Current Lab Members


Dr. John A. Nyakatura

Professor for Comparative Zoology

Email: john.nyakatura(at)

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Dr. Séverine Toussaint

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation postdoctoral fellow

Email: severine.toussaint(at)


Dr. Jan Wölfer

Research assistant, Postdoc

Email: woelferj(at)


Dr. Léo Botton-Divet

Einstein Foundation international postdoctoral fellow

Email: botton.divet.leo(at)


Dr. Katja Kienbaum

Lab technician

Email: kienbauk(at)

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Patricia Berles, M.Sc.

research associate, Ph.D. candidate

Email: patricia.berles(at)

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Fabio Alfieri, M.Sc.

Elsa-Neumann-Stipend of the city of Berlin, Ph.D. candidate

Email: alfierif(at)

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Adrian Scheidt, M.Sc.

Research associate, Ph.D. candidate

Email: a.scheidt(at)


Tina Aschenbach, B.Sc.

M.Sc. candidate, student research assistant

Email: tina.aschenbach(at)


Irene Montanez-Rivera, B. Sc.

M.Sc. candidate, student research assistant

Email: irene.mntz(at)

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Mai-Lee Van Le, B. Sc.

M.Sc. candidate, student research assistant

Email: mailevanle(at)


Lennart Eigen, B. Sc.

M.Sc. candidate

Email: lennart.eigen(at)


Lukas Löffler, B. Sc.

M.Sc. candidate

Email: lukas.loeffler1994(at)


Timo Berghäuser, B. Sc.

M.Sc. candidate, student research assistant


Former Lab Members

Marilena Müller finished her Master's thesis that focussed on the cervico-thoracic region of giraffes and other artiodactyls.

Kathrin M. Amelung, M.A., went on to the Bauhaus University of Weimar, Germany where she is continuing her work on her PhD project which focusses on the term "illustration".

Jenny Michel, B. Sc. After finishing her thesis on kinematic adjustments of striped squirrels to supports of differing width and incline, Jenny moved on to the University of Hohenheim to persue her studies an a Master's program.

Maja Mielke. M.Sc. Thesis "Bone Microstructure in Finite Element Modeling. The functional role of Trabeculae in the Femoral Head of Sciurus vulgaris". Maja is currently persuing a Ph.D. in the lab of Peter Aerts in Antwerp, Belgium.

Dr. Eli Amson. Alexander v. Humboldt postdoctoral fellow. Eli moved on to Johannes Müller's lab at the Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin. We continue to collaborate on various projects.

Falk Mielke. M.Sc. Thesis "Articular Surface Superimposition for Geometric Morphometric Analysis of Xenarthran Humerus Functional Morphology". 2017. Falk's thesis was awarded the "Humboldt Preis" which is given to the two best theses of of the entire Humboldt University in each academic year! Falk went on to pursue his PhD in the lab of Peter Aerts at the University of Antwerp in Belgium.

Irene Montañez-Rivera. B.Sc. Thesis "Cortical compactness in the humerus of xenarthrans". 2017. A paper based on Irene's thesis with contributions from Eli Amson was published in the Journal of Anatomy "Bone cortical compactness in 'tree sloths' reflects convergent evolution"

Flavia Gavrilei. M.Sc. Thesis "Pelvis and femur of caviomorph rodents: a morphofunctional analysis using 3D geometric morphometrics". 2017.

Vivian Schunke. M.Sc. Thesis "Der Einfluss der Größe des Versuchsaufbaus bei der Bewegungsanalyse am Beispiel von arborealen Hörnchen" In German. 2017. A paper based in Vivi's thesis with contributions from Falk Mielke and Jan Wölfer was published in Zoology "Motion analysis of non-model organisms using a hierarchical model: Influence of setup enclosure dimensions on gait parameters of Swinhoe's striped squirrels as a test case"

Susann Rosin. M.Sc. Thesis "Faszikelarchitektur und Sprungmuskulatur bei ausgewählten Caviomorpha: Chinchilla brevicaudata und Cavia porcellus" In German. 2016. A paper based on Susi's thesis was published in Zoomorphology "Hind limb extensor muscle architecture reflects locomotor specialisations of a jumping and a striding caviomorph rodent"

Mattias Stellbaum. B.Sc. Thesis "Funktionsmorphologische Untersuchung der Gestalt des Femurs ausgewählter Squamata" In German. 2015.