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Kristen Panfilio, Ph.D.


Professor of Molecular Genetics

Department of Molecular Genetics (190g)
Institute for Biology
University of Hohenheim
Garbenstr. 30
70599 Stuttgart
Germany  [directions]
Phone: +49 (0)711 459 22206

E-mail: kristen.panfilio [at]

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Guest Scientist

Institute for Zoology: Developmental Biology  
University of Cologne
Cologne Biocenter
Zülpicher Str. 47b
50674 Cologne
Germany  [directions]
Phone: +49 (0)221 470 3130

Honorary Professorial Fellow

School of Life Sciences
University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Campus
Coventry CV4 7AL
UK  [directions]
Phone: +44 (0)24 765 73527


Brief CV

Positions and Qualifications

From September 2022:
Professor of Molecular Genetics, University of Hohenheim, Germany

From August 2022:
Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Warwick, UK

2021-22: Reader (Associate Professor) (Warwick, UK)

2019-21: Associate Professor (Warwick, UK)

2017-19: Assistant Professor (Warwick, UK)

From January 2012: Research Group Leader (Emmy Noether Program, 2012-2020 / Guest Scientist, 2020- ) (Cologne, Germany)

2008-11: Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Professor Siegfried Roth (Cologne, Germany)

2007: Visiting Researcher, Laboratory of Professor Sumihare Noji (Tokushima, Japan)

2007: Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory of Professor Michael Akam (Cambridge, UK)

2002-06: Ph.D., University of Cambridge, Department of Zoology, Laboratory of Professor Michael Akam (UK)

2001-02: M.Phil., University of Cambridge, Department of Zoology, Laboratory of Professor Michael Akam (UK)

1997-2001: B.A., Swarthmore College, Biology Department,
Advisor: Professor Scott Gilbert (USA)


Research funding and collaborative projects

- BBSRC responsive mode project grant,
"Functional significance and remodeling challenges of polyploidy across the lifetime of epithelial tissues",

- German Research Foundation (DFG) Collaborative Research Center 1211 "Earth - Evolution at the Dry Limit",
(associated scientist on Project B6; PI: Thomas Wiehe), "Earth-life evolution at short time scales", 2020-2024

- Brazilian Ministry of Education (CAPES) International Visiting Professorship award,
to Gustavo Lazzaro Rezende for sabbatical research collaboration in the Panfilio Lab (co-investigator/ host), "Regulation of serosal cuticle gene expression in the beetle Tribolium castaneum: identification of transcriptional effectors of Tc-Zen1", 2018-2019

- Wellcome-Warwick Quantitative Biomedicine Programme (QBP) Seed Grant,
"Defining stochasticity and tolerance in morphogenetically active tissues", 2018-2019

- Wellcome Trust Multi-User Equipment Grant,
(participating investigator; Project lead: Andrew McAinsh), "Probing intra-cellular dynamics with lattice light sheet microscopy", 2017-2022

- Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation Exploration Grant,
"The role of polyploidy in epithelial tissue development", 2016-2018

- (DFG) Collaborative Research Center 680 "The Molecular Basis of Evolutionary Innovations",
Project A12: "The changing roles of Hox3 genes in insects", 2014-2017

- Arthropod Genomes i5K Initiative pilot sequencing project,
Species Coordinator for the Milkweed Bug Genome Project (Oncopeltus fasciatus), 2012-2019

- (DFG) Emmy Noether Program grant,
"Comparative cellular and molecular approaches to epithelial morphogenesis in insects", 2012-2017

- (DFG) "iBeetle" Research Unit (FOR 1234) for genome-wide RNAi screening in the beetle Tribolium castaneum,
Associated PI, "Functional genomics of insect development and metamorphosis", 2011-2016


Selected previous research awards

- Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Germany (2008-2010)

- Company of Biologists Development Travelling Fellowships, UK (2004 and 2007)

- Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship, USA (2002-2007)

- Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship, USA (2001-2002)

- Cambridge Overseas Trust Honorary Scholar, UK (2001-2002)

- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, USA (awarded 2001)


External profile and research descriptions

- ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) profile

- Profile CV, AcademiaNet, an on-line database of "Leading Women Scientists"


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