Group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden
2000 - 2004
Postdoctoral work at the Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California in Berkeley at the laboratory of Dr. Gerald M. Rubin
1995 - 1999
PhD work at EMBL Heidelberg, Germany at the laboratory of Dr. Anne Ephrussi
Core funding for the group generously provided by MPI-CBG.
Quantitative Analysis of the Hourglass Model of Evolution of Development. The goal of the project is to combine transcriptomics, advanced imaging and image analysis and reverse genetics manipulation of the genomes of different Drosophila species to elucidate the properties of gene regulatory networks that underlie the constraint on animal morphology during the conserved phylotypic stage of embryonic development.
Sep 2008 - Sep 2011
Quantitative modeling of expression pattern evolution in insect development A joint application with Dr. Uwe Ohler (Duke) and Dr. Casey Bergman (University of Manchester) aiming to study differences in gene expression regulation among closely related Drosophila species.
May 2010 - May 2015
GENCODYS: Genetic and Epigenetic Networks in Cognitive Disfunction FP7 This large EU network project, of which I am one of the 12 partners, aims to understand the molecular basis of cognitive disorders by combining various functional genomics approaches in invertebrate and vertebrate model systems with clinical studies. My role is to generate and study large collection of tagged fosmid transgenes for Drosophila orthologs of genes implicated in human mental retardation.
Jan 2007- Jan 2010
Genome-wide analysis of gene expression in imaginal discs of Drosophila melanogaster A joint application with Christian Dahmann to map the patterns of gene expression in larval imaginal discs using RNA in situ probes previously employed in similar survey in the fly embryo.