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Evelyn Schwager


Evelyn Schwager

Evelyn Schwager joined the lab as a postdoc in January 2009. She did her Ph.D. work in the lab of Wim Damen in Cologne, Germany, where she has worked on the molecular mechanisms of segmentation in spiders. Her current project is to provide a description of spider germ line development using molecular markers and to study the function of conserved germ line markers in these animals.

Evelyn was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG).


Sharma, P.P., Gupta, T., Schwager, E.E., Wheeler, W., and Extavour C.G. Subdivision of arthropod cap-n-collar expression domains is restricted to Mandibulata. EvoDevo 5(1): 3 (2014)

Sharma, P.P., Schwager, E.E., Giribet, G.G., Jockusch, E. and Extavour, C. Distal-less and dachshund pattern both plesiomorphic and derived structures in chelicerates: RNA interference in the harvestman Phalangium opilio (Opiliones) Evolution and Development 15(4): 228-242 (2013)

oskar Predates the Evolution of Germ Plasm in Insects. Ewen-Campen, B., Srouji, J.R., Schwager, E.E. and Extavour, C.G. Current Biology 22(23): 2278-2283 (2012). Read more in the Harvard Gazette and a Dispatch in Current Biology. Recommended by the Faculty of 1000.

Evolution of the chelicera: a dachshund domain is retained in the deutocerebral appendage of Opiliones (Arthropoda, Chelicerata). Sharma, P.P., Schwager, E.E., Extavour, C. G. and Giribet, G. Evolution and Development 14(6): 522-533 (2012)

Hox gene expression in the harvestman Phalangium opilio reveals divergent patterning of the chelicerate opisthosoma. Sharma, P.P., Schwager, E.E., Extavour, C. G. and Giribet, G.Evolution and Development 14(5): 450-463 (2012)

Divergent role of the Hox gene Antennapedia in spiders is responsible for the convergent evolution of abdominal limb repression. Khadjeh, S., Turetzek, N., Pechmann, M., Schwager, E.E., Wimmer, E.A., Damen, W.G., Prpic, N.M.Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 109(13):4921-6 (2012)

The molecular machinery of germ line specification. Ewen-Campen, B.*, Schwager, E.E.*, Extavour, C. Molecular Reproduction and Development. 77(1): 3-18 (2010). (* equal author contribution)

hunchback functions as a gap gene during anterior segmentation in the spider Achaearanea tepidariorumSchwager E.E., Pechmann M., Feitosa N.M., McGregor A.P. and Damen W.G.M. Current Biology 19(16): 1333-40 (2009)

An ancestral regulatory network for posterior development in arthropods. McGregor, A.P.; Pechmann, M.; Schwager, E.E. and Damen, W.G.M. Communicative & Integrative Biology vol. 2(2): 174-176 (2009)

Dynamic gene expression is required for anterior regionalization in a spider. Pechmann M, McGregor A.P., Schwager E.E., Feitosa N.M., Damen W.G.. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 106(5):1468-72 (2009)

Wnt8 is required for growth-zone establishment and development of opisthosomal segments in a spider. McGregor A.P., Pechmann M., Schwager E.E., Feitosa N.M., Kruck S., Aranda M., Damen W.G.. Current Biology 18(20):1619-23. (2008)

Cupiennius salei and Achaeranea tepidariorum: spider models for investigating evolution and development. McGregor, A. P., Hilbrant, M., Pechmann, M., Schwager, E. E., Prpic, N.-M. and Damen, W. G. M.. BioEssays 30(5) 487-498 (2008)

Duplicated Hox genes in the spider Cupiennius salei. Frontiers in Zoology. Schwager, E. E., Schoppmeier, M., Pechmann, M. and Damen, W. G. M. Frontiers in Zoology 4:10 doi:10.1186/1742-9994-4-10 (2007)