"Our body is the result of millions of years of evolution and a compromise between change and restrictions. If we want to understand the structure and function of the body, the evolutionary and developmental history of its blueprint is the key to doing so. This is why my working group focuses on the evolution of vertebrates and examines both present-day and fossilised animals. Using traditional and modern research methods, we want to decipher how vertebrates have adapted and what structural solutions they have developed to survive under ever-changing environmental conditions. One of our key objectives is to understand the principles of the evolution of the spine. Our work combines basic research with applied research and provides impetus for practical medical research."
Christine Böhmer, 36 years old, born in Munich. Since April 2021: Professor of Zoology and Functional Morphology of Vertebrates at Kiel University. Previously post-doctoral researcher at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich) (Marie Curie Scholarship recipient) and Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris/France. 2013: Doctoral degree at LMU Munich.