Max Planck Research Group on Plant Foods in Hominin Dietary Ecology


Jörg Watzke Bio    CV    Publications

Overview:

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)