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Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology

Within the program on Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology, we want to understand the nuts and bolts of how cells work and get together to generate complex tissues. The Dresden campus has a strong core of basic scientists working on a number of different model organisms including fly, fish, newt and mouse. Here, molecular and cellular approaches are integrated with evolutionary and developmental cell biology to understand how the differentiation of stem cells and the behaviour of their progeny function to build a complete body. The insights obtained within this research area feed extensively into other programs in Dresden – particularly Regenerative Biology and Biomedicine – to facilitate applied and translational science.

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Research Groups


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Mareike Albert Group

TUD CRTD Gene regulatory mechanisms of neocortex evolution

© Katrin Boes

Simon Alberti Group

TUD BIOTEC Organization of cytoplasm across space and time

Olaf Bergmann Group

TUD CRTD Dynamics and Mechanisms of Cell Renewal

Michael Brand Group

TUD CRTD, TUD BIOTEC, TUD PoL Development and Regeneration of the Vertebrate Brain


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Frank Buchholz Group

TUD Medical Campus Functional genomics in mammalian cells: applications to cancer- and stem cell- biology


Volker Busskamp Group

TUD CRTD Engineering synthetic human neuronal circuits


Federico Calegari Group

TUD CRTD Proliferation and Differentiation of Neural Stem Cells

Denis Corbeil Group

TUD BIOTEC Organization and Dynamics of Plasma Membrane Protrusions: From Cell Biology to Regenerative Therapy

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Christian Dahmann Group

TUD Biology, TUD PoL Signals and mechanics in epithelial morphogenesis


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Anthony Gavalas Group

TUD PLID Stem Cells in Pancreas Development and Disease


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Gerd Kempermann Group

TUD CRTD Adult neurogenesis

Caghan Kizil Group

DZNE, TUD CRTD Mechanisms of Induced Plasticity of the Brain

© Magdalena Gonciarz

Jörg Mansfeld Group

TUD BIOTEC Proteolysis in Cell Cycle and Cell Fate Decisions: How Ubiquitylation Coordinates Proliferation and Differentiation


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Nikolay Ninov Group

TUD CRTD, TUD PLID From pancreatic β-cell biology to drug discovery for Diabetes

© J. Theobald

Klaus Reinhardt Group

TUD Biology Biology of Sperm and Mitochondrial-Nuclear Interactions

Ingo Roeder Group

TUD Medical Campus Systems biology with applications in medicine, (stem) cell and developmental biology


Tatiana Sandoval Guzmán Group

TUD CRTD Vertebrate tissue repair and regeneration


Jared Sterneckert Group

TUD CRTD iPS Cells and Neurodegenerative Disease


Francis Stewart Group

TUD BIOTEC, TUD PoL Epigenetic regulation and genomic engineering

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Tomohisa Toda Group

DZNE Nuclear architecture in the long-term maintenance of brain function and brain aging

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Attila Tóth Group

TUD MTZ Genome integrity in the mammalian germline: recombination and checkpoints during gametogenesis


Maximina Yun Group

TUD CRTD Regeneration of Complex Structures in Adult Vertebrates