Developmental Biology

Welcome to Developmental Biology

We are home to four research groups that share a mission to decipher biological principles in the context of animal development and tissue homeostasis. We also aim to train the next generation of developmental biologists through inspiring teaching at the level of bachelor, master, and PhD education in the biology department and Utrecht Life Sciences community. Learn more about our research or teaching through the links in the menu, or continue scrolling to read the latest news from our division.

News from our division

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MES-3 is C. elegans SUZ12

Sensitive similarity searches and structure prediction unearthed that MES-3 is a highly divergent ortholog of the canonical PRC2 component SUZ12.

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New Suijkerbuijk lab member

A warm welcome to Merel van Luyk as a new PhD student in the Suijkerbuijk group! We are happy you joined and wish you great success in your PhD.

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C. elegans Crumbs complex composition

Congratulations to Victoria Garcia on her paper describing the composition of the C. elegans Crumbs complex!

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Playing with the trouble

Suzan Ruijtenberg received a grant from the Centre for Unusual Collaborations (Cuco). Together with an inter-disciplinary team of nine researchers, Suzan will co-create a toolbox of modular mini-games that can support interdisciplinary collaborations and education.

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Redundant control of lumen morphogenesis in C. elegans

Congratulations Jorian on the first paper in 2022! We show that ERM-1 phosphorylation and binding to NRFL-1 NHERF1/EBP50 redundantly control intestinal morphology.

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Generation of mixed murine organoids

Ana's recent publication in STAR Protocols describes the generation of mixed murine organoids which can be used to model cellular interactions. Congratulations Ana!

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New lab members

In the final months of 2021, we welcomed two new PhD students to our devision. Loes started in the Ruijtenberg group, and Olga started in the Boxem group. We are happy you joined and wish both of you great success in your PhD!

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LET-413 Scribble is essential in larval epithelia

Amalia's recent publication in PLOS Genetics shows that LET-413 Scribble is essential in the epidermis for animal development, and for directed outgrowth of the seam cells. Congratulations Amalia!

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Fluorescence-based protein–protein interaction assay

Jason's paper in Genetics presents C. elegans light-induced coclustering (CeLINC), an optical binary protein–protein interaction assay to determine whether two proteins interact in vivo.

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