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For more than a century Cell and Developmental Biology has been one major research focus at the Zoological Institute of the Julius-Maximilians-University in Würzburg. Here, Theodor Boveri founded the chromosome theory of inheritance and Hans Spemann did his habilitation. Today, our recently refurbished department continues to provide an inspiring scientific environment for several committed research groups. We work on basic aspects of membrane biology as well as on cell motility, meiosis, epigenetics or control of gene expression. Our approach is always quantitative and interdisciplinary using state-of-the art technology. We promote the deadly African trypanosomes as powerful cell biological model system, but also work with mammalian and yeast cells, C. elegans, the claw frog Xenopus and the enigmatic hydra. Besides our passion for science we are dedicated teachers. Each year hundreds of students attend our newly designed practical courses, seminars and lectures.


September 04,

Founding member of Neglected Tropical Diseases Network

Markus Engstler is a founding member of DNTDs, the German network to combat neglected tropical diseases. The alliance of scientific community, civil society and private industry was inaugurated on August 27th in Berlin and is part of a global initiative

August 28,

Historical roots of centrosome research: discovery of Boveri's microscope slides in Würzburg

Ulrich Scheer
Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 2014 369, 20130469, published 21 July 2014

August 11,

Chromatin Organization and Remodeling of Interstitial Telomeric Sites During Meiosis in the Mongolian Gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus)

de la Fuente, R., Manterola, M., Viera, A., Parra, M.T., Alsheimer, M., Rufas, J.S., Page, J. (2014).
Chromatin organization and remodeling of interstitial telomeric sites during meiosis in the Mongolian Gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus).
Genetics 197: 1137–1151

July 14,

Visiting scientists from Kenya

We welcome our friends and collaborators from icipe in Nairobi. Dr Francis McOdimba visits Würzburg for the first time. He will receive training on our high-end microscopy platforms. Joel Bargul will finalise joint experiments and prepare for his Würzburg doctoral exam.

July 09,

Marcella-Boveri-Research Prize for Dr. Susanne Kramer

Susanne Kramer is the first recipient of the Marcella-Boveri Prize. The prize acknowledges her excellent research and commitment. The award is named after Marcella Boveri who was among the first female students in Germany. The gender equality prize is endowed with €5000 .

July 09,

Membrane protein synthesis in cell-free systems: From bio-mimetic systems to bio-membranes

Rita Sachse, Srujan K. Dondapati, Susanne F. Fenz, Thomas Schmidt, Stefan Kubick … MORE

July 07,

Biocenter Science Award

Congratulations to Johanna Fraune, PhD student in the Benavente lab. She received the Biocenter Science Award 2014.

July 02,


Prof. Dr. Andreas Schlosser
Rudolf-Virchow-Zentrum Würzburg, Experimentelle Biomedizin
"Analysis of Posttranslational Modifications by Mass Spectrometry"
03.07.2014, 9.15 Uhr, Biozentrum, Hörsaal A103

June 17,


Kai Matuschewski
MPI für Infektionsbiologie, Berlin
"Murine malaria model - from genes to vaccine strategies"
18.06.2014, 17.00 Uhr, Biozentrum, Hörsaal A101

June 11,


Dr. Gilles Carnac and Dr. Dalila Laoudj-Chenivesse
INSERM, University of Montpellier, France
"Towards a combined cellular and pharmacological therapy of Facio-Scapulo-Humeral Dystrophy"
11.06.2014, 17.15 Uhr, Biozentrum, Hörsaal A103

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