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Dr. Brenzinger, Bastian

Dr. Bastian Brenzinger

Research assistant


Großhaderner Str. 2, 82152 Planegg-Martinsried

Room: B01.057
Phone: +49 89 21 80 - 74293

Research Interests

Evolution, phylogeny and comparative microanatomy of worldwide "lower" heterobranch gastropod families (JSPS + DFG funded). Diversity and evolution of worldwide meiofaunal heterobranchs. Indo-Pacific freshwater slugs.

3D-microanatomical reconstruction. Histology. Molecular phylogenetics.


2018-2019 Research Assistant at LMU Munich, Systematic Zoology workgroup.

2017-2018 Postdoc and collection manager (interim) for Mollusca, Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (ZSM).

2017 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow (Short-Term) at University of Tokyo, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute (AORI), Department of Marine Ecosystem Dynamics. Project: “Towards solving the root of heterobranch Gastropoda through study of Japanese fauna”. hosted by Dr. Yasunori Kano.

2010-2016 PhD student at LMU Munich and Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (ZSM). Doctoral Thesis (2016): “Insights from enigmatic clades –comparative microanatomy and evolution of the Heterobranchia (Mollusca, Gastropoda) “. Funded by DFG (via supervisor Dr. Michael Schrödl, ZSM) and Universität Bayern, supervised by Dr. Michael Schrödl (ZSM).

2009 Diploma and Teacher's Degree (1. Staatsexamen) at LMU Munich. Graduate Thesis (2009): “Microanatomy and 3-dimensional visualization of two limnic slug species: Strubellia paradoxa (Strubell, 1892) from Ambon, Indonesia and Strubellia n. sp. from the Solomon Islands (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia: Acochlidia) “. At LMU Munich and Bavarian State Collection of Zoology (ZSM), supervised by Dr. Michael Schrödl (ZSM) and Prof. Dr. Gerhard Haszprunar (ZSM/LMU Munich).

Grants & Awards

2017 JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship

2016 Travel grant by Unitas Malacologica to visit World Congress of Malacology in Penang, Malaysia.

2015 Shared first prize for best student talk at 5th International Workshop on Opisthobranchs, Porto, Portugal: “Shells versus sequences? Origin of the ‘architectibranch’ Ringiculidae“.

2015 Travel grant by the Malacological Society of London to visit the Molluscan Forum, London, UK

2014 3rd prize for best student poster at 3rd International Congress of Invertebrate Morphology, Berlin, Germany: “Headshield anatomy in the ‘cephalaspid’ gastropod Ringicula, and its context in the phylogeny of Heterobranchia“.

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