LOEWE Center for
Insect Biotechnology
& Bioresources

Phillipp Kirfel


PhD student

Phone: +49 641 972-19276

Email: phillipp.kirfel@ime.fraunhofer.de

Room: 776

Building: HBR58


since 04/2016 PhD-Student at Fraunhofer Institute IME

Master of Science in Human Biology at Philipps-University Marburg

Master Thesis: "Analysis of 2'-O-methylated ribonucleotides depending on the activity of the methyltransferase Fibrillarin and characterization of 2'-O-methylationsides in the Influenza genome"

Bachelor of Science in Biology at Georg-August-University in Göttingen

Bachelor Thesis: "Analysis of six3.1, six3.2 and sine oculis (so) in head development of the common greenhouse spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum"

Research Interests

  • Evolution and Developmental Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • development of sustainable products / ecotoxicology


Skaljac M, Kirfel P, Grotmann J, Vilcinskas A (2018) Fitness costs of infection with Serratia symbiotica are associated with greater susceptibility to insecticides in the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum. Pest management science, 74 (8) , 1829-1836.
Luna-Ramirez K, Skaljac M, Grotmann J, Kirfel P, Vilcinskas A (2017) Orally Delivered Scorpion Antimicrobial Peptides Exhibit Activity against Pea Aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum) and Its Bacterial Symbionts. Toxins, 9 (9)
Schomburg C, Turetzek N, Schacht MI, Schneider J, Kirfel P, Prpic NM, Posnien N (2015) Molecular characterization and embryonic origin of the eyes in the common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum. EvoDevo, 6 (15) , 1–13.