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Dr. habil. Kathrin Theissinger

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin



Institut für Insektenbiotechnologie
AG Angewandte Entomologie
Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32
35392 Giessen
Büro: IFZ / B424



Research Areas and Teaching

Research Areas

Conservation genomics; molecular ecology; freshwater ecosystems under anthropogenic influence; host-pathogen interactions; invasive species management;

  • Controlled infection experiments of freshwater crayfish with the crayfish plague pathogen
  • Multi-omics investigation of host resistance and pathogen virulence in the crayfish – crayfish plague model system
  • Genomic biodiversity monitoring and food web recosntructions of restored wetlands by use of eDNA


Teaching activities

Justus-Liebig University:

  • 2021 – 2023: MP227  Genomic tools in the evaluation of biodiversity loss

Rhineland-Palatinate University Kaiserslautern-Landau:

  • 2011 – 2020: diverse courses in the degree programme B.Sc. and M.Sc. Environmental Science and Ecotoxicology (UWI2a+b, UWI3a+b, AÖK5, ETX7);
  • 2012 – 2009: coordinator of the degree programme B.Sc. Environmental Science
  • Since 2022: as Privatdozentin at the RPTU, I am teaching the module „Übung Genetik“ in the course program M.ed. Biologie in Landau.


Involved projects:

  • Since 2024: MSE-Key – Key factors shaping the interactions of freshwater crayfish and their invasive disease (DFG – Heisenberg Prpgramme)
  • Since 2022: EMYS-R - A socio-ecological evaluation of wetlands restoration and reintroduction programs in favour of the emblematic European pond turtle and associated biodiversity: a pan-European approach (Biodiversa / BMBF; project manager)
  • Since 2022: GEODE – Genome evolution of decapoda (DFG/ANR)
  • 2022-2023: CRISIS – Crayfish Immune System (DAAD)
  • Since 2020: The LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics (TBG) theissinger


Guest editor:

  • Since 2023 Editor of the journal Frontiers in Freshwater Science.
  • 2021 – 2022 Guest editor for the journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, special issue on “Conservation of European Freshwater Crayfish”