Molecular Physiology

Christine Fink


Phone: +49 431 880-2578
Telefax: +49 431 880-4197

Short CV

  • since 2012
Postdoc, Kiel University, Germany
  • 2008 - 2012
PhD student, Kiel University, Germany
  Thesis: "Die Architektur des intestinalen Immunsystems der Taufliege Drosophila melanogaster"
  • 7/2009 - 7/2010      
Maternal leave
  • 2002 - 2008
Diploma studies in Biology, Kiel University, Germany
  Thesis: "Der Einfluss des Hungerns auf die Transkriptionsaktivität isolierter Organe der Taufliege Drosophila melanogaster"

Research topics

Based on results of my phD thesis I am investiganting the epithelial immune response in the fruit flys intestine. Especially the interaction between the microbiome and the host is not fully understood yet. Beside the classical antimicrobial peptide response via NF-kB pathways (Toll & Imd), I am interested in the DUOX response mechanisms that not only effects invading pathogens but even also the own microbiome. I want to understand how the host-microbiome-homeostatis is staying in balance.

Furthermore I am working with the airway epithelium of Drosophila. I am investiganting different epithelial phenotypes in the fly that model lifestyle diseases like  Asthma, COPD & lung cancer and try to investigate the underlying cell signalling mechanism that may cause the typical disease-like phenotypes. One major aspect is to test the influence of human suceptibility genes in the fly model to further investigate targets for a better treatment of this diseases.


2016  Li Y, Hoffmann J, Li Y, Stephano F, Bruchhaus I, Fink C, Roeder T. Octopamine controls starvation resistance, life span and metabolic traits in Drosophila. Scientific Reports, accepted for publication

2016  Fink C, Hoffmann J, Knop M, Li Y, Isermann K, Roeder T. Intestinal FoxO signaling is required to survive oral infection in Drosophila. Mucosal Immunol. advance online publication

2016  Fink C, Roeder T. How well do surrogate hosts serve as model systems for understanding pathogenicity. Advances in Environmental   Microbiology, Ed. CJ Hurst.

2015  El-Kholy S, Stephano F, Li Y, Bhandari A, Fink C, Roeder T. Expression analysis of octopamine and tyramine receptors in Drosophila. Cell &   Tiss Res 361(3):669-684

2015  Oldefest M, Düsterhoft S, Desel C, Thysen S, Fink C, Rabe B, Lories R, Grötzinger J, Lorenzen I. Secreted Frizzled‐related Protein 3 (sFRP3)‐  mediated suppression of Interleukin‐6   receptor release by A disintegrin and metalloprotease 17 (ADAM17) is abrogated in the   osteoarthritisassociated rare double variant of sFRP3. Biochem J 468(3):507-518.

2015  Li Y, Fink C, El-Kholy S, Roeder T. The octopamine receptor octß2R is essential for ovulation and fertilization in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Arch Insect   Biochemistry & Physiology 88:168-178.

2014  Fink C, Schukies S, von Frieling J, Roeder T. Molekulare Analyse aminerger Signalwege im ZNS der Taufliege. Biospektrum 06.2014: 636-639.

2014  Faisal MN, Hoffmann J, El-Kholy S, Kallsen K, Wagner C, Bruchhaus I, Fink C, Roeder T. Transcriptional regionalization of the fruit fly’s airway epithelium. PLoS one 9:   e102534.

2013  Fink C, Staubach F, Kuenzel S, Baines JF, Roeder T. Non-invasive analysis of microbiome dynamics in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.  Appl Environ Microbiol. 79:6984-6988.

2013  Hoffmann J, Romey R, Fink C, Yong, L, Roeder T . Overexpression of Sir2 in the adult fat body is sufficient to extend lifespan of male and f  emale   Drosophila. Aging 5: 315-327.

2013  Hoffmann J, Romey R, Fink C, Roeder T. Drosophila as a model to study metabolic disorders.  Adv Biochem Eng Biotechnol. 135: 41-61.
2006  von Wurmb-Schwark N, Mályusz V, Fremdt H, Koch C, Simeoni E, Schwark T. Fast and simple DNA extraction from saliva and sperm cells obtained from the skin or isolated from   swabs. Leg Med (Tokyo). May;8(3):177-81. Epub 2006 Mar 3