The research of the Developmental Biology division focuses on studying biological principles in the context of living, developing multicellular organisms. The division is led by Prof. Dr. Sander van den Heuvel, and is home to several research groups, each with their own research focus.
Sander van den Heuvel studies the regulation of cell division in the context of animal development. Research topics in the group include asymmetric cell division, the control of cell-cycle entry, and the regulation of differentiation vs. proliferation. C. elegans is the main model system used for these studies, with less frequent use of mammalian tissue culture systems.
Mike Boxem uses a combination of systems biology approaches, systematic experimental manipulation, and live-cell imaging to study the process of cell polarization.
Rüdiger Schulz studies basic questions regarding the control of spermatogonial stem cell divisions in Zebrafish, as well as applied questions on the reproduction of commercial fish including Salmon and Cod.
Inge The studies the regulation of cell proliferation vs. differentiation in collaboration with the group of Sander van den Heuvel.
Suzan Ruijtenberg studies how translational regulation contributes to cellular behavior and developmental decisions, using a combination of genetic, biochemical and single molecule imaging approaches.
To read more about the different research projects, please visit the research group sites through the menu on the right.