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‘Meet the Prize Winner’ with the Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award Winner 2020

Max Planck Society, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung | Roberto Bonasio

Ask the award winner!

This year’s Max Planck Humboldt Research Award winner Roberto Bonasio has decoded the genome of the ant species Harpegnathos saltator, found in India, so that it can be used as a model organism to study the effects of epigenetic changes. Adult Harpegnathos workers have the rare ability among ants to transition into so-called pseudo-queens. They behave like real queens, lay eggs and become just as old. Roberto Bonasio and his team can artificially trigger this transformation in the laboratory and thus analyze the changes in the animals’ genetic make-up.

As part of the research cooperation with the University of Freiburg, Roberto Bonasio and neuroscientists at the University of Freiburg will now investigate the restructuring of the brain of individuals who switch between worker and queen status.

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Roberto Bonasio

University of Pennsylvania

Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Roberto Bonasio grew up on Lake Maggiore and initially studied biotechnology at the University at Milan. Following stations at New York University and Harvard, he joined the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been heading his own laboratory since 2014.

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