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




Grigory Genikhovich was awarded a FWF grant about pattern formation of the oral-aboral axis


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


The evolutionary origin of plant and animal miRNAs: new paper by Ulrich Technau et al. in Nature Ecology and Evolution


Article in Current Opinion in Genetics and Development on genomics and development of Nematostella.


Prof. Qi Zhou has joined our department


Sabrina Kaul-Strehlow is awarded a Hertha Firnberg stipend.