Sarah Sturm

Chair for Terrestrial Ecology

Department for Life Science Systems
TUM School of Life Sciences
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



  • Zytynska, Sharon E.; Sturm, Sarah; Hawes, Cathy; Weisser, Wolfgang W.; Karley, Alison: Floral presence and flower identity alter cereal aphid endosymbiont communities on adjacent crops. Journal of Applied Ecology, 2023 more…


  • Zytynska, Sharon E.; Guenay, Yasemin; Sturm, Sarah; Clancy, Mary V.; Senft, Matthias; Schnitzler, Jörg-Peter; Dilip Pophaly, Saurabh; Wurmser, Christine; Weisser, Wolfgang W.: Effect of plant chemical variation and mutualistic ants on the local population genetic structure of an aphid herbivore. Journal of Animal Ecology 88 (7), 2019, 1089-1099 more…


  • Zytynska, Sharon E.; Doerfler, Inken; Gossner, Martin M.; Sturm, Sarah; Weisser, Wolfgang W.; Müller, Jörg: Minimal effects on genetic structuring of a fungus‐dwelling saproxylic beetle after recolonisation of a restored forest. Journal of Applied Ecology 55 (6), 2018, 2933-2943 more…


  • Deck, Lina Maria Giraldo; Habel, Jan Christian; Curto, Manuel; Husemann, Martin; Sturm, Sarah; Garitano-Zavala, Álvaro; Meimberg, Harald: New microsatellite markers for two sympatric tinamou species, the Ornate Tinamou (Nothoprocta ornata) and Darwin's Nothura (Nothura darwinii). Avian Biology Research 9 (3), 2016, 139-146 more…
  • Gossner, Martin M.; Struwe, Jan-Frederic; Sturm, Sarah; Max, Simeon; McCutcheon, Michelle; Weisser, Wolfgang W.; Zytynska, Sharon E.: Searching for the Optimal Sampling Solution: Variation in Invertebrate Communities, Sample Condition and DNA Quality. PLoS one 11 (2), 2016, e0148247 more…
  • Husemann, Martin; Sturm, Sarah; Curto, Manuel; Meimberg, Harald; Habel, Jan Christian: 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 (1), 2016, 544-548 more…
  • Zytynska, Sharon E.; Meyer, Sebastian T.; Sturm, Sarah; Ullmann, Wiebke; Mehrparvar, Mohsen; Weisser, Wolfgang W.: Secondary bacterial symbiont community in aphids responds to plant diversity. Oecologia 180 (3), 2016, 735-747 more…