Markus Friedrich

Markus Friedrich


313 577 9612


 Biological Sciences, Room 3117


Markus Friedrich

My interest in insects became obvious early on when I started culturing moth and butterfly caterpillars in my room as a boy. This, as it turns out, was the beginning of a career in comparative biology with a focus on insects, their eyes, their genomes, and genes. I earned my PhD degree from the Department of Zoology at the University of Munich in 1995 and joined WSU in 1999 after 3 years of postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • My lab explores the developmental evolution of the insect visual system integrating molecular phylogenetics, comparative development and genomic approaches. Our animal models in the lab include the red flour beetle Tribolium castaneum and the small carrion cave beetle Ptomaphagus hirtus.

Selected publications

Leray Vincent L., Jason Caravas, Friedrich Markus and Zigler, Kirk S. (2019) Mitochondrial sequence data indicate “Vicariance by Erosion” as a mechanism of species diversification in North American Ptomaphagus (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Cholevinae) cave beetles. Subterranean Biology 29: 35-57.

Armisén et al. (2018) The genome of the water strider Gerris buenoi reveals expansions of gene repertoires associated with adaptations to life on the water. BMC Genomics 19:832

Bao Riyue, Sammy E. Dia, Hussein A. Issa, Dalia Alhusein, and Markus Friedrich (2018) Comparative evidence of an exceptional impact of gene duplication on the developmental evolution of Drosophila and the higher Diptera. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 6: 63.

Friedrich Markus, Hanady Chahine, Cristina Al‐Jageta, Hamzah Badreddine (2018) Massive parallel expansions of Methuselah/Methuselah‐like receptors in schizophoran Diptera. Journal of Experimental Biology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution: 330, 6-7: 384-389

Zhou, Q., Yu, L., Friedrich, M., & Pignoni, F. (2017) Distinct regulation of atonal in a visual organ of Drosophila: Organ-specific enhancer and lack of autoregulation in the larval eye. Developmental Biology, 421(1), 67–76.

Friedrich, M. (2017) Ancient genetic redundancy of eyeless and twin of eyeless in the arthropod ocular segment. Developmental Biology 432: 192-200.

Currently teaching

  • BIO 6020 Methods, Analyses

    BIO 4200 Introduction Evolution

    BIO 1500 Organismal Diversity

    BIO 6055 Biology of the Eye