Cell and Developmental Biology

From Cells to Tissues – The CellDevo Track

Cell and Developmental Biology • CellDevo Track

The CellDevo Track focuses on the study of molecular mechanisms in eukaryotic cells and their role in tissue formation, with the level of analysis ranging from single molecules to single cells, from cells to tissues, and from tissues to whole organisms. In order to understand complex cellular and developmental processes, experimental, computational, and theoretical approaches are combined. All approaches benefit from the availability of a wide variety of model systems to address fundamental questions of cell biology, developmental biology, genetics, and neurobiology, such as: What are the fundamental mechanisms underlying tissue morphogenesis? How are the shapes and sizes of tissues and organisms controlled? How do individual cells form tissues during development?

Understanding such systems-level phenomena requires quantitative measurements combined with theory and computation. The program hence includes a variety of “Omics” techniques, such as genomics, proteomics, and lipidomics, as well as single-molecule approaches and high-resolution 2D and 3D imaging and microscopy. Since biological systems challenge the available methods, and the necessary foundations in physics, computer science, and mathematics are often missing, the CellDevo track greatly benefits from the fundamental research in computer science, bio-image informatics, biophysics, and applied mathematics represented in the CompBio and BioPhysEng tracks and help to develop the methodological foundations for future biology in tight integration with life imaging and other experimental approaches.

Research Fields

  • Biochemistry
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Lipidomics
  • Molecular Cell Biology
  • Neurobiology