Katrine Worsaae Lab

    My research group study evolution, development, morphology, functional adaptations and anatomy of marine macro- and meiofaunal invertebrates (annelids in particular). The three main focus areas of our research is 1) the organization and evolution of the early nervous system, 2) evolution of meiofauna (incl. theories on progenesis) and 3) evolution and adaptations to extreme habitats (e.g., deep sea, interstitial, anchialine caves).

    Our studies concerns macro- and meiofaunal Annelida (e.g., Osedax, Nerillidae, Psammodrilidae, Diurodrilidae, Histriobdellidae, Protodrilidae, Protodriloidae, Saccocirridae, Dinophilidae, Dorvilleidae, Aphroditformia) as well as the meiofaunal taxa Kinorhyncha, Gastrotricha, Micrognathozoa, Gnathostomulida and Enteropneusta. While some of these are cultured in our aquarium facilities most are collected at expeditions with subsequent extensive genetic and microscopical studies. 

    We integrate a range of scientific fields including comparative transcriptomics, morphology, systematics, taxonomy, and phylogenomics. Besides, we work with development and application of advanced bioimaging techniques such as microscopic video-recordings, SEM, TEM, immunohistochemistry, multi-stainings protocols, neuropeptides and CLSM, histology and advanced 3D computational modeling.

     

     

     

    • Evolutionary and developmental pathways (e.g. progenesis) to miniaturization and meiofauna
    • Evolution and development of nervous- and muscle systems
    • Phylogenomics, biogeography and systematics of segmented worms (Annelida) and meiofauna.
    • Morphological & molecular adaptations of marine invertebrates to extreme environments (e.g. anchialine caves, deep sea, Arctic, interstitial realm)
    • Bioimaging and molecular techniques such as EM, histology, immunohistochemistry, multi-staining protocols, CLSM, TEM and 3D computational modeling, molecular sequencing, total evidence phylogenetics, phylogenomics, transcriptomics and gene expression studies.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    PERSONAL INFORMATION
    Associate Professor, Marine Biological Section, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 

    Email: kworsaae@bio.ku.dk

    Researcher / Orchid ID: L-8739-2014/ 0000-0003-0443-4298
    Research gate: www.researchgate.net/profile/Katrine_Worsaae

    SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS

    • Evolutionary and developmental pathways (e.g. progenesis) to miniaturization and meiofauna
    • Evolution and development of nervous- and muscle systems
    • Phylogenomics, biogeography and systematics of segmented worms (Annelida) and meiofauna.
    • Morphological & molecular adaptations of marine invertebrates to extreme environments (e.g. anchialine caves, deep sea, Arctic, interstitial realm)
    • Bioimaging and molecular techniques such as EM, histology, immunohistochemistry, multi-staining protocols, CLSM, TEM and 3D computational modeling, molecular sequencing, total evidence phylogenetics, phylogenomics, transcriptomics and gene expression studies.

    EDUCATION

    2013           Leadership Course UC, Summit Consulting, Copenhagen, Denmark.

    2009           Course in pedagogy (250 hours): Higher education didactic program for assistant professors (AdjunktPædagogikum), University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

    2004           Ph.D. (Zoology), Natural History Museum, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

    2003-2004 Maternity leave with Lærke Worsaae Rask (born 9/10-03), 11 months.

    2000           Cand. Scient. [B.Sc & M.Sc.] (Zoology), Natural History Museum, University of Copenhagen.

    2000-2001   Maternity and sick leave with Runa Worsaae Rask (born 14/01-00), 11,5 months.

    PREVIOUS POSITIONS/ FELLOWSHIPS

    2009-2010  Associate Research Professor, Marine Biological Section, Univ. Copenhagen, DK. Tenure-track-like Freja fellowship, Faculty of Science; Univ. Copenhagen, DK. (349.700€).

