Work in my group grows from two core ideas:
1) Differences between species begin first as variation within species.
2) Understanding the evolution of development goes hand-in-hand with research into developmental mechanisms.
My job here is to help researchers build projects around these two themes while not getting too much in the way of the people actually doing most of the work.
Alexandra joined us from the Hofreiter lab in Potsdam where she worked on sequencing methods for ancient DNA and turns her skills now to developing single-cell methods for weird sea creatures and generally making sure the lab stays up and running.
Anja holds down the fly end of the lab, using Drosophila as a model system for understanding the impact of new mutations on developmental gene expression and how gene expression divergence accumulates between closely related species.
The captain of team urchin, Jonas works to understand how mutations accumulate between species within developmental regulatory gene networks as well as how leading efforts to understand early cell-fate specification in echinoderms.
IRI for the Life Sciences
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Philippstr. 13 (Haus 18)