Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

Simon Tragust

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Simon Tragust

phone: +49 0345 5526510

room 6.14.0
MLU/Allg. Zoologie
Hoher Weg 8
06120 Halle (Saale) - Germany

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BSc defence Celine Erdelen

BSc defence Celine Erdelen

BSc defence Celine Erdelen

Pina Brinker goodbye BBQ1

Pina Brinker goodbye BBQ1

Pina Brinker goodbye BBQ1

Pina Brinker goodbye BBQ2

Pina Brinker goodbye BBQ2

Pina Brinker goodbye BBQ2

Research group

Research group

Research group

Hannah Gaitzsch

Hannah Gaitzsch

Hannah Gaitzsch

19.06.2024: I am hopelessly out of date, but here comes a flood of news.

First, congratulations to Celine Erdelen for successfully defending her BSc thesis (and thanks to the nice pictures for Pina and myself!).

Then, sad news. Pina's contract is unfortunately finished, but we took the opportunity to have a wonderful Goodbye BBQ and to take a group picture. Although lost to us, Pina will continue her academic journey in Berlin at the Umweltbundesamt, a position (permanent, YEAH!!!) she will take up in September.

Finally, the EMINENT collectors Hannah, Nina and Baptiste are back and Hannah will stick to the project two-fold, as a BSc candidate and as a student assistant. Welcome back!

(for older news see here)


What we are interested in

We are broadly interested in evolutionary and ecological questions relating to host-parasite and host-microbe interactions. Hence our work encompasses a range of topics including immune defense strategies, emerging infectious diseases, and defensive symbiosis to name a few. Check out our current projects, our publications, and our group members for more.


What we do

We mainly utilise experimental manipulations in laboratory settings but are not shy of sampling in the field combining behavioral observations with immunological, microbiological, chemical-analytical, and molecular methods to span our research from molecules through to the whole organism.

Nuptial flight collections of Lasius niger queens

Nuptial flight collections of Lasius niger queens

Nuptial flight collections of Lasius niger queens


What we work with

Ants our are our main workhorses, but we have lately expanded to other social insects including the honeybee and bumblebees and think that the invasive ladybird beetle Harmonia axyridis is an excellent model organism. Our microbes include a spectrum of bacteria, fungi, and viruses but also the whole host-associated microbial community.

Camponotus nicobarensis performing acidopore grooming

Camponotus nicobarensis performing acidopore grooming

Camponotus nicobarensis performing acidopore grooming


Who we are

Simon Tragust
in beesuit

Simon Tragust in beesuit

Simon Tragust
in beesuit

We are a small group of people currently including a PhD (Lukas Koch) a teachers degree student (Vera Neumer), a BSc-Thesis student (Tim Kaufmann) and soon a PostDoc (Pina Brinker) under the auspices of the head (Simon Tragust).


We do teaching

We believe that integrating students into our research leads to positive interactions between teaching and research. We always have plenty of projects and ideas. If you are interested in joining contact our head Simon Tragust.

Kids university with Simon Tragust © Maike Glöcker

Kids university with Simon Tragust © Maike Glöcker

Kids university with Simon Tragust © Maike Glöcker


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