Chair of Cell and Developmental Biology (Zoology I)

    For two centuries, Cell and Developmental Biology has been a major research focus at the Zoological Institute of the Julius-Maximilians-University in Würzburg. Here, Theodor Boveri founded the chromosome theory of inheritance and Hans Spemann did his famous habilitation.

    Today, we provide an inspiring scientific environment for several committed (and young) research groups. We work on basic aspects of membrane biology, as well as on the physics of cells, mammalian meiosis, developmental epigenetics and RNA biology. Importantly, we promote parasites, especially the deadly African trypanosomes and Leishmania, as powerful model systems, without ignoring the huge impact that neglected tropical diseases have, especially in Africa.

    All year round we invite guests for lectures, discussion and having a good time: join us on Thursdays for our lecture series!


    July 16, 2018 -- Seminar A102.3, 11:00 a.m.

    Nutrient stress during Giardia dudenalis infection: Who cares about arginine?

    July 12th, 2018 -- Seminar A102.3, 10:15 a.m.

    The lullaby of Sleeping Sickness

    July 1, 2018

    Markus Engstler delivers evening lecture at the 11th International Workshop on Engineering of Functional Interfaces

    June 28, 2018

    Katharina Schücker’s experimental protocols published in Methods in Cell Biology

    Roberta Sciurano

    June 28, 2018 -- Seminar A102.3, 10:15 a.m.

    Meiotic arrest in infertile men due to genetic disturbances

    June 20-22, 2018

    Keynote lecture by Ricardo Benavente at the 4th Spanish Meiosis Meeting

    June 12-22, 2018

    Advanced electron microscopy for cell biology.

    Christian Stigloher, together with Gareth Griffiths and Yannick Schwab, has organized this years EM course, which will take place in our Z7 course building.

    June 10-15, 2018

    Ricardo Benavente lectured at the Gordon Research Conference on Meiosis (New London, New Hampshire)

    June 14th, 2018 -- Seminar A102.3, 10:15 a.m.

    How to build a flagellum: Lessons from Trypanosomes

    May 31th to June 3rd, 2018

    Our work featured is as part of the University's Africa initiatives.

    May 30th, 2018 -- Seminar A102.3, 10:15 a.m.

    How SPOC executes the Nerve Pinch through transcriptional regulation

    Kita forscht

    Mai 2018

    Im Mai besuchen uns Nachwuchsforscher aus der Kita an der Löwenbrücke, am 7.Mai die Grossen und am 29. Mai die Kleinen. 

    May 5, 2018 -- Seminar C102.3, 10:15 a.m.

    Optical Microspectrometry for studying the underlying dynamics of life: from phase transitions to mechano-transduction

    April 23, 2018

    Weakening of lamin crosslinks by site specific phosphorylation supports meiotic chromosome movements

    April 19, 2018 -- Seminar C102.3, 10:15 a.m.

    Life cycle differentiation and the cytoskeleton in Trypanosoma brucei

    April 10, 2018

    Die erste wissenschaftliche Studie zum Beitrag deutscher Institutionen bei der Forschung zu Vernachlässigten Tropenerkrankungen wird im Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) in Berlin vorgestellt. Markus Engstler ist einer der Herausgeber der Studie.

    Marie-Christin Spindler

    March 28, 2018

    Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds awarded Marie a travel grant to take part in the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory course on Quantitative Imaging

    Visiting scientists

    March 28, 2018

    We warmly welcome Roberta Sciurano (Buenos Aires) and Fernanda Trovero (Montevideo) who will spend six months in the Benavente lab

    March 26, 2018 -- C101.2, 10:00 a.m.

    Trypanosomes' magic bullet – Understanding the structural basis of SRA-mediated immune escape in T. b. rhodesiense

    Poster prize for Sarah Schuster

    March 23, 2018

    Sarah (arrow) receives DGP-poster prize for her tsetse fly work

    March 21-24, 2018

    Eleven of us presented at the Parasitology Meeting in Berlin

    March 14, 2018

    We have launched a comprehensive online resource that features Theodor Boveri's life and work.

    February 17, 2018

    Tim Krüger's (nature-inspired) vision of a trypanobot on the issue cover of Micromachines

    February 16, 2018

    Uli Scheer publishes the rediscovery of Boveri's microscope slides in Würzburg.

    February 14, 2018

    Interested in doing your PhD in our interdisciplinary department? Perfect time to join us!

    February 8, 2018

    Novel components of the telomeric shelterin complex were identified in Trypanosome brucei.

    February 2, 2018

    Science or fiction? Can we design trypanosome-inspired micro-robots? Read our new review.

    February 1, 2018

    Advance notice for M.Sc. students. Our brand-new module will start in April.


    January 25, 2018 -- A103, 09:15 a.m.

    Size-dependent organelle transport during phagocytosis

    January 17, 2018

    Our work on VSG structure and dynamics featured by the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF)

    January 7, 2018

    New review in Cellular Microbiology

    Andrew Jonathan Nok (1962 - 2017)

    November 21, 2017

    Our friend and coworker Prof Andrew Nok has passed away. With deep sorrow we remember his brilliant intellect, his kindness and wonderful sense of humor. Markus Engstler

    November 13, 2017 -- A103, 09:15 a.m.

    Electron cryo microscopy as tool in structural biology


    November 13, 2017

    Find your favorite thesis project! We are continuously updating the selection of topics ...

    November 13, 2017

    Ricardo Benavente appointed „Investigador Emérito“ by the Clemente-Estable-Institute for Biological Research in Montevideo


    November 8, 2017

    Sarah's work in eLIFE featured by Cambridge-based BPoD

    November 16, 2017 -- A103, 09:15 a.m.

    Structural dissections of the flagellar pocket collar in Trypanosoma brucei and a novel oligomeric lysine methyltranferase from Toxoplasma gondii

    October 16, 2017

    We welcome all new (and old) students to the winter term. Hope you like our lectures, seminars and courses!

    October 12, 2017

    The school, co-organized by Susanne Kramer, has been honored by the HRK

    Microswimmer School in Cargese

    September 18 to 22, 2017

    Markus Engstler lectured at the International School "From single particle motion to collective behaviour".

    September 11, 2017

    Our work on the structure-function relationship of VSG published in Nature Microbiology

    August 15, 2017

    Sarah's work published in eLife

    Georg Borner

    July 27, 2017 -- A103, 09:15 a.m.

    MPI Biochemie, Martinsried

    Dynamic Mapping of Protein Subcellular Localization through Quantitative Proteomics

    Helena Reis

    July 19, 2017 -- A101, 02:30 p.m.

    PhD defence

    Helena Reis


    July 18, 2017

    ...we have started to launch our new websites ... will take a while ....

    Ger van Zandbergen

    July 13, 2017 -- A103, 09:15 a.m.

    Paul-Ehrlich-Institut, Langen

    “Paraphagy”, a new autophagy mechanism for Leishmania immune evasion?

    Nina Papavasiliou

    June 28, 2017 -- A101, 05:15 p.m.

    DKFZ Heidelberg

    Adaptive fine tuning of genetic information by DNA mutation and RNA editing


    Henriette Zimmermann

    June 21, 2017 -- A101, 02:30 p.m.

    PhD defence

    Henriette Zimmermann


    Lehrstuhl für Zoologie I - Zell- und Entwicklungsbiologie
    Am Hubland
    97074 Würzburg

    Phone: +49 931 31-84250
    Fax: +49 931 31-84252

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