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Lukas Koch

Research Group Pharmacognosy
Institute of Pharmacy
Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg

Room 704
Hoher Weg 8
D-06120 Halle/Saale

Tel.: +49 345 55 25644

Academic research

PhD thesis:

Characterization of ant venoms

In the FOrmIdable project, I aim to elucidate Functions, Origins, and Identities of peptides contained in the highly acidic poisons of ants belonging to the subfamily of Formicinae.

Besides other methods, I will combine high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry and transcriptomics in order to achieve a comprehensive characterization of this complex biofluid.

Selected compounds will be synthesized using solid-phase peptide synthesis and evaluated in functional bioassays.


Brandes, B.; Koch, L.; Hoenke, S.; Deigner, H.-P.; Csuk, R., The presence of a cationic center is not alone decisive for the cytotoxicity of triterpene carboxylic acid amides. Steroids 2020, 163, 108713



Teaching at the Institute of Pharmacy:

Supervision of practical courses (practical lab work, seminars)