LOEWE Center for
Insect Biotechnology
& Bioresources

Henrike Schmidtberg

Dr. rer. nat.

Research Associate

Phone: +49 641 99-37751

Email: henrike.schmidtberg@ime.fraunhofer.de

Room: 673b

Building: HBR58


since 10/2015 Institute of Insectbiotechnology, Applied Entomology, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
08/2009-10/2015 Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME Project Group Bioresources, Giessen
06/2005–07/2009 Developmental Biology of Animals, Institute for General Zoology and Developmental Biology, Justus-Liebig University Giessen
07/2002–05/2005 Cellular Recognition and Defense Processes, Institute for General Zoology and Developmental Biology, Justus-Liebig University Giessen
10/1999–06/2002 Cytology and Physiology of Cephalopods, Institute for General Zoology and Developmental Biology, Justus-Liebig University Giessen
06/1998–09/1999 Institute of Special Zoology and Comparative Embryology, Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster
1993–1998 PhD student, Institute of Special Zoology and Comparative Embryology, Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster
1986–1992 Diploma in Biology, Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster

Research Interests

  • Insect immunity
  • microbiology
  • ultrastructure


Heep J, Skaljac M, Grotmann J, Kessel T, Seip M, Schmidtberg H, Vilcinskas A (2019) Identification and functional characterization of a novel insecticidal decapeptide from the myrmicine ant Manica rubida. Toxins 2019, 11 (10) , 562.
Schellenberg J, Reichert J, Hardt M, Schmidtberg H, Kämpfer P, Glaeser SP, Schubert P, Wilke T (2019) The Precursor Hypothesis of Sponge Kleptocnidism: Development of Nematocysts in Haliclona cnidata sp. nov. (Porifera, Demospongiae, Haplosclerida). Frontiers in Marine Science, 5
Schmidtberg H, Shukla SP, Halitschke R, Vogel H, Vilcinskas A (2019) Symbiont‐mediated chemical defense in the invasive ladybird Harmonia axyridis. Ecology and Evolution, 9 (4) , 1715-1729.
Gegner T, Schmidtberg H, Vogel H, Vilcinskas A (2018) Population-specific expression of antimicrobial peptides conferring pathogen resistance in the invasive ladybird Harmonia axyridis. Scientific Reports, 8
Will T, Schmidtberg H, Skaljac M, Vilcinskas A (2017) Heat shock protein 83 plays pleiotropic roles in embryogenesis, longevity, and fecundity of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum. Development Genes and Evolution, 227 (1) , 1-9.
Beckert A, Wiesner J, Schmidtberg H, Lehmann R, Baumann A, Vogel H, Vilcinskas A (2016) Expression and characterization of a recombinant i-type lysozyme from the harlequin ladybird beetle Harmonia axyridis. Insect Molecular Biology, 25 (3) , 202–215 .
Schmidtberg H, Vilcinskas A (2016) The ontogenesis of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum. , Biology and Ecology of Aphids (Eds.) , 14–51. Vilcinskas A: CRC Press
Vogel H, Schmidtberg H, Vilcinskas A (2016) Comparative transcriptomics in three ladybird species supports a role for immunity in invasion biology. Developmental and Comparative Immunology, 67
Knorr E, Schmidtberg H, Arslan D, Bingsohn L, Vilcinskas A (2015) Translocation of bacteria from the gut to the eggs triggers maternal transgenerational immune priming in Tribolium castaneum. Biology Letters, 11 (12) , 1–5.
Freitak D, Schmidtberg H, Dickel F, Lochnit G, Vogel H, Vilcinskas A (2014) The maternal transfer of bacteria can mediate trans-generational immune priming in insects Virulence, 5 (4) , 547–554.
