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Welcome to the Institute of Molecular Evolution at Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. Our main scientific interests are endosymbiosis, early evolution, the origin of life, cell evolution, genome evolution and compartmentalized energy metabolism with emphasis on chloroplasts, mitochondria, and hydrogenosomes.


17.09.2020 Graduation | Maria Handrich

Maria Handrich successfully finished her doctorate with the thesis entitled

"Vergleichende Analyse von Lichtschutzmechanismen in 6 verschiedenen Repräsentanten der Archaeplastida".

Phylogenetic analyses with systematic taxon sampling show that mitochondria branch within Alphaproteobacteria

Nat Ecol Evol (2020)

doi: 10.1038/s41559-020-1239-x

Behind the paper: A call for super caution in phylogenetic studies on the origin of mitochondria

Congratulations to Shijulal Nelson-Sathi, a former PhD Student and Postdoc from our institute, who has been selected as Scientist C (equivalent to Assistant Professor) at the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.  

Older than genes: The acetyl CoA pathway and origins

Front Microbiol 11:817 (2020)

doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2020.00817

28.05.2020 Graduation | Madeline Weiß

Madeline Weiß successfully finished her doctorate with the thesis entitled

"Phylogenetische Analyse prokaryotischer Genome zur Rekonstruktion des letzten gemeinsamen Vorfahrens der Prokaryoten".

Autocatalytic chemical networks at the origin of metabolism

Proc R Soc B 287:20192377 (2020)

doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.2377

Bacterial genes outnumber archaeal genes in eukaryotic genomes

Genome Biol Evol (2020)

doi: 10.1093/gbe/evaa047

02.03.2020 Press | Science

Science published an article about William Martin's latest paper in Nature Ecology and Evolution:

Was this life’s first meal?

A hydrogen-dependent geochemical analogue of primordial carbon and energy metabolism

Nat Ecol Evol (2020)

doi: 10.1038/s41559-020-1125-6

Physiological limits to life in anoxic subseafloor sediment

FEMS Microbiol Rev (2020)

doi: 10.1093/femsre/fuaa004

28.01.2020 Graduation | Martina Preiner

Martina Preiner successfully finished her doctorate with the thesis entitled

"The abiotic pattern of biotic CO2 fixation in early metabolism".

18.12.2019 Press | Die Zeit

Die Zeit, a German national weekly newspaper, published an article about Bill Martin's research on the Origin of Life and LUCA, the last universal common ancestor:

Der Beginn des Lebens

Web of Science, a database that provides citation data for many different academic disciplines, honors William Martin as "Highly Cited Researcher" due to his widely cited scientific publications.

Website: Web of Science Group

William Martins papers at Web of Science

Another analyses platform for citations is Google Scholar: Profiles for Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf.

The Rheinpfalz am Sonntag, a German language regional newspaper, published an article about William Martin's latest paper in Trends in Plant Science:

Und die Erde war wüst und leer

26.09.2019 Award | Sven Gould

Sven Gould wins the FEBS National Lecture Award at the HDBMB 2019 Conference, September 25–28 2019, Lovran (Croatia).

26.08.2019 Press

Overview of attention for William Martin's article published in Trends in Plant Science, August 2019.

The Yorkshire Post, a daily newspaper published in Leeds (England), published an article about William Martin's latest paper in Trends in Plant Science:

Early life on Earth 'limited by enzyme'

22.08.2019 Press | Phys.org

Phys.org, a science, research and technology news reader, published an article about William Martin's latest paper in Trends in Plant Science:

Early life on Earth limited by enzyme

Nitrogenase inhibition limited oxygenation of Earth's proterozoic atmosphere

Trends Plant Sci (2019)

doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2019.07.007

Adaptation to life on land at high O2 via transition from ferredoxin- to NADH-dependent redox balance

Proc Biol Sci 286: 20191491 (2019)

doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1491

Westdeutsche Zeitung, one of the largest German regional daily newspaper in North Rhine-Westphalia, published an article about William Martin and the VW grant awarded to him:

Uni erforscht, wie Leben auf der Erde entstehen konnte

Rheinische Post, a major German regional daily newspaper, published an article about William Martin and the VW grant awarded to him.

Die gute Nachricht: 1,5 Millionen für Uni-Forschung

The VolkswagenStiftung will support Prof. Dr. William F. Martin in the next five years under the initiative "Life – A fresh scientific approach to the basic principles of life".

This project is in cooperation with PD Dr. Harun Tüysüz (Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany) and Prof. Dr. Joseph Moran (Université de Strasbourg, Insitut de Science et d'Ingénierie supramoléculaires, Laboratory of Chemical Catalysis, France).

Project title: "Forming catalysts: A basic principle of deep chemistry, life chemistry and life"

Carbon-metal bonds: Rare and primordial in metabolism

Trends Biochem Sci (2019)

doi: 10.1016/j.tibs.2019.04.010

Archaeal histone contributions to the origin of eukaryotes

Trends Microbiol (2019)

doi: 10.1016/j.tim.2019.04.002

Energy metabolism in anaerobic eukaryotes and Earth's late oxygenation

Free Radic Biol Med (2019)

doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2019.03.030

Welt am Sonntag (German for World on Sunday), a German Sunday newspaper, published an article about Bill Martin and his research on the origin of life.

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Prof. Dr. William F. Martin

Molekulare Evolution
Universitätsstraße 1
Gebäude: 26.13
Etage/Raum: 01.34
Tel.: +49 211 81-13011


Renate Bode

Gebäude: 26.13
Etage/Raum: 01.36
Tel.: +49 211 81-14932
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