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.


Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin / Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin, 2018
Koshland Lecture Award, University of Chicago, USA, 2014 
Carl-Friedrich-von-Siemens Foundation Lecture, Munich, 2010
Doctor „honoris causa“ from St. Petersburg State University, Russia, 2004 
Feodor Lynen Fellowship (Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation), 1986





Relevant Publications

Rees, T., Bosch, T., & Douglas, A.E. (2018). How the Microbiome Challenges our Concept of Self. PLoS Biology, 16(2). Doi:
Augustin, R., Schröder, K., Murillo Rincón, A.P., Fraune, S.,…& Bosch, T. (2017). A secreted antibacterial neuropeptide shapes the microbiome in Hydra. Nature Communications, 8(1), 698. DOI: 10.1038/s41467-017-00625-1

Murillo-Rincon, A.P., Klimovich, A., Pemöller, E., Taubenheim, J., Augustin, R., & Bosch, T. (2017). Spontaneous body contractions are modulated by the microbiome of Hydra. Scientific Reports, 7(1). Doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-16191-x

Gilbert, S.F., Bosch, T.C. & Ledón-Rettig, C. (2015). Eco-Evo-Devo: developmental symbiosis and developmental plasticity as evolutionary agents. Nature Reviews Genetics, 16(10), 611–22. DOI:

Bosch, T.C., & McFall-Ngai, M.J. (2011). Metaorganisms as the new frontier. Zoology, 114(4), 185–90. DOI:


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