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BMLS scientist wins PhD award

June 2019. Frederic Strobl from the research group of Ernst Stelzer at the Buchmann Institute of Molecular Life Sciences has been awarded the "Preis der Vereinigung von Freunden und Förderern für den Naturwissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs", which comes with 10 000 Euro of prize money. The award ceremony took place on 25 June 2019.

In his PhD project entitled the „Comparative embryonic morphogenesis of emerging insect model organisms“, Frederic Strobl compared the classic model insect Drosophila melanogaster with other insect species. He conduced his research in Ernst Stelzer's group at the Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences on Riedberg Campus of Goethe University Frankfurt.

Frederic Strobl established three new model insects for morphogenesis research: the Mediterranean fruit fly, the red flour beetle and the two-spotted field cricket. He also developed a non-invasive long-time fluorescence live imaging protocol for light sheet microscopy. By using a new mounting technique, he was able to observe embryogenesis for up to four days along multiple directions, documenting all major embryogenic events continuously in the same specimen. The long-term observations allowed him to find correlations between morphogenetic processes that happen many hours apart, incl. transiently formed structures.

Frederic Strobl also won the BMLS Best PhD Thesis Award 2018 and his work has already resulted in seven publications.


Frederic Strobl, Physical Biology Group, Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences and Institute of Cell Biology & Neuroscience, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, link


Further Information:
Strobl F, Anderl A, Stelzer EHK (2018) A universal vector concept for a direct genotyping of transgenic organisms and a systematic creation of homozygous lines. eLife 7: e31677. http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.31677

Strobl F, Klees S, Stelzer EHK (2017) Light sheet-based fluorescence microscopy of living or fixed and stained Tribolium castaneum embryos. J Vis Exp 122: published online 28 April 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.3791/55629

Strobl F, Ross JA, Stelzer EHK (2017) Non-lethal genotyping of Tribolium castaneum adults using genomic DNA extracted from wing tissue. PLoS One 12: e0182564. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0182564

Strobl F, Schmitz A, Stelzer EHK (2017) Improving your four-dimensional image: traveling through a decade of light-sheet-based fluorescence microscopy research. Nat Protoc 12: 1103-1109. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nprot.2017.028

Strobl F, Stelzer EH (2016) Long-term fluorescence live imaging of Tribolium castaneum embryos: principles, resources, scientific challenges and the comparative approach. Curr Opin Insect Sci 18: 17-26. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cois.2016.08.002

Strobl F, Schmitz A, Stelzer EHK (2015) Live imaging of Tribolium castaneum embryonic development using light-sheet-based fluorescence microscopy. Nat Protoc 10: 1486-1507. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nprot.2015.093

Strobl F, Stelzer EHK (2014) Non-invasive long-term fluorescence live imaging of Tribolium castaneum embryos. Development 141: 2331-2338. http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/dev.108795