LOEWE Center for
Insect Biotechnology
& Bioresources

Björn M Von Reumont


Group leader

Phone: +49 641 99-39503

Email: Bjoern.Reumont@agrar.uni-giessen.de

Room: 2.40

Building: TIG


Since 04/2018

Research associate and group leader in animal venomics at Institute for Insect Biotechnology, University of Gießen

Since 10/2015

Scientific associate at the Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom

10/2015 – 03/2018

Research associate (“Assistant Professor”) and group leader at Institute of Biology

01/2015 – 07/2015

Postdoc at the Center for Molecular Biodiversity at the Researchmuseum Koenig, Bonn, Germany

11/2014 – 01/2015

Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom

10/2012 – 09/2014 Postdoc at the Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom
02/2010 – 06/2012

Postdoc at the Researchmuseum Koeing, Bonn, Germany

10/2005 – 01/2010

PhD thesis at the Researchmuseum Koenig, Bonn, Rheinishce-Friedrich-Wilhelms University of Bonn: “Molecular insights to crustacean phylogeny“

10/1999 – 03/2004 Diplom in Biology (Zoology, Cell Biology, Chemistry)

Student theses

• Stefan Drukewitz, PhD thesis: “Comparative venom evolution of robber flies”, since Apr 2016

• Robin Jauss, Master thesis: “Prey specificity of robber flies (Asilidae) tested with an applied metagenomics approach for intestinal and gut tissue”, since Apr 2018


Grants and funding (only for projects)

• DFG grant RE-3454/6-1): „Venom variation and evolution in social and solitary aculeate hymenopterans by transcriptomics, proteomics and genomics. Project starting in autumn 2018

• DFG grant (RE-3454/4-1): “Venom evolution in robber flies: An integrative approach applying functional morphology in venomics“. Since Apr 2017.

• Paul Scherer Institut Switzerland (PSI Synchrotron Tomcat Beamline, proposal 20160644). 2017.

• Co-PI: Doktorandenförderplatz Universität Leipzig, PhD project: “Comparative venom evolution of robber flies“. Since April 2016.

• NHM London DIF bid, “First characterisation of robber fly venom composition by transcriptomics and proteomics“. 2014.

• DFG Research Grants (RE- 3454/2-1), „Returning grant“ at the ZMB Bonn.

• DFG Research Grants (RE- 3454/1-1,1-2): „On the dark trail of the first venomous crustacean“. 2012-2014.

Research Interests

As an evolutionary biologist I am intersted in molecular phylogeny and evolution of arthropods in general and pancrustaceans in particular. A new research topic is venomics to study neglected venomous invertebrates.

In my research I apply a plethora of methods such as transcriptomics, genomics, functional morphology and proteomics.

