Katrin Berk

PhD Student

Email: k.berk@wwu.de

Tel.: +49-(0)251-83-21634

Room: 20

Research Interests

  • De novo gene emergence and gain of function
  • Human evolution
  • Admixture of Neanderthals and Homo sapiens


  • PhD studies in the Molecular Evolution and Bioinformatics Group, Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster, Germany (since 2020)
  • MSc in Biology - University of Münster (2017-2020)
    Thesis: Investigating de novo gene evolution in the human lineage
  • BSc Biology - University of Münster (2015-2017)
    Thesis: Regulation of G6PDH1 activity in Arabidopsis thaliana by post-translational modifications
  • Studies of biology and chemistry for teaching (2-Fach Bachelor) - University of Siegen and University of Münster (2011 - 2015)


  • Chaperones facilitate heterologous expression of naturally evolved putative de novo proteins
    Eicholt L., Aubel M., Berk K., Bornberg-Bauer E., Lange A.
    Protein Science (in revision).
  • New Genomic Signals Underlying the Emergence of Human Proto-Genes
    Grandchamp A., Berk K., Dohmen E., Bornberg-Bauer E.
    Genes, 2022.
  • Evolution and identification of DREB transcription factors in the wheat genome: modeling, docking and simulation of DREB proteins associated with salt stress
    Hassan S., Berk K., Aronsson H.
    Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics, 2021.