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2019 - present Member of the BCF at the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Germany
2017-2019 Fraunhofer IME-BR, Gießen, Germany

Lecturer(Akademischer Rat) at the Department for Bioinformatics at the University of Würzburg, Germany

2010 PostDoc at the Department for Bioinformatics at the University of Würzburg, Germany
2007-2010 PhD thesis (summa cum laude) at the Department for Bioinformatics at the University of Würzburg, Germany; Thesis: "Making the most of phylogeny: Unique adaptations in tardigrades and 216374 internal transcribed spacer 2 structures"

Diploma studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Hamburg, Germany; Thesis: "Änderung der Genexpression in Gerste nach Infektion mit Fusarium graminearum"

1998-1999 Military service Hammelburg, Germany

School leaving examination (Abitur), Agricolagymnasium Hohenmölsen, Germany

1980 Born in Hohenmölsen, Germany

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Förster, F., 2020. Genomes of the Venus Flytrap and Close Relatives Unveil the Roots of Plant Carnivory. Current Biology, DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2020.04.051.

Lüddecke, T., Reumont, B.M.v., Förster, F., Billion, A., Timm, T., Lochnit, G., Vilcinskas, A. and Lemke, S., 2020. An Economic Dilemma Between Molecular Weapon Systems May Explain an Arachno-atypical Venom in Wasp Spiders (Argiope bruennichi). Biomolecules, 10(7), p.978, DOI:10.3390/biom10070978.


Förster, F., 2019. Proteo-Transcriptomic Characterization of the Venom from the Endoparasitoid Wasp Pimpla turionellae with Aspects on Its Biology and Evolution. Toxins, DOI:10.3390/toxins11120721.

Freudenthal, J.A., Pfaff, S., Terhoeven, N., Korte, A., Ankenbrand, M.J. and Förster, F., 2019. The landscape of chloroplast genome assembly tools., DOI:10.1101/665869.


Förster, F., Amsel, D., Billion, A., Vilcinskas, A. and Förster, F., 2018. microPIECE - microRNA pipeline enhanced by CLIP experiments. Journal of Open Source Software, DOI:10.21105/joss.00616.

Ankenbrand, M.J., Pfaff, S., Terhoeven, N., Qureischi, M., Gündel, M., Weiß, C.L., Hackl, T. and Förster, F., 2018. chloroExtractor: extraction and assembly of the chloroplast genome from whole genome shotgun data. The Journal of Open Source Software, DOI:10.21105/joss.00464.

Ankenbrand, M.J., Hohlfeld, S.C.Y., Weber, L., Förster, F. and Keller, A., 2018. Functional exploration of natural networks and ecological communities. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9(9), pp.2028-2033, DOI:10.1111/2041-210x.13060.


Förster, F., 2017. AliTV—interactive visualization of whole genome comparisons. PeerJ Computer Science, DOI:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2348.


Horn, H., Slaby, B.M., Jahn, M.T., Bayer, K., Moitinho-Silva, L., Förster, F., Abdelmohsen, U.R. and Hentschel, U., 2016. An Enrichment of CRISPR and Other Defense-Related Features in Marine Sponge-Associated Microbial Metagenomes. Frontiers in Microbiology, p.1751, DOI:10.3389/fmicb.2016.01751.

Ankenbrand, M.J., Weber, L., Becker, D., Förster, F. and Bemm, F., 2016. TBro: visualization and management of de novo transcriptomes. Database, DOI:10.1093/database/baw146.

Ankenbrand, M.J., Terhoeven, N., Hohlfeld, S., Förster, F. and Keller, A., 2016. biojs-io-biom, a BioJS component for handling data in Biological Observation Matrix (BIOM) format. F1000Research, DOI:10.12688/f1000research.9618.2.

Bemm, F., Weiß, C.L., Schultz, J. and Förster, F., 2016. Genome of a tardigrade: Horizontal gene transfer or bacterial contamination? Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(22), pp.E3054-E3056, DOI:10.1073/pnas.1525116113.


Ankenbrand, M.J., Keller, A., Wolf, M., Schultz, J. and Förster, F., 2015. ITS2 Database V: Twice as Much. Mol Biol Evol, 32(11), pp.3030-2.

Gupta, S.K., Kupper, M., Ratzka, C., Feldhaar, H., Vilcinskas, A., Gross, R., Dandekar, T. and Förster, F., 2015. Scrutinizing the immune defence inventory of Camponotus floridanus applying total transcriptome sequencing. BMC Genomics, p.540.


Keller, A., Horn, H., Förster, F. and Schultz, J., 2014. Computational integration of genomic traits into 16S rDNA microbiota sequencing studies. Gene, 549(1), pp.186-91.

Hackl, T., Hedrich, R., Schultz, J. and Förster, F., 2014. proovread: large-scale high-accuracy PacBio correction through iterative short read consensus. Bioinformatics, 30(21), pp.3004-11.


Schokraie, E., Warnken, U., Hotz-Wagenblatt, A., Grohme, M.A., Hengherr, S., Förster, F., Schill, R.O., Frohme, M., Dandekar, T. and Schnolzer, M., 2012. Comparative proteome analysis of Milnesium tardigradum in early embryonic state versus adults in active and anhydrobiotic state. PloS one, 7(9), p.e45682.

Krueger, B., Friedrich, T., Förster, F., Bernhardt, J., Gross, R. and Dandekar, T., 2012. Different evolutionary modifications as a guide to rewire two-component systems. Bioinform Biol Insights, pp.97-128.