For more details please see my homepage: http://www.reumont.net


von Reumont BM, Edgecombe GD (Accepted) Crustaceans and insect evolution. The natural history of the crustaceans, Evolution and Biogeography Gary Poore & Martin Thiel (Eds.) Oxford University Press, USA:
Lüddecke T, von Reumont BM (2020) Venomics: Tiergifte als Quelle neuartiger Bioressourcen. BIOspektrum, 26 (7) , 724-727.
Lüddecke T, von Reumont BM, Förster F, Billion A, Timm T, Lochnit G, Vilcinskas A, Lemke S (2020) An Economic Dilemma Between Molecular Weapon Systems May Explain an Arachno-atypical Venom in Wasp Spiders (Argiope bruennichi). Biomolecules, 10 (7) , 978.
von Reumont BM, Lüddecke T, Timm T, Lochnit G, Vilcinskas A, von Döhren J, Nilsson M (2020) Proteo-Transcriptomic Analysis Identifies Potential Novel Toxins Secreted by the Predatory, Prey-Piercing Ribbon Worm Amphiporus lactifloreus. Marine Drugs, 18 (8) , 407.
Jenner RA, von Reumont BM, Campbell L, Undheim EAB (2019) Parallel evolution of complex centipede venoms revealed by comparative proteotranscriptomic analyses. Molecular Biology and Evolution, msz181
Drukewitz S. H., Fuhrmann N, Undheim EAB, Blanke A, Giribaldi J, Mary Rosanna, Lacond G, Dutertre S, von Reumont BM (2018) A dipterans novel sucker punch: Evolution of arthropod atypical venom with a neurotoxic component in robber flies (Asilidae, Diptera). Toxins , 10 doi:10.3390/toxins10010029. (1)
von Reumont BM, Undheim EAM, Jauss RT, Jenner RA (2017) Venomics of remipede crustaceans reveals novel peptide diversity and illuminates the venom’s biological role. Toxins, 9 (8) , 234.
Misof B, Meusemann K, von Reumont BM, Kück P, Prohaska S, Stadler PF (2014) A priori assessment of data quality in molecular phylogenetics. Algorithms for Molecular Biology, 9 (22)
Perina A, von Reumont BM, Martínez- Lage A, González-Tizón AM (2014) Accessing transcriptomic data for ecologically important genes in the goose barnacle (Pollicipes pollicipes), with particular focus on cement proteins. Marine Genomics, 15 , 9-11.
Stocsits R, Letsch H, Meusemann K, von Reumont BM, Misof B, Hertel J, Tafer H, Stadler PF (2014) RNA in phylogenetic reconstruction. Deep Metazoan Phylogeny: The backbone of the Tree of Life, Wägele J.W., Bartholomäus T. (Eds.) De Gruyter:
von Reumont BM, Blanke A, Richter S, Alvarez F, Bleidorn C, Jenner RA (2014) The first venomous crustacean revealed by transcriptomics and functional morphology: remipede venom glands express a unique toxin cocktail dominated by enzymes and a neurotoxin. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 31 (1) , 48-58.
von Reumont BM, Campbell L, Jenner RA (2014) Quo vadis venomics? A roadmap to neglected venomous invertebrates. Toxins, 6 , 3488 - 3551.
von Reumont BM, Campbell L,Richter S, Hering L, Hetmank J, Jenner RA, Bleidorn C (2014) An annelid’s powerful punch, venom gland transcriptomics of Glycera reveal an extremely diverse toxin cocktail. Genome Biology and Evolution, 6 (9) , 2404-2423.
von Reumont BM, Wägele JW (2014) Advances in molecular phylogeny of crustaceans in the light of phylogenomic data. Deep Metazoan Phylogeny: The backbone of the Tree of Life, Wägele J.W., Bartholomäus T (Eds.) De Gruyter:
Bernt M, Bleidorn C, Braband A, Dambach J, Donath A, Fritzsch G, Golombek A, Hadrys H, Jühling F, Meusemann K, Martin Middendorf M, Misof B, Perseke M, Podsiadlowski L, von Reumont BM, Schierwater B, Schlegel M, Schrödl M, Simon S, Stadler PF, Stöger I, Struck TH (2013) A comprehensive analysis of bilaterian mitochondrial genomes and phylogeny. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution,
Misof B, Meyer B, von Reumont BM, Kuck P, Misof K, Meusemann K (2013) Selecting informative subsets of sparse supermatrices increases the chance to find correct trees. BMC Bioinformatics, 14 (1) , 348.
Schwarz A, von Reumont BM, Erhart J, Chagas AC, Ribeiro JMC, Kotsyfakis M (2013) De novo Ixodes ricinus salivary gland transcriptome analysis using two different next-generation sequencing methodologies. Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology,
Stemme T, TIliffe TM, von Reumont BM, Koenemann S, Harzsch S, Bicker G (2013) Serotonin-immunoreactive neurons in the ventral nerve cord of Remipedia (Crustacea): support for a sister group relationship of Remipedia and Hexapoda? BMC Evolutionary Biology, 13 (1) , 119.
von Reumont BM, Jenner RA, Wills MA, Dell´Ampio E, Pass G, Ebersberger I, Meusemann K, Meyer B, Koenemann S, Iliffe TM, Stamatakis A, Niehuis O, Misof B (2012) Pancrustacean phylogeny in the light of new phylogenomic data: support for Remipedia as the possible sister group of Hexapoda. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 29 (3) , 1031-1045.
von Reumont BM, Struwe J-F, Schwarzer J, Misof B (2012) Phylogeography of the burnet moth Zygaena transalpina-complex: molecular and morphometrical differentiation suggests glacial refugia in Southern France, Western Europe and micro refugia within the Alps. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research , 50 (1) , 38-50.
Rehm P, Borner J, Meusemann K, von Reumont BM, Simon S, Hadrys H, Misof B, Burmester T (2011) Dating the arthropod tree based on large-scale transcriptome data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 61 (3) , 880-887.
von Reumont BM, Meid Sandra, Misof Bernhard (2011) Aspects of quality and project management in analyses of large scale sequencing data. Wide spectra of quality control, INTECH Open Access Publisher :
Koenemann S, Hoenemann M, Stemme T, Jenner RA, v. Reumont BM (2010) Arthropod phylogeny revisited, with a focus on crustacean relationships. Arthropod Structure and Development, 39 , 88-110.
Kück P, Meusemann K, Dambach J, Thormann B, v. Reumont BM, Wägelge JW, Misof B (2010) Parametric and non-parametric masking of randomness in sequence alignments can be improved and leads to better resolved trees. Frontiers in Zoology, 7 , 10.
Meusemann K, v. Reumont BM, Simon S, Roeding F, Kück P, Strauss S, Ebersberger I, Walzl M, Pass G, Breuers S, Achter V, v. Haeseler A, Burmester T, Hadrys H, Wägele JW, Misof B (2010) A phylogenomic approach to resolve the arthropod tree of life. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 27 (11) , 2451-2464.
v. Reumont, BM, Burmester, T (2010) Remipedia and the evolution of hexapods. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS),
Ertas B, v. Reumont BM, Wägele JW, Misof B, Burmester T (2009) Hemocyanin suggests a close relationship of Remipedia and Hexapoda. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 26 (12) , 2711-2718.
R. Pirow, I. Buchen, M. Richter, C. Allmer, F. Nunes, A. Günsel, W. Heikens, T. Lamkemeyer, B. M. v. Reumont, S. K. Hetz (2009) Cationic composition and acid-base state of the extracellular fluid, and specific buffer value of hemoglobin from the branchiopod crustacean Triops cancriformis. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 179 (3) , 369-381.
v. Reumont BM, Meusemann K, Szucsich NU, Dell’Ampio E, Gowri-Shankar V, Bartel D, Simon S, Letsch HO, Stocsits R, Luan YX, Wägele JW, Pass G, Hadrys H, Misof B (2009) Can comprehensive background knowledge be incorporated into substitution models to improve phylogenetic analyses? A case study on major arthropod relationships. BMC Evolutionary Biology , 9 , 119.