Sfranssen Name: Franssen, Susanne

Status: Ph.D student


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


Susanne Franssen at Schloetterer lab

  • May - August 2011: visiting student at the Vienna Graduate School of Population Genetics hosted by Prof. Dr. C. Schlötterer, Institute for Population Genetics,  University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna
  • September 2008 - June 2012: PhD Student, Evolutionary Bioinformatics, IEB
    Funding: Volkswagen Stiftung Fellowship (since May 2009). 
  • 2007 - 2008 Diploma thesis within the GAME-Project (Global Approach by Modular Experiments), Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel (IFM-GEOMAR), University of Auckland
  • 2002 -2008 Study of Bioinformatics, Diploma, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt

Research Interest

  • Molecular evolution and adaptation to abiotic stress of seagrasses
  • Transcriptome & expression analysis
  • Application of Next generation sequencing technologies
  • Investigation of genetic mechanisms of expression divergence in Drosophila


  1. Susanne U. Franssen*, Jenny Gu*, Gidon Winters, Ann Kathrin Huylmans, Wienpahl I, Sparwel M, Coyer JA, Jeanine L. Olsen, Thorsten B. H. Reusch, and Erich Bornberg-Bauer
    Genome-wide transcriptomic responses of the seagrasses Zostera marina and Nanozostera noltii under a simulated heatwave confirm functional types Marine Genomics 15:65 - 73., 2014
    [Online access]
  2. Ram Vinay Pandey, Susanne U. Franssen, Andreas Futschik and Christian Schlötterer
    Allelic imbalance metre (Allim), a new tool for measuring allele-specific gene expression with RNA-seq data
    Molecular Ecology Resources (2013), 13(4):740-745
    [Online access]
  3. Jenny Gu, Katrin Weber, Elisabeth Klemp, Gidon Winters, Susanne U. Franssen, Isabell Wienpahl , Ann Kathrin Huylmans, Karsten Zecher, Thorsten B. H.Reusch, Erich Bornberg-Bauer and Andreas P.M. Weber
    Identifying core features of adaptive metabolomic mechanisms for chronic heat stress attenuation as a feature for systems robustness Integrative Biology 4:480 - 493, 2012
    [Online access]
  4. Susanne U. Franssen, Jenny Gu, Nina Bergmann, Gidon Winters, Ulrich C. Klostermeier, Philip Rosenstiel, Erich Bornberg-Bauer, and Thorsten  B.H. Reusch
    Transcriptomic resilience to global warming in the seagrass Zostera marina, a marine foundation species
    PNAS (2011), 108(48):19276-81
    [Online access]
  5. Susanne U. Franssen, Roshan P. Shrestha, Andrea Bräutigam, Erich Bornberg-Bauer and Andreas P.M. Weber
    Comprehensive transcriptome analysis of the highly complex Pisum sativum genome using next generation sequencingBMC Genomics (2011), 12:227
    [Online access]

Attended conferences / workshops 

  • Evolutionary Quantitative Genetics,
    30.01. - 10.02.2012, Uppsala University, Sweden
    Workshop Web Page
  • Third VW Status Symposium in Evolutionary Biology
    7. - 11. November 2011, Sylt, Germany
    Conference Web Page
    19th Annual International Conference on Intelligent Sytems for Molecular Biology & 10th European Conference on Computational Biology
    17 -19 July 2011, Austria Center Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  • Next Generation Sequencing Symposium
    03 - 05 November 2010, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany
  • Münster Conference on Stress & Evolution
    14 - 16 July 2010,
    Akademie Franz Hitze Haus, Münster, Germany
  • Interdisziplinäre Tagung
    5 - 7 December 2009, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden, Germany
    Darwin - Die Evolution und unser heutiges Bild vom Menschen
  • 08 - 10 June 2009, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
    EMBL Advanced Course in Analysis of Short Read Sequencing Data
  • "From Functional Genomics to Systems Biology"
    15 - 18 November 2008, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
    4th EMBO Conference