Astrid Böhne

Universität Basel,
Zoologisches Institut
Vesalgasse 1
CH-4051 Basel


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Astrid Böhne

PostDoc in the group of Walter Salzburger.

Current research

Sex determination is one of the most crucial decisions in an organism‘s development with a variety of morphological and behavioral consequences. My research focuses on the genetic basis of this decision and the evolution of sex-determining systems, especially in fish. Fish are the most successful vertebrate group in terms of species numbers. I am interested in understanding how this diversity could evolve and how newly evolving sex-determining systems are coupled to the process of speciation.

Curriculum vitae

Born 1982 in Castrop-Rauxel, Germany
Since 2011 Postdoctoral fellow with Walter Salzburger, University of Basel, Switzerland
2007-2010 PhD in Life Science with Prof. Jean-Nicolas Volff, Evolutionary Genomics of Vertebrates, ENS Lyon, France
2001-2007 Study of Biology, University of Würzburg, Germany



  • Volff JN, Selz Y, Hoffmann C, Froschauer A, Schultheis C, Schmidt C, Zhou Q, Bernhardt W, Hanel R, Böhne A, Brunet F, Ségurens B, Couloux A, Bernard-Semain S, Barbe V, Ozouf-Costaz C, Galiana D, Lohse MJ, Schartl M (2013) Gene amplification and functional diversification of Melanocortin 4 receptor at an extremely polymorphic locus controlling sexual maturation in the platyfish. Genetics, (Epub ahead of print).
  • Böhne A, Heule C, Boileau N, Salzburger W. 2013. Expression and sequence evolution of aromatase cyp19a1 and other sexual development genes in East African cichlid fishes. Mol Biol Evol, 30(10):2268-2285.
  • Böhne A, Zhou Q, Darras A, Schmidt C, Schartl M, Galiana-Arnoux D, Volff JN (2011) Zisupton – a novel superfamily of DNA transposable elements recently active in fish. Mol Biol Evol, 29(2):631-645.
  • Böhne A, Darras A, D'Cotta H, Baroiller JF, Galiana-Arnoux D, Volff JN (2010) The vertebrate makorin ubiquitin ligase gene family has been shaped through large duplications and retrotransposition from an ancestral gonad-specific, maternal-effect gene. BMC Genomics, 11(1):721.
  • Zhou Q, Braasch I, Froschauer A, Böhne A, Schultheis C, Schartl M, Volff JN (2010) A novel marker for the platyfish (Xiphophorus maculatus) W chromosome is derived from a Polinton transposon. J Genetics Genomics, 37(3): 181-188.
  • Böhne A, Schultheis C, Galiana-Arnoux D, Froschauer A, Zhou Q, Schmidt C, Selz Y, Ozouf-Costaz C, Dettai A, Ségurens B, Couloux A, Bernard-Samain S, Barbe V, Chilmonczyk S, Brunet F, Darras A, Tomaszkiewicz M, Sémon M, Schartl M, Volff JN (2009) Molecular analysis of the sex chromosomes of the platyfish Xiphophorus maculatus: towards the identification of a new type of master sexual regulator in vertebrates. Int Zool, 4 (3): 277-284.
  • Schultheis C, Böhne A, Schartl M, Volff JN, Galiana-Arnoux D (2009) Sex determination diversity and sex chromosome evolution in poeciliid fish. Sex Dev, 3 (2-3): 68-77.
  • Böhne A, Brunet F, Galiana-Arnoux D, Schultheis C, Volff JN (2008) Transposable elements as drivers of genomic and biological diversity in vertebrates. Chromosome Res, 16 (1):203-15.
  • Böhne A, Schultheis C, Zhou Q, Froschauer A, Schmidt C, Selz Y, Ozouf-Costaz C, Dettai A, Ségurens B, Couloux A, Bernard-Samain S, Chilmonczyk S, Gannouni A, Madani K, Brunet F, Galiana-Arnoux D, Schartl M, Volff JN (2008) Identification of new gene candidates on the sex chromosomes of the platyfish Xiphophorus maculates. Cybium, 32 (2): 69-71.

Book chapters

  • Volff JN, Brunet F, Böhne A, Galiana-Arnoux D (2011) Evolution of fish genomes. In Farrell AP, Cech JJ, Richards JG, Stevens ED, Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology: From Genome to Environment (San Diego: Elsevier Inc.).
  • Schartl M, Galiana-Arnoux D, Schultheis C, Böhne A, Volff JN (2011) A primer on sex determination in poeciliids. Chapter 24 in Pilastro A, Evans J, Schlupp I, Ecology and Evolution of Poeciliid Fishes (University of Chicago Press).
  • Böhne A, Galiana-Arnoux D, Schultheis C, Brunet F, Volff JN (2009) Seafood Genomics. Chapter 4 in Nollet LML, Toldra F, Handbook of Seafood and Seafood Products Analysis (CRC Press).

Research grants

2012 Postdoctoral research fellowship of the Volkswagen Science Foundation
2011/2012 Seed money Forschungsfond University Basel
2011 Postdoctoral fellowship of the DAAD (German academic exchange service) and Research Fund, University of Basel
2007-2009 PhD grant European mobility of the French Ministry for Education, Research and Technology
2004-2005 Erasmus grant for a research stay at the department of Genetics, University of Barcelona, Spain