Photo Name: Dr Mark C Harrison

Status: Postdoc


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

Room: 19

Scientific career and education

  • 05/2016 - present: Postdoc at the Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity, University of Münster
  • 10/2012 - 04/2016: PhD in Evolutionary Biology at University of Leicester, UK with Dr Rob Hammond and Dr Eamonn Mallon. Titel: "The influence of ploidy-specific expression on selection."
  • 10/2010 - 09/2012: MSc Biology (Biodiversity) at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. Master thesis with Prof. Florian Leese, title: "The application of next generation sequencing technology in phylogeography and population genetics: A test case using Antarctic brittle stars."
  • 10/2007 - 10/2011: BSc Biology, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany.

Research interests

  • Molecular evolution and patterns of selection
  • Cockroach genomics
  • The evolution of eusociality in insects


"Mark C Harrison, Evelien Jongepier, Hugh M. Robertson, ...Xavier Belles, Judith Korb, Erich Bornberg-Bauer. "Cockroach and termite genomes elucidate evolutionary signatures of hemimetabolous eusociality". Submitted

Harrison, Mark C. "The influence of ploidy-specific expression on selection." Diss. Department of Genetics, 2016.

Harrison, Mark C., Robert L. Hammond, and Eamonn B. Mallon. "Reproductive workers show queenlike gene expression in an intermediately eusocial insect, the buff‐tailed bumble bee Bombus terrestris." Molecular ecology 24.12 (2015): 3043-3063.

Harrison, Mark C., Eamonn B. Mallon, Dave Twell, and Robert L. Hammond. "Deleterious mutation accumulation in Arabidopsis thaliana pollen genes: a role for a recent relaxation of selection." bioRxiv (2015): 016626.