Evolution of social life in insects

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Positions held

  • Since 2016: Assistant Professor, Institute of Zoology, Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU), Mainz
  • 2015 - 2016: Marie-Curie postdoc fellow (return phase), University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2013 - 2015: Marie-Curie postdoc fellow (outgoing phase), Rockefeller University, New York City, USA
  • 2012 - 2013: Postdoc, University of Lausanne, Switzerland


  • 2012: PhD in life sciences, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Selected publications by Romain Libbrecht

Libbrecht R, Nadrau D, and Foitzik S. (2020) A role of histone acetylation in the regulation of circadian rhythm in ants. Iscience, 23:100846 Link

Libbrecht R, Oxley PR, and Kronauer DJC (2018) Clonal raider ant brain transcriptomics identifies candidate molecular mechanisms for reproductive division of laborBMC biology ,16:89 Link

Chandra V, Fetter-Pruneda I, Oxley PR ,Ritger AL, McKenzie SK, Libbrecht R, and Kronauer DJC (2018) Social regulation of insulin signaling and the evolution of eusociality in antsScience, 361:398-402 Link

Libbrecht R, Oxley PR, Keller L and Kronauer DJC. (2016) Robust DNA methylation in the clonal raider ant brain. Current Biology, 26:391-395 Link

Libbrecht R, Corona M, Wende F, Azevedo D, Serrao J and Keller L (2013) Interplay between insulin signaling, juvenile hormone and vitellogenin regulates maternal effects on caste polyphenism in ants. PNAS, 110:11050-11055 Link