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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299

Vincent Maibach

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

phone: +49 341 3550 213
e-mail: vincent_maibach@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

I started my PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in September 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Linda Vigilant. My project investigates the major histocompatibility complex (MHC), one of the most gene dense and diverse regions within higher vertebrates, which plays a critical role in the mammalian immune response, in different great ape species. My first goal is to use high-throughput sequencing to characterize MHC variation in wild-born representatives of the various subspecies of chimpanzees as well as the little-studied bonobo and infer the timing of a pathogen-induced loss of MHC diversity and how this potential loss influences the MHC based immunity in those species today. I will then use noninvasively collected DNA to extend characterization of the MHC to members of wild social communities and compare diversity within and across social groups, forest blocks, and subspecies to investigate social and ecological correlates of MHC diversity.