Master Theses & State Examinations (Prof. Dr. S. Sommer’s lab, first supervisor theses only)

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  • Johannes Fähnle (2023) Characterization and temporal dynamics of the trace amine-associated receptors in a wild meerkat population. 
  • Vanessa Riegel (2023) Investigating shifts in Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) haplotype diversity and abundance in wild meerkats (Suricata suricatta affected by tuberculosis using high-throughput sequencing.


  • Tatiana Tilley (2021) MHC class II diversity in lineages of an African bat species complex susceptible to coronavirus infection.
  • Thomas Link-Hessing (2021) MHC class II diversity in a Coronavirus-infected African bat species complex.


  • Akbal Ahu (2020) High throughput genotyping of MHC class II loci in South African meerkats suffering from tuberculosis.
  • Ana Sofia Carranco Narvaez (2020) Unveiling the effects of the new fungal disease Fusariosis on the microbiome of the yellow-spotted Amazon river turtle.
  • Andrea Vallejo Vargas (2020) Maintenance of adaptive genetic diversity in a small primate population and its implication for conservation.


  • Fleischer Ramona (2019) The gut microbiome and correlations with MHC supertype occurrence of four endemic mockingbird species on the Galápagos islands.
  • Gunzenhäuser Ruben (2019) Einfluss von Umweltveränderungen und intrinsischen Faktoren auf die Ektoparasitenbelastung von Kleinsäugern im Tieflandregenwald Panamas.
  • Schmitt Andreas (2019) Einfluss von Umweltveränderungen auf das Darmmikrobiom einer neotropischen Nagerart im Tieflandregenwald Panamas.


  • Eibner Georg (2018) Trypanosoma cruzi infection in small mammals inhabiting neotropical landscapes with various degrees of anthropogenic environmental change.
  • Grudzus Kara (2018) Validating a MHC next-generation sequencing workflow using an experimental set-up from a known model system.
  • Männer Lisa (2018) Characterization of the MHC class II loci in meerkats, Suricata suricatta.
  • Schumacher Julia (2018) Effects of Habitat Modification on Bartonella and Helicobacter Infections in Wildlife - Case Studies in Jamaican Fruit Bats (Artibeus jamaicensis) and Grey-brown Mouse Lemurs (Microcebus griseorufus).


  • Kolar Miriam (2017) Characterization of Major Histocompatibility Complex class I genes of raccoons (Procyon lotor) using a next generation sequencing approach.
  • Okeke Nnamdi Johnmary (2017) Genotyping a large number of Greater Flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) for MHC class II: A NGS barcoding method.


  • Haque Shahi (2016) A preliminary study on the association between Mhc diversity and juvenile survival in wild population of Greater Flamingos using a next generation sequencing approach.
  • Heni Alexander (2016) Genetic diversity of Toll-like receptor (TLR4, TLR7) genes in a neotropical rodent in landscapes differing in anthropogenic disturbance.

2015 and earlier

  • Meier Matthias (2014) Studying the gut-associated microbial community of the black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas) inhabiting the central Namibian cattle-ranching area: a next generation sequencing approach.