LOEWE Center for
Insect Biotechnology
& Bioresources

Nils Hiebert


PhD student

Phone: +49 641 972-19272

Email: Nils.Hiebert@ime.fraunhofer.de

Room: B330

Building: IFZ


since 05/2016

PhD student at Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME

  • cell culture
  • Processing and identification of bacterial samples
  • Experimental work with breeding animals
10/2014 – 02/2015

Researcher, Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Langen, Department of Veterinary Medicine

  • Virology (Morbilliviruses)
  • cell culture
  • Analysis of clinical samples
01/2013 – 09/2014

Reasearcher, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Institute of Veterinary Anatomy, Histology and Embryology

  • Cell biology (stem cells)
  • Preparation and execution of courses
  • Conducting oral examinations
10/2010 – 10/2012

Biology studies Master of Science, Justus Liebig University Giessen

Focus: microbiology, zoology

10/2007 – 10/2010

Biology studies Bachelor of Science, Justus Liebig University Giessen

Focus: microbiology, cell biology, zoology

Research Interests

Analysis of host-pathogen interactions with focus on the invasive pest Drosophila suzukii (cherry vinegar fly). The aim of the existing research is to establish new biologically and ecologically safe insecticides, thereby reducing the use of conventional chemical insecticides and reducing their negative impact on humans, animals and the environment.

In this research area, we deal with two main topics: the analysis, characterization and optimization of naturally occurring candidates (viruses, bacteria and fungi) as well as the research and establishment of ecological systems that significantly improve vector control.


Hiebert N, Carrau T, Bartling M, Vilcinskas A, Lee KZ (2020) Identification of entomopathogenic bacteria associated with the invasive pest Drosophila suzukii in infested areas of Germany. Journal of invertebrate pathology, 173 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jip.2020.107389
Carrau T, Hiebert N, Vilcinskas A, Lee KZ (2018) Identification and characterization of natural viruses associated with the invasive insect pest Drosophila suzukii. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology , 154 (2018) , 74-78.