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Section Developmental Biology



Developmental biological mechanisms are typically studied in a few model systems such as the zebrafish (Danio rerio) and the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster). However, the extent to which the insights gained there are transferable to other organisms is still unclear. And how do changes in development contribute to natural variation?

The Section Developmental Biology is a place to go for anyone interested in basic developmental processes and their evolution. In addition to established model systems, we provide a platform for lively exchange on work on various model organisms that represent natural variation in nature.
Among others, the following topics are regularly represented with us:

  • Analysis of developmental processes in different organisms (embryonic and postembryonic development, regeneration).
  • Comparative developmental biology (evolutionary developmental biology, evo-devo)
  • Establishment of genetic and functional methods for new model systems (transgenesis, RNA interference, CRISPR/Cas9…)
  • Environmental influences on developmental processes/plasticity
  • (Comparative) genomics/transcriptomics and functional genomics.

To support young scientists, we organize graduate meetings and workshops at regular intervals. At these meetings, students, PhD students and postdocs have the opportunity to present their data as well as to learn about the diversity of different model organisms and methods. Furthermore, we organize the section group symposia and satellite symposia during the annual meeting.

You are interested in our activities? You want to get actively involved? Join the mailing list of the section group (max. 5 emails per year):
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Or contact us directly. We are always open to suggestions for graduate meetings, workshops, and special and satellite symposia during annual meetings.

Current Speaker

Dr. Nico Posnien
University Göttingen
JFB Institute od Zoology and Anthropology
Department of Developmental Biology
Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 11
37077 Göttingen
Tel: +49-551-39 28662

Dr. Natascha Turetzek (Zhang)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
Biozentrum Dept. II
Chair of Evolutionary Ecology
Großhadernerstr. 2
82152 Planegg-Martinsried