Our Department

Dept. Molecular Evolution and Development

How complex animal body plans could arise in evolution is one of the fundamental questions in biology. We address this question by investigating the underlying genomic, molecular and developmental processes that led to the diversification of animal body plans. We use cnidarians (jellyfish, corals and anemones) as model organisms to understand the evolution of key bilaterian features: bilaterality, central nervous systems and three germ layers.  Read more

Comparative and experimental genomics of birds and flies is used to reveal the mechanisms leading to the evolution and differentiation of sex chromosomes.  Read more




New Group Leader

Dr. Oleg Simakov

Dr. Oleg Simakov joined our department as a new group leader! 

More information on Dr. Simakov's research HERE

New Paper

Paper in RNA Biology

Daniela Praher published a paper in RNA Biology about the characterization of the piRNA pathway in Nematostella

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New Paper

Nature Protocols Paper

Prof. Technau and Eduard Renfer published a method paper in Nature Protocols.

Link to abstract here