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Dr Alexandra Kerbl

Dr Alexandra Kerbl

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 Living Systems Institute 


Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QD


I am an engaged and enthusiastic morphologist by training, with focus on nervous systems and the mechanisms underlying their development, functionality and evolution. I am eager to embrace and modify novel (morphological, molecular and computational) techniques and protocols to approach new questions and challenges, so far focusing on mainly annelids and molluscs, but interested n all animals, tissues and materials. Most recently, I am integrating serial TEM-and CLSM-data to reconstruct the entire nervous system on the connectome-le-vel in a microscopic annelid, thus combining ultrastructural data with immunohistochemical labeling to test functional hypotheses.


Bakk. phil. in journalism and communication studies, Mag. rer. nat. in Biology, PhD in Biology   



November 2019 – May 2021 Annelid Curator at CeNak - Zoological Museum Hamburg, DE

March 2016 – August 2019 Postdoc at the Marine Biological Section, University of Copenhagen, DK (Core responsibilities: establishing protocols for fixation and further treatment of research specimens (microscopic marine worms) for electron microscopy and immunohistochemistry, reconstructing the nervous system, mapping of specific immunoreactivity patterns, maintaining cultures of research animals, supervising student projects (BSc, MSc), introducing visiting academia to lab equipment and protocols, maintaining lab supplies, helping in organizing and conducting teaching (BSc, MSc-courses)

November 2012 – February 2016 PhD-student at Marine Biological Section, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

July 2011 – October 2012 Student research assistant at the Core Facility for Imaging and Ultrastructural Studies, University of Vienna, AUT

October 2006 – March 2012 Diploma study in Zoology, University of Vienna, AUT

October 2006 – November 2009 Bakkalaurea study in Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Vienna, AUT













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