Jaimes Nino, Luisa María Dr.

Dr. Luisa María Jaimes Nino

Curriculum Vitae


2023 – present Postdoc, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
2018 – 2023 Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in Biology. Thesis: ‘‘Defying senescence – The causes of death and the costs of life in Cardiocondyla obscurior ant queens”. Supervised by PD. Dr. Jan Oettler and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Heinze. Universität Regensburg. Germany
2015 – 2018 M.Sc. Evolution, Ecology and Systematics. Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena. Germany
2008 – 2014 B.Sc. Biology and B.Sc. Microbiology. Universidad de los Andes. Bogotá – Colombia


Selected conferences

2022 European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) Poster: "Reproductive death and the delay of the selection shadow in ants." Prague
2022 IUSSI (International Union for the Study of Social Insects). Talk: "Continuusparity:Late-life fitness gains and reproductive death in Cardiocondyla obscurior ants." San Diego
2021 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSH): Biology & Genomics of Social Insects, Talk: "Social Aging: Late-life fitness gains explain the absence of a selection shadow in ants." Online
2021 Gutenberg Workshop Aging in Social Insects. Talk: "Late-life fitness gains explain the delay of the selection shadow in ants." Ingelheim.



2023 Travel grant from the Equal Opportunity Commissioner of the University of Mainz for attendance at the 7th IUSSI meeting of the Central European Section in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2022 FAS-G - Finanzielles Anreizsystem zur Förderung der Gleichstellung - Regensburg University
2014 Undergraduate Travel Award SMBE conference. Puerto Rico


Research Interests

I am interested in the life-history traits of insects. Among them, I want to understand how the investment into reproduction affects the lifespan and senescence of the organism. For the last few years, I have been working with the ant species Cardiocondyla obscurior, a polygynous species with ant queens showing an increase in sexual production at the end of its life, and a delay on the onset of senescence. Do all ant colonies follow this pattern? During my postdoc at the JGU, I am trying to understand from a genetic/epigenetic level the learning process of another fascinating ant Cataglyphis niger. I also want to elucidate why and how ant colonies decide to reproduce at a certain time. Is there some type of optimization? Do they respond to feedback mechanisms of colony growth?



Jaimes-Nino, LM, Süß , A, Heinze, J, Schultner, E, Oettler, J (preprint) The indispensable soma of Cardiocondyla obscurior ants, bioRxiv DOI:10.1101/2022.10.02.510526

Jaimes-Nino, LM, Heinze, J, Oettler, J (2022) Late-life fitness gains and reproductive death in Cardiocondyla obscurior ants, eLife 11:e74695 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.74695

Harrison, MC, Jaimes-Nino, LM, Rodrigues, MA, Flatt, T ,Oettler, J, Bornberg-Bauer, E (2021) Gene co-expression network reveals highly conserved, well-regulated anti-ageing mechanisms in old ant queens, Genome Biology and Evolution, DOI:10.1093/gbe/evab093

Brehm, G, Niermann, J, Jaimes Nino, LM, Enseling, D, Juestel, T, Axmacher, JC, Fiedler, K (2021) Moths are strongly attracted to ultraviolet and blue radiation, Insect Conservation and Diversity DOI:10.1111/icad.12476.

Backhaus, L, Albert, G, Cuchietti, A, Jaimes Nino, LM, et al. (2021)Shift from trait convergence to divergence along old field succession, Journal of Vegetation Science DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12986

Jaimes Nino, LM, Moertter, R, Brehm, G (2019) Diversity and trait patterns of moths at the edge of an Amazonian rainforest, Journal of Insect Conservation 23: 751 – 763 DOI: 10.1007/s10841-019-00168-4

Tran, TT, Doucouré, H, Hutin, M, Jaimes Nino, LM, Szurek, B, Cunnac, S, Koebnik, R (2018) Efficient enrichment cloning of TAL effector genes from Xanthomonas, MethodsX 5: 1027-1032 DOI: 10.1016/j.mex.2018.08.014



Institute of Organismic and Molecular Evolution
Luisa Jaimes
Hanns-Dieter-Hüsch-Weg 15
55128 Mainz
Tel.: ++49 (0)6131 - 39 26717
Fax: ++49 (0)6131 - 39 27850