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Leon Hilgers

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Leon Hilgers
Fax: +49 30 889140 - 8565

Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin


  • Research assistant and PhD candidate in the research group of Dr. Thomas von Rintelen
  • Member of the PhD representatives 


I am interested in ecology and evolution, more specifically in ecological aspects of biological invasions, as well as adaptation and speciation processes. So far my research focused on ecological consequences of an alien fish invasion in Lake Matano (Sulawesi, Indonesia) and trophic resource related adaptation of the invader.

I am currently engaged in a transcriptome sequencing project, which aims to identify candidate genes for a potential evolutionary key trait in freshwater snails - the radula. Therefore, we perform a morph-wise, tissue specific transcriptome analysis of Tylomelania sarasinorum, which exhibits a striking substrate-correlated radula polymorphism.

I have gained experience in morphological and molecular lab methodologies including e.g. X-Ray imaging, REM, immunohistochemistry and NGS, as well as data analysis including multivariate statistics, geometric morphometrics, and multiple tools for transcriptome data analysis including assembly, mapping and differential expression.

Publications (selection)

Hilgers, L., Grau, J. H., Pfaender, J., & von Rintelen, T. (2016). The complete mitochondrial genome of the viviparous freshwater snail Tylomelania sarasinorum (Caenogastropoda: Cerithioidea). Mitochondrial DNA Part B, 1(1), 330-331.

Davies, K. M., Hare, D. J., Cottam, V., Chen, N., Hilgers, L., Halliday, G., Mercer, J. F. B., & Double, K. L. (2013). Localization of copper and copper transporters in the human brain. Metallomics, 5(1), 43-51.

Leon Hilgers