Christoph graduated in Molecular Biology at the University of Vienna, in Austria, where he worked on the molecular basis of magnetoreception. Since the work of William Keeton (1971) we have known that homing pigeons can detect the earth’s magnetic field, and use this information to navigate. For over a decade it was hypothesized that pigeons sense magnetic fields through iron-containing cells in their upper beak (Fleissner et al. 2003). During his masters thesis in the lab of David Keays at the Institute for Molecular Pathology in Vienna, Christoph found that the iron-rich clusters were actually macrophages and not magnetosensitive neurons (Treiber et al. 2012, Treiber et al. 2013).
Christoph is funded by the Wellcome Trust 4-year DPhil Programme in Genomic Medicine and Statistics and is a graduate student of Trinity College. He joined the Waddell lab in April 2013, where he is currently working on somatic transposition in fruit flies. Previous work in the Waddell lab suggests that transposon activity in neural genomes renders the fruit fly brain a genetic mosaic (Perrat et al. 2013). The spatial and temporal dynamic of somatic transposition in fruit fly neurons and the impact of transposition on the animals’ behaviour is unknown. Christoph aims to answer these questions during his DPhil project.
Resolving the prevalence of somatic transposition inDrosophila.
Treiber CD. and Waddell S., (2017), Elife, 6
Neural transposition in the Drosophila brain: is it all bad news?
Waddell S. et al, (2014), Adv Genet, 86, 65 - 92
High resolution anatomical mapping confirms the absence of a magnetic sense system in the rostral upper beak of pigeons.
Treiber CD. et al, (2013), Commun Integr Biol, 6
Clusters of iron-rich cells in the upper beak of pigeons are macrophages not magnetosensitive neurons
Treiber CD. et al, (2012), Nature
Cytoarchitectural disruption of the superior colliculus and an enlarged acoustic startle response in the Tuba1a mutant mouse.
Edwards A. et al, (2011), Neuroscience, 195, 191 - 200