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Developmental Biology (DB)

developmental-home.gifThe DB addresses the issues of how cells are organized in time and space, and how multicellular organisms develop form a single cell. In this regard, the research groups of the department focus on different topics to cover the process that leads from gene expression to the generation of shape. Concrete themes include mechanisms of regulation of gene expression, cell communication, its interpretation and inputs on gene activity and cytoskeleton organization, cell migration, organogenesis and nervous system development. The model systems exploited by the research groups include the fruitfly and vertebrates such as zebra fish and chicken. From a methodological perspective, we combine molecular biology, classical genetics, advanced microscopy and genomic approaches.


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