Birgit Fuchs


Birgit_FuchsMy profound interest in mechanisms between functions of living beings and the resulting phenotypes and behaviour awoke when I worked in the VHF laboratory within my bachelor degree. Besides the basis modules, I started with one project module and ended up working at the lab for around two years in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Joseph I. Hoffman. The results of this work were the basis of my bachelor thesis.

Previous Research and Other Interests

During my bachelor’s, I realized how much genetics and the possibilities of current research methods fascinate me. Therefore, I decided to pursue this path by starting the master course ‘Genome Based Systems in Biology’ at the University Bielefeld. I am now starting my master’s thesis and I am delighted to be working in the Hoffman Lab.


Prof. Dr. Joseph I. Hoffman, University of Bielefeld

Curriculum Vitae
  • 2017 – Present: MSc Genome Based Systems in Biology, University Bielefeld
  • 2012 – 2017: BSc Biology, University Bielefeld


Peters, L., Humble, E., Kröcker, N., Fuchs, B., Forcada, J., & Hoffman, J. I. (2016). Born blonde: a recessive loss-of-function mutation in the melanocortin 1 receptor is associated with cream coat coloration in Antarctic fur seals. Ecology and Evolution, 5705-5717

Hoffman, J.I., Bauer, E., Paijmans, A.P., Humble, E., Beckmann, L.M., Kubetschek, C., Christaller, F., Kröcker, N., Fuchs, B., Moreras, A., Shihlomule, Y., Bester, M.N., Cleary, A.C., De Bruyn, P.J.N., Forcada, J., Goebel, M.E., Goldsworthy, S.D., Guinet, C., Hoelzel, A.R., Lydersen, C., Kovaks, K.M., Lowther, A. (2018) A global cline in a colour polymorphism suggests a limited contribution of gene flow towards the recovery of a heavily exploited marine mammal. Royal Society Open Science5: 181227.  Doi: 10.1098/rsos.181227. 2

Contact Details

Birgit Fuchs
e: birgit-fuchs-92[at]