Rolff Lab – Evolutionary Biology
at Freie Universität Berlin


We are interested in the evolution and ecology of insects. This encompasses the evolution of (insect) immunity, bacterial resistance evolution, insect-microbe interactions and adaptation to predators.

Our group collaborates closely with the labs of Dino McMahon and Sophie Armitage.

We are also members of the ZIBI Interdisciplinary Center for Infection Biology and Immunity. And the Berlin Brandenburg Institute of Advanced Biodiversity Research.


New paper: Genomics of experimental adaptation of Staphylococcus aureus to a natural combination of insect antimicrobial peptides. Scientific Reports

New paper (and first paper from Bin’s PhD): Shift in predation regime mediates diversification of foraging behaviour in a dragonfly genus. Ecological Entomology

New paper: Cationic antimicrobial peptides do not change recombination frequency in Escherichia coli. A Rodríguez-Rojas, J Moreno-Morales, AJ Mason, J Rolff Biol Lett