    2007-2009  Assistant Research Professor, Marine Biological Section, Univ. Copenhagen, DK. Post doc Steno-fellowship & 'Young elite researcher award', Danish Independent Research Council; Univ. Copenhagen, DK (375.300€).

    2007           Monthly Columnist (Part time), Sunday Science section, Politiken (Danish major newspaper).

    2005-2006 Post doc research fellow, Natural History Museum (SNM), Univ. Copenhagen, DK (2x½year) & South Australian Museum & University of Adelaide, South Australia (1 year). Post doc Fellowship, Carlsberg Foundation (128.000€).

    SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

    2019           Daily group leadership of 11 people: Currently: 2 Postdocs, 1 Ph.D, 6 M.Sc’s., 2 B.Sc.

    2011-2018  Educated: 3 Postdocs & 6 Ph.d. & 19 M.Sc. and multiple bachelor students.

    Alexandra Kerbl (Postdoc 3 years, 2016-2019)
    Aléjandro Martinéz (Postdoc, 2 years, 2014-2015)
    Maikon Di Domenico (Postdoc, 2 years, 2014-2015)(Co-supervisor)
    Zandra Sigwardt (PhD student, 2016-present)(Co-supervisor)
    Alexandra Kerbl (PhD student, 2012-2016)
    Brett Gonzalez (PhD student, 2013-2017)
    Nicolas Bekkouche (PhD student, 2012-2016)
    Aléjandro Martinéz (PhD, 2009-2013)
    Maikon Di Domenico) (PhD, 2010-2014)(Co-supervisor)

    ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

    2017           Invited co-organizer of the symposium "Minute metazoans" at the 4th International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, Moscow, Russia.

    2016           Session chair at the European Evo-Devo meeting, Uppsala, Sweden.

    2014           Invited organizer of the symposium "Life cycle and nervous system" at the 3rd International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, Berlin, Germany.

    2011           Invited organizer of "Meiofauna symposium" at the 2nd Int. Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, Boston, USA.

    2008           Organizer of the 1th International Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, Copenhagen, DK.

    SELECTED COMMISSIONS OF TRUST & INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

    2013––       Research Associate, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

    2017––       Associate Editor, Journal: Invertebrate Systematics (CSIRO-publishing).

    2011––       Associate Editor, Journal: Acta Zoologica (Wiley-Blackwell).

    2020––       Editorial Board, Journal: Zoologica Scripta (Wiley)

    2020––       Topic Board, Journal: Diversity (MDPI)

    2011––       Editorial Board, Journal: Zoomorphology (Springer).

    2014––       Honoree treasurer, International Society for Invertebrate Morphology (ISIM).

    2016–2020 Board member, Strategic Research Committee, Depart. Biology, Univ. Copenhagen, DK.

    2015–2019 Board member, Communication Committee, Depart. Biology, Univ. Copenhagen, DK.

    2013, 2007 Single opponent, 2 PhD defenses, Gøteborg University. & Stockholm University, Sweden.

    2012           Chair, PhD evaluation committees, Tim Wollesen, Depart. Biology, Univ. Copenhagen, DK.

    INVITED TALKS since 2014

    2019           Invited speaker: Scalidophora Conference, Pontal, Brazil. Feb 2019

    2018           Invited speaker: Japan Agency Marine-Earth Science & Technology, Yokohama, Nov 201

    2017           Invited speaker: 4th Int. Congress on Invertebrate Morphology, Moscow, Aug 2017.

    2016           Invited speaker: European Evo-Devo meeting, Uppsala 2016.

    2016           Invited speaker: GfBS meeting, München, March 2016.

    2014           Invited speaker (with stud. N. Bekkouche): SICB meeting, Florida, Jan 2015.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    MAJOR GRANTS SINCE 2015- 

    2020-2023  PI on 2-year Marie-Curie fellowship (EU) for post doc Ekin Tilic                              207.312€

    2019-2020  co-PI on 4-year IPEV project “ Biodiversity of Crozet Islands”, 2 pers. at OP3 exped.    53.000€

