Thomas Bosch



  • Fellow
  • Humans & the Microbiome


  • University of Kiel


  • Germany


PhD (Natural Sciences), University of Munich
BSc (Biology), University of Munich


Thomas Bosch is an evolutionary developmental biologist. His research explores the intricate interactions within metaorganisms in a simple model system, the non-senescent cnidarian Hydra.
Cnidarians represent a key transition in the evolution of animal complexity. To study them is therefore critical to our understanding of the origins of developmental mechanisms and their role in more complex organisms including humans; and also to our understanding of the impact of environmental factors, such as microbial interactions, on host performance.

Relevant Publications

Gilbert, S.F., T.C.G. Bosch, and C. Ledón-Rettig. “Eco-Evo-Devo: developmental symbiosis and developmental plasticity as evolutionary agents.” Nature Reviews Genetics 16, no. 10 (2015): 611–22.

Bosch, T.C.G. "Rethinking the role of immunity: lessons from Hydra." Trends in Immunology 35, no. 10 (2014): 495–502.

Bosch, T.C.G. "Cnidarian-Microbe Interactions and the Origin of Innate Immunity in Metazoans." Ann Rev Microbiol 67 (2013): 499–518.

Bosch, T.C.G., and M. McFall-Ngai. "Metaorganisms as the new frontier." Zoology. 114 (2011): 185–90.

Franzenburg, S. et al. "Distinct antimicrobial tissue activity shapes host species-specific bacterial associations." Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 110, no. 39 (2013): E3730–E3738.


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