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Prof. Dr. Marc F. Schetelig

Office: TIG / 2.41

Tel.: +49 641/99-35900

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Justus-Liebig-University Giessen

Institute for Insect Biotechnology

Department of Insect Biotechnology in Plant Protection

Winchester Str. 2

35394 Giessen


Marc F. Schetelig is a researcher with expertise in molecular biocontrol and gene editing. He is interested in developing environmentally friendly and sustainable methods for controlling invasive fruit pests such as Drosophila suzukii and the Mediterranean fruit fly, as well as mosquito species such as Aedes aegypti. His research aims to improve the sterile insect technique (SIT) through the development of environmentally friendly sex separation and male sterility technologies, as well as new genetic approaches. He is also focused on the risk assessment of transgenic insects and the development of molecular biological systems for the stabilization of transgenes and the unbiased comparison of different technologies, including CRISPR-Cas gene editing.


Curriculum Vitae

since 2016

Professor for Insect Biotechnology in Plant Protection                                                                                                              

2022 - 2026 Coordinator of the EU project "REACT" at the JLU Gießen

2013 - 2019

Head of Emmy Noether group, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany
2014 / 2017

Consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency on vector control, Vienna

2014 - 2019

Insect Pest and Vector Control group leader, LOEWE Center for Insect

Biotechnology & Bioresources, Giessen, Germany

2013 - 2019 Head of »Fraunhofer Attract« group, Fraunhofer Society, Giessen, Germany

Consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency and the

Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (IAEA-FAO), Austria

2008 - 2013

Research Molecular Geneticist at the United States Department of

Agriculture (USDA-ARS), USA

2004 - 2008

PhD at the Göttingen Centre for Molecular Biosciences (GZMB),

Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany

1999 - 2004 Diploma in Biochemistry, University Bayreuth, Germany


Awards & Grants





Click here for a publication list of the Schetelig Group


Invited Speaker (selection 2016-2020)


09.2020 Speaker at the BfR seminar 'Genome Editing', Bundesinstitut für Risikoforschung, BfR, Berlin, Germany
02.2020 Keynote speaker at the DRUID Symposium “Novel drug targets against, poverty-related and neglected tropical infectious diseases”, Frankfurt, Germany
12.2019 Speaker at ‘Gene Discovery Meeting’ of the HORT Innovation Consortium, Adelaide, Australia 


Speaker at the ESA 2020, St. Louis, USA
10.2019 Speaker at the 1st RCM on “Generic approach for the development of genetic sexing strains for SIT applications”, IAEA-FAO, Vienna, Austria
09.2019 Speaker at the Insecta 2019, Potsdam, Germany
07.2019 Lecturer at the IGTRCN Workshop on Insect Transgenesis, Rockville, Maryland, USA
07.2019 Speaker at the 8th International Symposium on Molecular Insect Science, Sitges, Spain
05.2019 Speaker and Instructor at the “Farming the Uncanny Valley - Insects” Community Project, Schmalkalden, Germany
04.2019 Speaker at the Workshop “Control options for Gene Drives”, Boku, Vienna, Austria
03.2019 German Federal Foreign Office, Rethinking Arms Control, Berlin, Germany


Speaker, Arbeitstreffen der AG Kirschessigfliege, Geisenheim, Germany


Speaker, Insecta 2018, Gießen, Germany


Keynote speaker, IAEA-FAO, Third RCM on Comparing Rearing Efficiency and Competitiveness of Sterile Male Strains Produced by Genetic, Transgenic or Symbiont-based Technologies, Bangkok, Thailand


Keynote speaker, Accademia Naz Ital di Entomologia, ‚Approcci genomici e molecolari per il controllo di specie invasive di insetti di interesse agrario e sanitario’, Florence, Italy


Keynote speaker, Stratégies Innovantes de Lutte contre les Insectes Vecteurs et Ravageurs Vectopole Sud/INRA/Cirad, Montepellier, France


Auswärtiges Amt, OR12-2, Dialogforum zum Biowaffenübereinkommen, Berlin


Speaker, Research Coordinated Meeting IAEA on mosquito control, Bangkok, Thailand


Expert for the WHO on Genetically modified insects and gene drive systems for vector control, 2017, Geneva, Switzerland


Speaker, International Congress of Entomology 2017, Denver, USA


Keynote speaker at the Symposium ‘Gene Drive – Vererbungsturbo in Medizin und Landwirtschaft’ of the German Ethics Council, Frankfurt, Germany


Consulting on agricultural pest control strategies, IAEA-FAO, Vienna, Austria


Keynote speaker and Chair at the Keystone Symposium on Vector-Borne Diseases, Durban, South Africa


Speaker at the Insecta 2017, Berlin, Germany


SINO-German Symposium on Integrated Management of D. suzukii, Darmstadt, Germany


Keynote Speaker, International Conference on Sterile Insect Technique, IAEA-FAO, Vienna, Austria


Speaker at the Research Coordinated Meeting – Evaluation of transgenic insects for pest control, Panama City, Panama


Speaker at the Fraunhofer Netzwert Symposium 2017, München, Germany


Organizing and conducting a five day FAO workshop on ‘Insect Biotechnology’, Beirut, Libanon


International Congress of Entomology 2016, Orlando, FL, USA


Invitation of the University of Florida to present to Deans of Research and Extension, the Department of Entomology and the Endowed Chair of Entomology, Gainesville, FL, USA


Professional Societies and Engagement





  • MK-089-EN – Insect Biotechnology & Integrated Pest Management, MSc, English
  • MP-090-EN – Biotechnology in pest control, MSc, English
  • MP-149-EN – Molecular Techniques, MSc, English
  • MP-150-EN – Milestones in Insect Biotechnology, MSc, English (Profs. Schetelig, Balinth, Pauls, Vilcinskas, Schäberle)
  • MP-156-157-EN – Laboratory Course I-II, MSc, English
  • BP-038 – Agrarökologie und integrierter Pflanzenschutz, BSc, German
  • BK-056 (N) - Genetik, BSc, German
  • BK-063 (N) - Biologie für nachwachsende Rohstoffe, BSc, German
  • Sachkundenachweis Pflanzenschutz for University employees

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