Sarah Sturm

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Department of Ecology and Ecosystemmanagement
Technische Universität München
Hans-Carl-von-Carlowitz-Platz 2
D-85350 Freising-Weihenstephan

Phone: +49.8161.71.4863 (Labor)

Phone: +49.8161.71.4677 (office)
Fax:     +49.8161.71.4427
E-mail: Sarah.Sturm[at]

Curriculum vitae

Since 07/2011 Technical assistant, TUM, Freising, Chair for Terrestrial Ecology, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang W. Weisser
01/2012- 01/2015 Technical assistant, TUM, Freising, Chair of Restoration Ecology, Prof. Dr. Johannes Kollmann
08/2007- 06/2011 Technical assistant, TUM, Freising, Section of Forest Genetics, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Müller-Starck
08/2005- 07/2007 Ausbildung zur agrartechnischen Assistentin, Landsberg am Lech, Staatliche Technikerschule für Agrarwirtschaft

Molecular Methods and Laboratory

  • Laboratory Manager of the Molecular Genetic Laboratory
  • Laboratory Organization and Ordering
  • DNA and Protein Isolation (Plants, Animals)
  • Agarose Gel Electrophoresis and Gel-Imaging
  • 2D-Gel Electrophoresis and Gel-Imaging (SameSpots)
  • DNA and Protein Quantification (Quantus Fluorometer, NanoDrop)
  • PCR and Multiplex PCR (Microsatellites, Barcoding, Sequencing, NGS)
  • Primer Design (Microsatellites)
  • Genotyping and Data Analysis

Other work areas

  • Laboratory training and assistance to bachelor, master and PhD students
  • Assistant for student laboratory practicals
  • Consumables ordering and account management
  • Webmaster of the department homepage

Software and Knowledge

  • GeneMarker
  • Geneious
  • Unipro UGENE
  • Phobos
  • Microsoft Office
  • EndNote


  • Tansy and aphid metacommunity genetics, Dr. Sharon Zytynska
  • Aphid secondary bacterial symbionts, Dr. Sharon Zytynska
  • Development of microsatelite primers for Tinamu bird species, including population genetic analysis on a landscape, Dr. Jan Habel
  • Population genetics on the Kenyan endemic bird species Hindes Babbler Turdoides hindei using microsatellites, Dr. Jan Habel
  • Population genetics and molecular biogeography of East African Zosterops species, Dr. Jan Habel



Deck, L. M. G., J. C. Habel, M. Curto, M. Husemann, S. Sturm, Á. Garitano-Zavala and H. Meimberg. 2016. New microsatellite markers for two sympatric tinamou species, the Ornate Tinamou (Nothoprocta ornata) and Darwin's Nothura (Nothura darwinii). Avian Biology Research 9:139-146. PDF

Gossner, M. M., J.-F. Struwe, S. Sturm, S. Max, M. Mccutcheon, W. W. Weisser and S. E. Zytynska. 2016. Searching for the Optimal Sampling Solution: Variation in Invertebrate Communities, Sample Condition and DNA Quality. PLoS ONE 11:e0148247. PDF

Husemann, M., S. Sturm, M. Curto, H. Meimberg and J. C. Habel. 2016. Four new mitochondrial genomes of the genus zosterops (aves: passeriformes: zosteropidae) from East Africa with a phylogenetic evaluation of the group. Mitochondrial DNA Part B 1:544-548. PDF

Zytynska, S. E., S. T. Meyer, S. Sturm, W. Ullmann, M. Mehrparvar and W. W. Weisser. 2016. Secondary bacterial symbiont community in aphids responds to plant diversity. Oecologia 180:735-747. PDF

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