With over a million documented species, insects are the most successful group of organisms from the perspective of biodiversity. In the course of their evolution, they have developed a giant arsenal of active ingredients and enzymes, which they use to defend themselves against enemies and d ... more
Prof. Dr. Andreas Vilcinskas
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, Institut für Insektenbiotechnologie
Andreas Vilcinskas studied biology at TU Kaiserslautern and at Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin). He received his doctorate from the Zoology Dept. at FU Berlin in 1994 and completed his habilitation there in zoology in 1998. From 1999 to 2004 he held a visiting professorship in Evolutionary Biology and Specialized Zoology at the Department of Biochemistry and Biology at the University of Potsdam. In 2004, he accepted the post of Professor for Applied Entomology at Justus Liebig University Giessen, where he headed the LOEWE Special Focus Area in Insect Biotechnology funded by the Hessian Excellence Program from 2011 to 2013. He has directed the LOEWE Center for Insect Biotechnology and Bioresources since 2014. From 2006 to 2013, he was the Executive Director of the Institute of Phytopathology and Applied Zoology at Justus Liebig University Giessen. From 2014 to 2015, he was the spokesperson for the Interdisciplinary Research Center there, and he has been the Executive Director of the newly-formed – and world's first – HE institution for insect biotechnology since 2015. From 2009, he simultaneously headed the Fraunhofer Bioresources project group, which is planned to be expanded into an independent Fraunhofer Institute for Bioresources. Andreas Vilcinskas is a distinguished global pioneer in the field of insect biotechnology and has published the first three books addressing this new research field. His research interests focus on molecular, development and evolutionary biology, as well as immunology and the chemical ecology of insects.