focuses on the origin and evolution of novelty and the significance of developmental plasticity for evolution.


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