    2018-2020  co-PI, Global Genome Initiative, Turks & Caicos cave expedition & nextgen seq. costs  25.880€

    2018-2021  PI on 2-year Marie-Curie fellowship (EU) for post doc Maria Herranz                         195.000€

    2017-2020  PI, DFF- FNU, Research project, “The essence of sex”                                                 346.700€

    2016           PI, Slide scanner system & software (Simon Fougner Hartmann Familiefond)                 47.075€

    2016-2017  PI, New lasers for CLSM (Carlsberg Foundation (CF), grant no. CF15_0946)                 33.625€

    2014-2015  Co-PI, Book on La Corona cave system, Lanzarote (Gov. of Lanzarote/ EU grant)          37.800€

    2014-2016  PI, Research project: Evolution in the dark (CF 2013_01_0501)                                      61.870€

    2011-2015  PI, Young Investigator Program (Villum Foundation, grant no. 102544)                        654.472€

     

     

    Regular Course organizer/developer & teacher

    • "Marine Faunistics, biology and systematics of marine fish and invertebrates". Dep. Biology, UC (MSc course, summer course).
    • "Marine Biology,Theme 2, Benthic fauna and conditions of the Ocean". Dep. Biology, UC (MSc course, 1. seskumester).

    Regular Course teacher

    • "Animal Morphology", UC (MSc. Course, BIO, Univ. Copenhagen, 4'th seskumester).
    • "Organismernes diversitet" (BSc. Course, BIO, Univ. Copenhagen, 1'th seskumester).
    • "Field Biology, Marine" (BSc. Course, BIO, Univ. Copenhagen, 4'th seskumester)
    • "Sensory Biology" (MSc. Course, BIO, Univ. Copenhagen, 3'th seskumester)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Research group

    Name Title Phone E-mail
    Katrine Worsaae Associate Professor +4535321987 E-mail
    Ole Bjørn Brodnicke PhD Fellow +4535333071 E-mail
    Cecilie Fryland Appeldorff Laboratory Technician +4535334287 E-mail
    Ekin Tilic Post doc +4535327271  E-mail
    Maria Herranz Matesanz Post doc   E-mail
    Jan Raeker Phd Stud   E-mail

    Bernhard Lawætz Andersen

    MSc stud   E-mail
    Tessa Brorly MSc stud   E-mail
    Eloïse Defourneaux MSc stud   E-mail
     

    Contact

    Associate Professor Katrine Worsaae
    Universitetsparken 4, 1st floor
    DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø

    Katrine Worsaae

    kworsaae@bio.ku.dk
    Phone: +45 35 300433
    Mobile: +45 41230073

    News

    Jiseon Park, Ewha Womens University visit our lab 28/2-4/3 2020 to study Interstitial Annelida.

    Welcome to new PhD student, Ole Bjørn Brodnicke - studying cryptic meiofauna & fishes in relation to coral reef degradation and connectivity.

    K. Worsaae & P.R. Møller participated in the IPEV/TAAF cruise to Crozet and Kerguelen Islands, Subantarctica 5/11 2019 -8/1 2020 - hunting down Micrognathozoa (under the Biodiversity project of D. Renault, Univ. Rennes).

    K. Worsaae, B. Gonzalez, A. Kerbl. M. Hansen presented results of our lab at the IPC 2019 conference, July LA, California.

    K. Worsaae, M. Allentoft-Hansen, Malte J. Hansen participated in the Okinawa cave expedition 31/5-12/6 2019 at the Sesoko marine Lab, together with Yoshihisa Fujita and J. Olesen and colleagues.

    Patricia Alvarez visit our lab 29/4-1/5.

    K. Worsaae gave an interview to Universitetsavisen: Katrine Worsaaes double life above and below water

    Welcome to Maria Herranz! Marie Curie Post doc at the K. Worsaae labs 2019-2021 - working on Kinorhyncha evolution and segmentation.