Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Room 4G110
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels | Belgium


Severine’s research on pheromones in frogs and newts started as part of the ERC program TAPAS (Tracing Antimicrobial peptides and Pheromones in the Amphibian Skin). She now focusses on antimicrobial peptides, mainly in frogs of the family Pipidae. The combination of transcriptome data, antimicrobial tests, genome screening and phylogenetic analyses are providing interesting insights into the host defense system of frogs.

Van Bocxlaer, I., Treer, D., Maex, M., Vandebergh, W., Janssenswillen, S., Stegen, G., Kok, P., Willaert, B., Matthijs, S., Martens, E., Mortier, A., de Greve, H., Proost, P. & F. Bossuyt, 2015 - Side-by-side secretion of late Palaeozoic diverged courtship pheromones in an aquatic salamander. Proceedings of the Royal Society B London, 282: 20142960.

Matthijs, S., Ye, L., Stijlemans, B., Cornelis, P., Bossuyt, F. & K. Roelants, 2014 - Low Structural Variation in the Host-Defense Peptide Repertoire of the Dwarf Clawed Frog Hymenochirus boettgeri (Pipidae). PLoS ONE 9 (1) : e86339.

Willaert, B., Bossuyt, F., Janssenswillen, S., Adriaens, D., Baggerman, G., Matthijs, S., Pauwels, E., Proost, P., Raepsaet, A., Schoofs, L., Stegen, G., Treer, D., Van Hoorebeke, L., Vandebergh, W. & I. Van Bocxlaer, 2013 - Frog nuptial pads secrete mating season-specific proteins related to salamander pheromones. The Journal of Experimental Biology 216, 4139-4143.

Treer, D., Van Bocxlaer, I., Matthijs, S., Du Four, D., Janssenswillen, S., Willaert, B. & F. Bossuyt, 2013 - Love Is Blind: Indiscriminate Female Mating Responses to Male Courtship Pheromones in Newts (Salamandridae). PLoS ONE, 8(2): e56538.