Prof. Dr. Katja Nowick

Prof. Dr.  Katja Nowick


+49 30 838 63761

Current: Freie Universität Berlin, Proffessorin für Humanbiologie, Nowick Group


  • Advanced Postdoc Award from the Volkswagen Foundation that supports her research group at Leipzig University,
  • Project Leader, IZBI, Leipzig University 2014 - 2015
  • current Project:


  • study of the evolution of primates, especially interested in the molecular forces that shape phenotypic differences between primate species: What makes us human?
  • main focus: the impact of transcription factors (TFs) on differences in transcriptomes, gene regulatory networks, and ultimately the phenotype.
  • major goals: 1. Identify all TFs of each primate species to pinpoint which TFs were born or lost in which lineage, 2. Functionally characterize species-specific TFs and TFs that changed species-specifically, 3. Understand how evolutionary changes in TFs affect gene regulatory network differences between primate species,
  • I´m also interested in other factors that influence transcriptomic differences, such as the evolution of non-coding RNAs and the epigenome.


2016 (2)

  • S. Berto, A. Perdomo-Sabogal, D. Gerighausen, J. Qin, K. Nowick. A Consensus Network of Gene Regulatory Factors in the Human Frontal Lobe. Front Genet. 2016. 7: 31.
  • A. Perdomo-Sabogal, K. Nowick, I. Piccini, R. Sudbrak, H. Lehrach, M. L. Yaspo, H. J. Warnatz, R. Querfurth. Human Lineage-Specific Transcriptional Regulation through GA-Binding Protein Transcription Factor Alpha (GABPa). Mol Biol Evol. 2016. 33: 1231-44.

2015 (2)

  • S. R. Kolora, R. Faria, A. Weigert, S. Schaffer, A. Grimm, K. Henle, A. H. Sahyoun, P. F. Stadler, K. Nowick, C. Bleidorn, M. Schlegel. The complete mitochondrial genome of Lacerta bilineata and comparison with its closely related congener L. Viridis. Mitochondrial DNA. 2015. 1-3.
  • M. D. Laubichler, P. F. Stadler, S. J. Prohaska, K. Nowick. The relativity of biological function. Theory Biosci. 2015. 134: 143-7.

2014 (3)

  • A. M. Andres, K. Nowick. Editorial overview: genetics of human evolution: the genetics of human origins. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2014. 29: v-vii.
  • M. R. Höhe, G. M. Church, H. Lehrach, T. Kroslak, S. Palczewski, K. Nowick, S. Schulz, E. K. Suk, T. Huebsch. Multiple haplotype-resolved genomes reveal population patterns of gene and protein diplotypes. Nat Commun. 2014. 5: 5569.
  • A. Perdomo-Sabogal, S. Kanton, M. B. Walter, K. Nowick. The role of gene regulatory factors in the evolutionary history of humans. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2014. 29: 60-7.

2013 (1)

  • K. Nowick, M. Carneiro, R. Faria. A prominent role of KRAB-ZNF transcription factors in mammalian speciation?. Trends Genet. 2013. 29: 130-9.

2012 (1)

  • K. Nowick, M. Carneiro, R. Faria. A prominent role of KRAB-ZNF transcription factors in mammalian speciation?. 2012.

2011 (3)

  • A. Leal-Egana, U. D. Braumann, A. Diaz-Cuenca, M. Nowicki, A. Bader. Determination of pore size distribution at the cell-hydrogel interface. J Nanobiotechnology. 2011. 9: 24.
  • K. Nowick, C. Fields, T. Gernat, D. Caetano-Anolles, N. Kholina, L. Stubbs. Gain, loss and divergence in primate zinc-finger genes: a rich resource for evolution of gene regulatory differences between species. PLoS One. 2011. 6: e21553.
  • E. K. Suk, G. K. McEwen, J. Duitama, K. Nowick, S. Schulz, S. Palczewski, S. Schreiber, D. T. Holloway, S. McLaughlin, H. Peckham, C. Lee, T. Hübsch, M. R. Höhe. A comprehensively molecular haplotype-resolved genome of a European individual. Genome Res. 2011. 21: 1672-85.