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Antje Werblow

M.Sc. student

B4.5: SNAKEBITE ENVENOMING: A GLOBALLY NEGLECTED DISEASE

Research interests/current works

My research interests focus on basic and applied topics at the interface of environment and health. In my M.Sc. thesis research I studied the diversity of the most lethal toxins of venomous snakes that cause many deaths in South and Southeast Asia. By cloning and analyzing genomic DNA sequences I found many novel toxins and new variants of known neurotoxins. I also identified gene regions where evolutionary selection enhances toxin variability. This information has applied significance for understanding the function of snake toxins and for the rational design of therapeutic antibody products. As a side-project I contributed to the discovery of an unexpected species diversity of sand flies in Bangladesh and to determining the prevalence of Leishmania parasites in these disease vectors. As a graduate research assistant I have been in charge of the laboratory component of a DNA barcoding project that aims to unveil the species diversity of mosquitoes in Bangladesh.

Short CV

2012 Master of Science in Environmental Sciences, Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main (research thesis on molecular cloning and sequence analysis of genes encoding beta-bungarotoxin A-chains and B-chains and alpha-neurotoxins of venomous snakes of the genus Bungarus)
2009-2012 M.Sc. studies in Environmental Sciences at Goethe-University
2009 Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Leipzig (research thesis on bacteriophages as an indicator for the condition of bacterial communities) 
2006-2009 B.Sc. studies in Biology at the University of Leipzig

Contact

Biodiversity and ClimateResearch Centre (BiK-F)
Emerging and Neglected Tropical Diseases Unit
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt amMain
Germany
Phone: +49 (0)69 7542 1807, -1808
Fax: +49 (0)69 7542 1800
E-Mail: Antje.Werblow(at)senckenberg.de
Office: Mertonstr. 17–21, 403 C
60325 Frankfurt am Main
Germany