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PDN Symposium Plenary Speaker 2018

Professor Carl-Philipp Heisenberg

'Interplay between actomyosin contraction and tight junction formation during zebrafish gastrulation'

Professor Carl-Philipp Heisenberg studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which vertebrate embryos take shape. To obtain insights into critical processes in vertebrate morphogenesis, such as cell adhesion, migration, and polarization, the Heisenberg group focuses on gastrulation movements in zebrafish.


Gastrulation is a highly conserved morphogenetic process describing the transformation of a seemingly less structured mass of cells into a highly organized gastrula-stage embryo composed of the three primary cell layers, ectoderm, mesoderm and endoderm.


To dissect the mechanisms behind gastrulation movements, the Heisenberg group uses multi-disciplinary approaches, employing a combination of genetic, cell biological, biochemical, and biophysical techniques.

The abstract for Professor Heisenberg's talk can be found here.


Find out more at the Heisenberg group website

PDN Principal Investigators presenting at this year's symposium

Neurophysiology of reward and social cognition

Dr Fabian Grabenhorst

How to build a primate: Towards a synthetic model for primate embryogenesis

Dr Thorsten Boroviak

Dr Thorsten Boroviak

Local transformations of the hippocampal cognitive map

Dr Julija Krupic

Building and Breaking Epithelial tubes: an Optogenetic approach

Dr Clare Buckley

Micro-environmental control of gut renewal in Drosophila

Dr Golnar Kolahgar

Lung stem cells and their dynamic niche in regeneration and injury repair.

Dr Joo-Hyeon Lee

We would like to thank each of our speakers for contributing to the PDN Symposium 2018

Photo credits: Dr Helene Gautier

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