Koetschan, C., Hackl, T., Mueller, T., Wolf, M., Förster, F. and Schultz, J., 2012. ITS2 Database IV: Interactive taxon sampling for internal transcribed spacer 2 based phylogenies. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 63(3), pp.585-588.

Chrobak, M., Förster, S., Meisel, S., Pfefferkorn, R., Förster, F. and Clos, J., 2012. Leishmania donovani HslV does not interact stably with HslU proteins. International Journal For Parasitology, 42(4), pp.329-339.

Ratzka, C., Förster, F., Liang, C., Kupper, M., Dandekar, T., Feldhaar, H. and Gross, R., 2012. Molecular Characterization of Antimicrobial Peptide Genes of the Carpenter Ant Camponotus floridanus. Plos One, 7(8).

Buchheim, M.A., Sutherland, D.M., Schleicher, T., Förster, F. and Wolf, M., 2012. Phylogeny of Oedogoniales, Chaetophorales and Chaetopeltidales (Chlorophyceae): inferences from sequence-structure analysis of ITS2. Annals of Botany, 109(1), pp.109-116.

Förster, F., Beisser, D., Grohme, M.A., Liang, C., Mali, B., Siegl, A.M., Engelmann, J.C., Shkumatov, A.V., Schokraie, E., Müller, T., Schnölzer, M., Schill, R.O., Frohme, M. and Dandekar, T., 2012. Transcriptome analysis in tardigrade species reveals specific molecular pathways for stress adaptations. Bioinform Biol Insights, pp.69-96.


Förster, F., Beisser, D., Frohme, M., Schill, R.O. and Dandekar, T., 2011. Bioinformatics identifies tardigrade molecular adaptations including the DNA-j family and first steps towards dynamical modelling. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, pp.120-126.

Buchheim, M.A., Keller, A., Koetschan, C., Förster, F., Merget, B. and Wolf, M., 2011. Internal Transcribed Spacer 2 (nu ITS2 rRNA) Sequence-Structure Phylogenetics: Towards an Automated Reconstruction of the Green Algal Tree of Life. Plos One, 6(2).


Schwarz, R.F., Fletcher, W., Förster, F., Merget, B., Wolf, M., Schultz, J. and Markowetz, F., 2010. Evolutionary Distances in the Twilight Zone-A Rational Kernel Approach. Plos One, 5(12).

Keller, A., Förster, F., Muller, T., Dandekar, T., Schultz, J. and Wolf, M., 2010. Including RNA secondary structures improves accuracy and robustness in reconstruction of phylogenetic trees. Biology Direct.

Schokraie, E., Hotz-Wagenblatt, A., Warnken, U., Mali, B., Frohme, M., Förster, F., Dandekar, T., Hengherr, S., Schill, R.O. and Schnolzer, M., 2010. Proteomic Analysis of Tardigrades: Towards a Better Understanding of Molecular Mechanisms by Anhydrobiotic Organisms. Plos One, 5(3).

Reuner, A., Hengherr, S., Mali, B., Förster, F., Arndt, D., Reinhardt, R., Dandekar, T., Frohme, M., Brummer, F. and Schill, R.O., 2010. Stress response in tardigrades: differential gene expression of molecular chaperones. Cell Stress & Chaperones, 15(4), pp.423-430.

Koetschan, C., Förster, F., Keller, A., Schleicher, T., Ruderisch, B., Schwarz, R., Muller, T., Wolf, M. and Schultz, J., 2010. The ITS2 Database III-sequences and structures for phylogeny. Nucleic Acids Research, pp.D275-D279.

Mali, B., Grohme, M.A., Förster, F., Dandekar, T., Schnolzer, M., Reuter, D., Welnicz, W., Schill, R.O. and Frohme, M., 2010. Transcriptome survey of the anhydrobiotic tardigrade Milnesium tardigradum in comparison with Hypsibius dujardini and Richtersius coronifer. Bmc Genomics.

Schill, R.O., Förster, F., Dandekar, T. and Wolf, M., 2010. Using compensatory base change analysis of internal transcribed spacer 2 secondary structures to identify three new species in Paramacrobiotus (Tardigrada). Organisms Diversity & Evolution, 10(4), pp.287-296.


Bemm, F., Schwarz, R., Förster, F. and Schultz, J., 2009. A kinome of 2600 in the ciliate Paramecium tetraurelia. Febs Letters, 583(22), pp.3589-3592.

Förster, F., Liang, C.G., Shkumatov, A., Beisser, D., Engelmann, J.C., Schnolzer, M., Frohme, M., Muller, T., Schill, R.O. and Dandekar, T., 2009. Tardigrade workbench: comparing stress-related proteins, sequence-similar and functional protein clusters as well as RNA elements in tardigrades. Bmc Genomics.


Keller, A., Schleicher, T., Förster, F., Ruderisch, B., Dandekar, T., Muller, T. and Wolf, M., 2008. ITS2 data corroborate a monophyletic chlorophycean DO-group (Sphaeropleales). Bmc Evolutionary Biology.

Reuner, A., Brummer, F., Schill, R.O., Zantke, J., Kube, M., Kuhl, H., Reinhardt, R., Mali, B., Frohme, M., Förster, F. and Dandekar, T., 2008. Mechanisms and molecular adaptation to extreme dehydration in tardigrades: Hsp gene expression in Milnesium tardigradum. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology a-Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 151(1), p.S32.