Carsten Thoms
International Science & Early-Career Researchers




Past Research Projects


2004 –2007               

Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Guam Marine Laboratory, USA / Cancer Research Center Hawaii

Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany

Host: Prof. Dr. Peter Schupp, German Tutor: Prof. Dr. Ute Hentschel



2001 - 2004

Ph.D. at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Düsseldorf, Germany

PhD Thesis Title: "Alkaloids in sponges of the genus Aplysina - chemical ecology and associated bacteria" > PhD Thesis (PDF, 5,6MB)

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Peter Proksch


  • Activated chemical defense in Aplysina sponges” > Article (PDF, 800kB)
  • "Sequestration of dietary alkaloids by the spongivorous marine mollusc Tylodina perversa” >
    Article (PDF, 90kB); > Book Chapter (PDF, 400kB)
  • Monitoring microbial diversity and natural product profiles of the sponge Aplysina cavernicola following transplantation” > Article (PDF, 400kB)
  • Marie Curie Host Fellowship stay at the University of Naples, Italy: "Isolation and structure elucidation of glycosphingolipids and peptides from the sponges Oceanapia bartschi and Verongula rigida"
  • DAAD-DST-project at the University of Kerala, Trivandrum, India: "Chemical ecology of marine algae, sponges and specialist opisthobranchs"



Master thesis at the University of Bremen, Germany (experiments conducted at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology, University of Düsseldorf)

Title: “Survey on the fish feeding deterrent properties of sponge secondary metabolites” > Article (PDF, 80kB); > MSc Thesis (2,4MB)

Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Matthias Wolff (University of Bremen), Prof. Dr. Peter Proksch (University of Düsseldorf)


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