Evolution of social life in insects


  • Since 2016: Assistant Professor, Institute of Zoology, JGU Mainz
  • 2015–2016: Marie-Curie post-doc fellow (return phase) University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 2013–2015: Marie-Curie post-doc fellow (outgoing phase) Rockefeller University, New York City, USA
  • 2012–2013: Post-doc at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland


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

Most relevant publications by Romain Libberecht

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

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

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 ants. Science, 361: 398-402

Libbrecht R, Oxley PR, Keller L and Kronauer DJC. (2016). Robust DNA methylation in the clonal raider ant brain. Current Biology, 26: R391-R395

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

Corona M*, Libbrecht* R, Wurm Y, Riba-Grognuz O, Studer RS and Keller L. (2013). Vitellogenin underwent subfunctionalization to acquire caste and behavioral specific expression in the harvester ant Pogonomyrmex barbatus. Plos Genetics, 9: e1003730 (*co-first authors)

Schwander T, Libbrecht R and Keller L. (2014). Supergenes and complex phenotypes. Current Biology, 24: R288-R294

Libbrecht R, Oxley PR, Kronauer DJC and Keller L. (2013). Ant genomics sheds light on the molecular regulation of social organization. Genome Biology, 14: 212-219

Libbrecht R and Keller L. (2012). Genetic compatibility affects division of labor in the Argentine ant Linepithema humile. Evolution, 67: 517-524

Libbrecht R, Schwander T and Keller L. (2011). Genetic components to caste allocation in a multiple-queen ant species. Evolution, 65: 2907-2915

Corona M, Libbrecht R and Wheeler D. (2016). Molecular mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity in social insects. Current opinion in insect science, 13: 55-60

Ulrich Y, Burns D, Libbrecht R and Kronauer DJC. (2016). Ant larvae regulate worker foraging behavior and ovarian activity in a dose-dependent manner. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 70: 1011-1018


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