Dr. Christoph Schomburg

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Bild: Christoph Schomburg
Schomburg, Christoph
Universität Kassel
FB 10 / Institut für Biologie
Fachgebiet Botanik
Heinrich-Plett-Straße 40
34132 Kassel
AVZ II, 2. OG, Raum 2191

Research Interests

NFDI4BioDiversity is a consortium of 49 partners dedicated to deliver practical tools for researchers and improve data availability for environmental studies/ecology. We are part of a greater network within the German National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), which is funded through a 10-year-programme of the Joint Science Minister Conference in Germany (GWK). Starting in October 2020, the first funding phase runs for five years until September 2025. These pages present our initial proposal and will subsequently be updated with information on our activities and the services we deliver. 
Biodiversity is more than just the diversity of living species. It includes genetic and phenotypic diversity of organisms, functional diversity, interactions and the diversity of populations and whole ecosystems. The recent Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report confirmed that our planet experiences a rapid loss of biodiversity with dramatic consequences for mankind. Answers to scientifically and societal relevant questions can only be found based on the availability of data integrated from multiple sources and building on different knowledge domains in science and society. The FAIR data principles provide a framework towards such integration.

Scientific career

  • Since 2021 PostDoc, Department of Botany, University Kassel
  • 2018-2020 PostDoc, Department of Zoology, Justus-Liebig-University Gießen
  • 2017-2018 PostDoc, Department of Zoology, Georg-August-University Göttingen
  • 2013-2017 PhD Student, Department of Zoology, Georg-August-University Göttingen
  • 2007-2013 B.Sc./M.Sc. Georg-August-University Göttingen


  • Schomburg C, Turetzek N, Prpic N-M. (2020) Candidate gene screen for potential interaction partners and regulatory targets of the Hox gene labial in the spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum. Dev. Genes. Evol. 230, 105-120. doi: 10.1007/s00427-020-00656-7 
  • Schacht* MI, Schomburg* C (*equal first authors), Bucher G. (2020) six3 acts upstream of foxQ2 in labrum neural development in the spider Parasteatoda tepiodariorum. Dev. Genes Evol. 230, 95-104. doi: 10.1007/s00427-020-00654-9
  • Schomburg C., Turetzek N., Schacht M.I., Schneider J., Kirfel P., Prpic N.-M., Posnien N. (2015). Molecular characterization and embryonic origin of the eyes in the common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum. EvoDevo 6, 15. doi: 10.1186/s13227-015-0011-9
  • Turetzek N, Kadjeh S, Schomburg C, Prpic N-M. (2017) Rapid diversification of homothorax expression patterns after gene duplication in spiders. BMC Evol. Biol. 17, 168. doi: 10.1186/s12862-017-1013-0 
  • Turetzek N., Pechmann M., Schomburg C., Schneider J., Prpic N.-M. (2016). Neofunctionalization of a Duplicate dachshund Gene Underlies the Evolution of a Novel Leg Segment in Arachnids. Mol Biol Evol 33, 109–121. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msv200