Prof. Dr. Emanuel Heitlinger

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Junior professorship (IZW/HU)

Junior Professorship Parasite Host Interactions

Leibniz-Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung (IZW)
im Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.
Alfred-Kowalke-Straße 17
10315 Berlin

Tel:       0049 (0) 30 5168 234
Research interests
  • Parasit-Wirt-Interaktionen/ Parasite-host interactions
  • Hochdurchsatz-Sequenzierung/ High-throughput sequencing
  • Kreuzinfektion/ Cross infection
  • Meta-Barcoding Methode/ Metabarcoding method
  • Ökologie von Parasitengemeinschaften/ Ecology of parasite communities
  • Parasitenfauna bei Hyänen und Wölfen/ Parasite fauna in hyena and wolves
  • Maus-Parasit Eimeria/ Mouse parasite Eimeria 

Epigenetic stability and plasticity of social environmental effects

Behaviour, ecology and health of spotted hyenas in the Serengeti National Park

Eimeria and other pathogens in a house mouse hybrid zone

Metabarcoding analyses of parasite community ecology


Balard A, Jarquín-Díaz VH, Jost J, Martincová I, Ďureje L, Piálek J, Macholán M, de Bellocq JG, Baird SJE, Heitlinger E (2020): Intensity of infection with intracellular Eimeria spp. and pinworms is reduced in hybrid mice compared to parental subspecies. J EVOL BIOL 33, 435–448. doi:10.1111/jeb.13578

Balard A, Jarquín-Díaz VH, Jost J, Mittné V, Böhning F, Ďureje L, Piálek J, Heitlinger E (2020): Coupling between tolerance and resistance for two related Eimeria parasite species. ECOL EVOL 10, 13938–13948. doi:10.1002/ece3.6986

Gerhard AP, Krücken J, Heitlinger E, Janssen IJI, Basiaga M, Kornaś S, Beier C, Nielsen MK, Davis RE, Wang J, von Samson-Himmelstjerna G (2020): The P-glycoprotein repertoire of the equine parasitic nematode Parascaris univalens. SCI REP 10, 13586. doi:10.1038/s41598-020-70529-6

Jarquín-Díaz VH, Balard A, Mácová A, Jost J, von Szepesbéla TR, Berktold K, Tank S, Kvičerová J, Heitlinger E (2020): Generalist Eimeria species in rodents: Multilocus analyses indicate inadequate resolution of established markers. ECOL EVOL 10, 1378–1389. doi:10.1002/ece3.5992

Ahmed N, Heitlinger E, Affinass N, Kühl AA, Xenophontos N, Jarquin VH, Jost J, Steinfelder S, Hartmann S (2019): A novel non-invasive method to detect RELM beta transcript in gut barrier related changes during a gastrointestinal nematode infection. FRONT IMMUNOL 10, 445. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2019.00445

Jarquín-Díaz VH, Balard A, Jost J, Kraft J, Dikmen MN, Kvičerová J, Heitlinger E (2019): Detection and quantification of house mouse Eimeria at the species level – challenges and solutions for the assessment of coccidia in wildlife. INT J PARASITOL-PARASIT WILDL 10, 29–40. doi:10.1016/j.ijppaw.2019.07.004

Lesniak I, Heckmann I, Franz M, Greenwood AD, Heitlinger E, Hofer H, Krone O (2018): Recolonizing gray wolves increase parasite infection risk in their prey. ECOL EVOL 8, 2160–2170. doi:10.1002/ece3.3839

Ehret T, Spork, Dieterich C, Lucius R, Heitlinger E (2017): Dual RNA-seq reveals no plastic transcriptional response of the coccidian parasite Eimeria falciformis to host immune defenses. BMC GENOMICS 18, 686. doi:10.1186/s12864-017-4095-6

Heitlinger E, Ferreira SC, Thierer D, Hofer H, East ML (2017): The intestinal eukaryote and bacterial biome of spotted hyenas: the impact of social status and age on diversity and composition. FRONT CELL INFECT MICROBIOL 7, 262. doi:10.3389/fcimb.2017.00262

Lesniak I, Heckmann I, Heitlinger E, Szentiks CA, Nowak C, Harms V, Jarausch A, Reinhardt I, Kluth G, Hofer H, Krone O (2017): Population expansion and individual age affect endoparasite richness and diversity in a recolonizing large carnivore population. SCI REP 7, 41730. doi:10.1038/srep41730