Vilcinskas A, Schmidtberg H (2014) Der Asiatische Marienkäfer als Modell - invasiv durch biologische und chemische Waffen. Biologi in unserer Zeit, 44 (6) , 386–391.
Vilcinskas A, Schmidtberg H, Estoup A, Tayeh A, Facon B, Vogel H (2014) Evolutionary ecology of microsporidia associated with the invasive ladybird Harmonia axyridis Insect Science, 22 (3) , 313–324.
Schmidtberg H, Röhrich CR, Vogel H, Vilcinskas A (2013) A switch from constitutive chemical defense to inducible innate immune responses in the invasive ladybird Harmonia axyridis. Biology Letters, 9 (3) 20130006
Vilcinskas A, Stoecker K, Schmidtberg H, Röhrich CR, Vogel H (2013) Invasive harlequin ladybird caries biological weapons against native competitors. Science, 340 (6134) , 862–863.
Vilcinskas A, Stoecker K, Schmidtberg H, Röhrich CR, Vogel H (2013) Response to comments on "Invasive harlequin ladybird carries biological weapons against native competitors". Science, 341 (6152) , 1342.
Röhrich CR, Ngwa CJ, Wiesner J, Schmidtberg H, Degenkolb T, Kollewe C, Fischer R, Pradel G, Vilcinskas A (2012) Harmonine, a defence compound from the harlequin ladybird, inhibits mycobacterial growth and demonstrates multi-stage antimalarial activity. Biology Letters, 8 (2) , 308–311.
Schmidtberg H, Dorresteijn AWC (2010) Ultrastructure of the nuchal organ in the polychaete Platynereis dumerilii (Annelida, Nereididae). Invertebrate Biology, 129 (3) , 252–265.
Gross J, Schmidtberg H (2009) Glands of leaf beetle larvae – protective structures against attacking predators and pathogens. , in Research of Chrysomelidae, Vol. 2, Jolivet P, Santiago-Blay J, Schmitt M (Eds.) , 177–190. Koninklijke Brill: Leiden
Knorr E, Schmidtberg H, Vilcinskas A, Altincicek B (2009) MMPs regulate both development and immunity in the Tribolium model insect. PLoS One, 4 (3) , 1–14.
Gross J, Schumacher K, Schmidtberg H, Vilcinskas A (2008) Protected by fumigants: beetle perfumes in antimicrobial defense. Journal of Chemical Ecology 34(2), , 179-188.
Rohrbach B, Schmidtberg H (2006) Sepia arms and tentacles: model systems for studying the regeneration of brachial appendages Vie et Milieu – Life & Environment, 56 (2) , 175-190.
Westermann B, Schmidtberg H, Beuerlein K (2005) Functional morphology of the mantle of Nautilus pompilius (Mollusca, Cephalopoda) Journal of Morphology, 264 (3) , 277-285.
Beuerlein K, Ruth P, Scholz FR, Springer J, Lieb B, Gebauer W, Westermann B, Schmidtberg H, von Boletzky S, Markl J, Schipp R (2004) Blood cells and the biosynthesis of hemocyanin in Sepia embryos Micron, 35 (1–2) , 115–116.
Ruth P, Schmidtberg H, Westermann B, Schipp R (2002) The sensory epithelium of the tentacles and the rhinophore of Nautilus pompilius L. (Cephalopoda, Nautiloidea) Journal of Morphology, 251 (3) , 239-256.
Westermann B, Ruth P, Beuerlein K, Schmidtberg H, Litzlbauer HD, Beck I, Kaleta EF, Schipp R (2002) The digestive tract of Nautilus pompilius (Cephalopoda, Tetrabranchiata): a histological, X-ray analytical and computed tomographical study Journal of Experimental Biology, 205 , 1617-1624.
Schmidtberg H (1999) Ultrastructural studies of the suckers of newly hatched Eledone moschata and Octopus vulgaris (Mollusca; Cephalopoda). , in Advancing Research on Living and Fossil Cephalopods, F Olóriz & FJ Rodríguez-Tovar (Eds.) , 203-221. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers: New York
Schmidtberg H (1997) The structure of suckers of newly hatched Sepia officinalis, Loligo vulgaris, and Octopus vulgaris Vie et Milieu – Life & Environment, 47 (2) , 155-159.