Sabine Hänniger & Astrid Groot

Sabine Hänniger is a teacher by training. She finished her PhD thesis on isolation barriers in Spodoptera frugiperda in 2015. Currently she works on different genome editing projects in moths at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology.


Astrid Groot’s main research question is how sexual attraction is involved in the initial divergence of populations, and thus the first step in speciation. Since sexual attraction can directly lead to assortative mating, her group at the University of Amsterdam aims to understand which genes are involved in within-species variation and which factors may cause variation in sexual attraction.

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