Our research is focused on the systematic and comparative use of genomic and high-throughput experimental data to extract genomic signals of diversity that correlate molecular changes with their evolutionary impacts in animals. Our primary area of interest is the evolution of mammals and other vertebrates, but model organisms of additional taxonomic groups, including Caenorhabditis, Amphimedon, and Giardia, are also featured in my group’s work on comparisons of metazoan diversity. Moreover, as an offshoot of the use of retrotransposons as phylogenetic markers, we are keenly interested in demonstrating to the molecular evolution community that computational tools alone are not necessarily sufficient for resolving controversial evolutionary questions. Successful, unambiguous resolutions are often possible only when the results of computational searches are extensively verified with experimental work.

Genome Biology special issue: Transpsable elements in genome evolution

New Paper

News: Journal of Hereidity  "NewickTreeModifier: a simple web tool to prune and modify Newick trees"




New Paper

News: Genes  "Homoplasy of Retrotransposon Insertions in Toothed Whales"



News: Systematic Biology - Cover Story -  "A 4-lineage statistical suite to evaluate the support of large-scale retrotransposn insertion data to reconstruct evolutionary trees"


News: Systematic Biology - Cover Story - "Reunion of Australasian Possums by Shared SINE Insertions"


News: Genes Special Issue"paPAML: An Improved Computational Tool to Explore
Selection Pressure on Protein-Coding Sequences"


News: Genomics  "ExoPLOT: Representation of alternative splicing in human tissues and
developmental stages with transposed element (TE) involvement"



PD Dr. Juergen Schmitz Institute of Experimental Pathology (ZMBE) University of Muenster Von-Esmarch-Str. 56 D-48149 Muenster, GermanyTel +49 251 8353066 email: jueschm@uni-muenster.deResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Juergen_SchmitzCRIS: https://www.uni-muenster.de/forschungaz/person/13022MGSE: http://www.uni-muenster.de/Evolution/mgse/