Max Planck Research Group on Plant Foods in Hominin Dietary Ecology

Jörg Watzke Bio    CV    Publications


Based on my biochemistry education in the university in Halle and the working experience at the water cluster in Lunz am See (Lower Austria), I am very experienced with creative lab organization, administration and project management in ecological and biochemical research. I am trained in the set up and operation of analytical instruments to separate, identify, and quantify lipid classes (HPLC-ELSD) and fatty acids (GC-FID, MS), as well as in methods for gene expression analysis (RNA-genetics, RT-PCR), and in microscopy protocols for the identification for the limnology food web. My research interests are based on food web research at the plant-animal-interface and the uptake and synthesis of essential biomolecules in organisms.

Education and Work Experience:

1987 – 1999 school education in Görlitz, finished with matriculation standard
2001 – 2003 basic study period in biochemistry at MLU Halle
2003 – 2005 main study period in biochemistry at MLU Halle subjects: biochemistry, organic chemistry, plant physiology, ecology and analytic
2005 – 2006 diploma thesis: "Innate Immunity in embryos of zebrafish (danio rerio): In-vitro test development as proof for the immune modulation of environmental toxins." (UFZ, Leipzig), Department of Cell Toxicology
2006 diploma in biochemistry
2007 – 2011 head of laboratory at water cluster in Lunz (WKL), aquatic lipid and ecotoxicology research group (Dr. Martin Kainz): lab management, lipid analytics, field work, molecular biology, microscopy, lab experiments
2011 – 2016 lab technician of the Max Planck Research Group: "Plant foods in hominin dietary ecology": lab management, plant data base organization, organic residue analysis, microscopy, lab methods development, nutrient analysis

Participation in projects:

2013 Processing South African plants for study of their nutritional quality
2012-2014 Respiration tests, starch extraction and quantification (Starch degradation in sediments)
2011-2012 Analysis of microfossils in faunal calculus from 'Ubediya
2011 Extraction of phytoliths for study of mechanical properties - Lucas et al. 2013
2011-2016 Starch and Phytolith descriptions for the Modern plant reference database
2007-2011 Annual sampling and analysis of the planktonic food web at Lake Lunz
2010 Finland sampling campaign - LAPBIAT-EU funded project
2010 Cultivation of algae and zooplankton, FWF-project "LIPTEMP"
2009-2010 Biotests and lipid analysis - Mariash et al. 2010
2009 Sampling campaign, PhD-project of Mathieu F.
2008-2009 Stable isotope analysis - Brett et al. 2009 (PNAS)
2008 Lipid analytics - Schultz S.
2008 Lipid analysis - Hall et al. 2010 (Functional Ecology)