Kai Kamm, Dr.rer.nat.

+49 511 953 8402

Coming from evolutionary developmental biology, with the main focus on the evolution of homeobox genes in diploblasts, my current research focuses on comparative genomics in the phylum Placozoa. A placozoan genome is roughly 100Mb small and with Next Generation Sequencing Techniques we plan to sequence, assemble and analyse several placozoan genomes and transcriptomes. This offers the possibility to catalogue the genetic diversity of an entire phylum, to identify genetic mechanisms that may have driven speciation in Placozoa and to identify genes under selection. At the same time, urgently needed functional studies will be greatly facilitated.



2002 - 2007 PhD at the Leibniz-University-Hannover. Dissertation title: "Hox, ANTP and Homeobox Gene Evolution in Metazoa: Insights from Cnidaria". Graduation with Dr. rer. nat.

Since October 2014 Postdoc at the Institute of Ecology and Evolution, TiHo-Hannover Working topic: comparative genomics in Placozoa





Kamm K, Hoppe S, Breves G, Schröder B, Schemann M. Effects of the probiotic yeast Saccharomyces boulardii on the neurochemistry of myenteric neurones in pig jejunum. Neurogastroenterol Motil 2004;16:53–60. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2982.2003.00458.x.

Kamm K, Schierwater B, Jakob W, Dellaporta SL, Miller DJ. Axial patterning and diversification in the cnidaria predate the Hox system. Curr Biol 2006;16:920–6. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2006.03.036.

Kamm K, Schierwater B. Ancient complexity of the non-Hox ANTP gene complement in the anthozoan Nematostella vectensis . Implications for the evolution of the ANTP superclass. J Exp Zool Part B Mol Dev Evol 2006;306B:589–96. doi:10.1002/jez.b.21123.

Kamm K, Schierwater B. Ancient linkage of a POU class 6 and an anterior hox-like gene in cnidaria: implications for the evolution of homeobox genes. J Exp Zool Part B Mol Dev Evol 2007;308B:777–84. doi:10.1002/jez.b.21196.

Srivastava M, Begovic E, Chapman J, Putnam NH, Hellsten U, Kawashima T, et al. The Trichoplax genome and the nature of placozoans. Nature 2008;454:955–60. doi:10.1038/nature07191.

Schierwater B, Kamm K, Srivastava M, Rokhsar D, Rosengarten RD, Dellaporta SL. The early ANTP gene repertoire: Insights from the placozoan genome. PLoS One 2008;3:1–5. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002457.

Schierwater B, Kamm K. The early evolution of Hox genes: a battle of belief? Adv Exp Med Biol 2010;689:81–90. doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-6673-5_5.

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