Charissa de Bekker

Charissa de Bekker

Pennsylvania State University

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Post-doctoral Researcher


Published on Sep 08, 2015

Zombie ant biting behavior likely involves an array of processes as suggested by gene expression studies.

The full research paper on this topic has been published in BMC Genomics.Many parasites have evolved the ability to change host behavior in order to promote completion of the parasite’s life cycle....

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Published on Sep 07, 2015

Heads up: paper is online!

Hi everyone!Hope you had a lovely summer! I sure had. During my holiday our paper got published online (August 19) and has already received almost 3000 views since! And that without us alerting the...

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Published on Aug 03, 2015

Ladies and Gents....

I am proud to announce to you all....That our paper has finally been accepted for publication!!A link to the paper and a full breakdown of its contents will follow as soon as we have gone through a...

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Published on May 03, 2015

Manuscript submitted!

Well, it finally happened. After an immense amount of work, and almost a year-and-a-half after this project has been fully funded, our manuscript has been submitted. Obviously, to an open access jo...

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Published on Mar 09, 2015

Sneak preview: manuscript almost ready for submission!

It has been a while since the last update. As you might remember, I moved across the ocean to continue my work at the Ludwig Maximilians University, which slowed things down work wise. Next to that...

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Published on Sep 19, 2014

A break down of our latest BMC Evolutionary Biology paper

As promised, in this lab note I will break down our latest paper, published open access in BMC Evolutionary Biology, for you. Since it appeared online last month it hasalready been accessed 7863 ti...

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Published on Aug 21, 2014

Check out this new paper from my colleague Raquel!

Hi guys,You might have already picked up on this, since her work is all over the news :), but just in case I wanted to make sure that you knew about this beautiful study my colleague Raquel just pu...

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HI Barbara, That's not too technical at all. Ask away! But with a technical question I can only reply with a technical answer ;-). The samples were normalized to FPKM (Fragments Per Kilobase Of Exon Per Million Fragments Mapped) so we could compare expression levels of each of the genes across sa...more
Reply to:garygary
Interesting question Gary. We can't say for sure of course since we never specifically tested this, but we get the idea from the experiments we do in the lab that the ants don't notice and carry on with their business until the fungus takes control. Even the other ants in the nest don't seem to k...more
Hi John! Good catch! I indeed meant to say differentially expressed. I'll change it. Thanks!