Lehrstuhl für Zell- und Entwicklungsbiologie

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, as powerful model system, without ignoring the huge impact that neglected tropical diseases have, especially in Africa.


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

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

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

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