Silke Allmann

WG1 Leader
University of Amsterdam
I have been trained, at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, as a so-called ‘genome-enabled field biologist’ by combining molecular genetic tools with field work. I consider my research to be at the intersection of molecular biology, biochemistry, ecology, evolution, physiology, genetics, and insect-behaviour. My overarching research theme concerns the question how antagonistic interactions, like those between plants and herbivores or predators and their prey, can often persist over long time scales. I realized that, if I want to understand how such destructive interaction can persist, integrating molecular biology and ecology can deliver new answers. Currently I work as an Assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam in the Plant Physiology department.