The origin of the metazoan nervous system and body plan

HolsteinThomas Holstein

Department of Molecular Evolution and Genomics
University of Heidelberg
INF 230
69120 Heidelberg
Phone:  +49-6221-545679
Fax:  +49-6221-545680

Research Summary:

Research in our group is concerned with two major areas in biology: Developmental neurobiology and the evolution of body plans. Using molecular approaches we study these questions in basal metazoans (cnidarians) on the comparative and functional level. Our principal goal is to understand the basic genetic mechanisms by which the nervous system evolved, and how these developmental processes are related to the organisation of the Bilateria. Of further interest are nematocytes, a highly sophisticated neuronal cell type found exclusively in cnidarians.

Structure of the Group

Group Leader:  Thomas Holstein
Senior scientists:  Toshitaka Fujisawa, Suat Özbek, Gabriele Petersen
Postdoctoral fellows:  Barbara Kostron, Ulrike Engel, Anne Kuhn, Yukio Nakamura, Hiroshi Watanabe
PhD-Students:  Patrizia Adamcyk, Prakasch Balasubramanian, Bianca Bertulat, Tobias Lengfeld, Robert Mättner, Martin Rittaler
Technicians:  Aurelia Procol, Dagmar Sealey


Editor: A. Summerfield
Latest Revision: 2018-06-21
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