Evolution and regulation of division of labor in insect societies

Romain Libbrecht


  • 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, 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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