Lai Ka Lo

Postdoctoral Researcher

Research interests


  • Ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions
  • Insect immune defences
  • Disease and social dynamics



Lo, L. K.*, Reshma, R.*, Tewes, L. J.*, Milutinović, B., Müller, C., & Kurtz, J. (2022). Immune stimulation via wounding alters chemical profiles of adult Tribolium castaneum. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 1-13.

Korša, A., Lo, L. K.*, Gandhi, S.*, Bang, C., & Kurtz, J. (2022). Oral immune priming alters microbiome composition in the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum. Frontiers in Microbiology. 13, 793143-793143.

Schulz, N. K. E., Mohamed, F. F., Lo, L. K., Peuß, R., de Buhr, M. F., & Kurtz, J. (2022). Paternal knockdown of tRNA (cytosine-5-)-methyltransferase (Dnmt2) increases offspring susceptibility to infection in red flour beetles. Insect Molecular Biology, 31(6), 711-721.

Vommaro, M. L., Donato, S., Lo, L. K., Brandmayr, P., & Giglio, A. (2022). Anatomical study of the red flour beetle using synchrotron radiation X‐ray phase‐contrast micro‐tomography. Journal of Anatomy.

Giglio, A., Vommaro, M. L., Agostino, R. G., Lo, L. K., & Donato, S. (2022). Exploring Compound Eyes in Adults of Four Coleopteran Species Using Synchrotron X-ray Phase-Contrast Microtomography (SR-PhC Micro-CT). Life. 12, 741.

Moran, N. P., Caspers, B. A., Chakarov, N., Ernst, U. R., Fricke, C., Kurtz, J., Lilie, N. D., Lo, L. K., Müller, C., R, R., Takola, E., Trimmer, P.C. van Benthem, K. J., Winternitz, J & Wittmann, M. J. (2022). Shifts between cooperation and antagonism driven by individual variation: a systematic synthesis review. Oikos.

Zanchi, C., Lo, L. K.*, Reshma, R.*, Moritz, I., Kurtz, J., & Müller, C. (2021). Survival of the sawfly Athalia rosae upon infection by an entomopathogenic fungus and in relation to clerodanoid
uptake. Frontiers in Physiology, 12.

Vos, M., Sibleyras, L., Lo, L. K., Hesse, E., Gaze, W., & Klümper, U. (2020). Zinc can counteract selection for ciprofloxacin resistance. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 367(3), fnaa038.

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Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
Hans-Knöll-Straße 8,
07745 Jena

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Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology

Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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