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Cell and Developmental Biology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University München

Research in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology focuses on fundamental questions in the Life Sciences such as cell death and proliferation, stem cells, organellar dynamics, cation homeostasis and the control of gene expression.

To address these questions, we employ bottom-up as well as top-down approaches and state of the art technologies. As models, we are currently using the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the cnidarians Hydra vulgaris, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, the vertebrate Danio rerio as well as mammalian cells.



October 08, 2018

Our Emmy Noether research group at the department of cell- and developmental
biology at the LMU Biocenter in Martinsried/Munich offers a

+++ PhD position in cell biology +++

starting at the next possible date. Our group is interested in the molecular
mechanisms that control cell division. During the last step of cell division, a process
called cytokinesis, the mother cell splits into two daughter cells. When the
chromosomes segregate in anaphase a contractile actin-myosin ring assembles
underneath the plasma membrane. Contractile ring formation has to be spatially and
temporally coordinated with chromosome segregation to ensure that the genomic
content is properly distributed. Cytokinesis failure results in tetraploidy and
supernumerary centrosomes causing multipolar spindles and oncogenic
transformations. The aim of the PhD project is to delineate the molecular pathways
that control cytokinesis in time and space. In our research group we combine the
advantages of both the nematode C. elegans and tissue culture cells. As our main
approach we use quantitative live-cell microscopy since it provides the high temporal
and spatial resolution required to study such a dynamic process like cytokinesis. In
addition to live cell microscopy we apply a broad range of cell biological techniques
including biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and screening approaches. Our
research group is part of the cell- and developmental biology department, which not
only offers high-end instrumentation and laboratory equipment but also a highly
interactive and international research environment.
We are searching for highly motivated applicants with a strong interest in fundamental
questions of cell biology. Applicants should have excellent knowledge of cell and
molecular biology and hold a master/diploma degree in life science.
Please send your application (CV, resumee, contact information of two referees) until
22.10.2018 to Dr. Esther Zanin, Lehrstuhl für Zell- und Entwicklungsbiologie B02.
009B, Großhaderner Str. 2, 82152 Planegg-Martinsried oder zanin@bio.lmu.de. For
more information: http://www.cellbiology.bio.lmu.de/research_groups/zanin/index.html

June 26, 2017

+++ Congratulations to Hai Wei for getting his paper published!! +++

Caenorhabditis elegans CES-1 Snail Represses pig-1 MELK Expresion to Control Asymmetric Cell Division.
Wei H., Yan B., Gagneur, J., Conradt, B.

Genetics. 2017 Jun 26, pii: genetics 117.202754. doi: 10.1534/genetics. 117.202754. (Epub ahead of print) PMID: 29652378 Free Article


June 18 - 20, 2017, Israel

+++ Congratulations to Prof. Dr. Barbara Conradt for getting the Annual ICDS Award !! +++

The awardees have been selected by the ICDS board of directions for their contributions
to the field of Cell Death.




Life support for precursor cells



!!! Tutoren gesucht für Zellbiologie 1 2017 im 4. Semester des Bachelorstudiums !!!

Für das Praktikum Zellbio 1 (zoologischer Teil) suchen wir Tutoren!
Es findet vom 6. Juni 2017 - zum 16. Juni 2017 statt. Die Vorbereitung erfolgt in der Woche zuvor. Das Praktikum hat 6 CP (2x3) und erfordert ca. 50 Stunden.

Bitte melden Sie sich bald bei Tamara Mikeladze-Dvali tmdvali@biologie.uni-muenchen.de oder bei Angelika Böttger boettger@zi.biologie.uni-muenchen.de


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