Arendt lab, EMBL Heidelberg (Germany)

Origin and evolution of the nervous system and the entire animal body in Plathynereis dumerilii and other marine animals.


Balavoine lab, Institut Jacques Monod/ Université de Paris (France)

Early stages of animal evolution and body plan development across metazoan.


Ferrier lab, University of St Andrews (United Kingdom)

Diversity of the animal body plans, studying the evolution of genome organization and development.


Hardege lab, University of Hull (United Kingdom)

Adaptation and plasticity in animal sensory systems.


Helm lab, Georg-August University Göttingen (Germany)

Evolution and development of invertebrate organs and cell types.


Hui lab, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (China)


Jékely lab, University of Exeter (United Kingdom)

Structure, function and evolution of neural circuits and neuronal cell types and the mechanisms of neuromodulation.


Kostyuchenko lab, Saint-Petersburg State University (Russia)


Özpolat lab, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole (USA)

Mechanisms of reproductive cell formation and regeneration.


Raible lab, Max Perutz Labs, University of Vienna (Austria)

Stem cells, regeneration and developmental plasticity.


Schneider lab, Academia Sinica, Taipei (Taiwan)

Spiralian development and evolution.


Tessmar-Raible lab, Max Perutz Labs, University of Vienna (Austria)

Sensory processing of solar and lunar light and their impact on the endogenous clocks.


Tomancak lab, MPI of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetic, Dresden (Germany)


Vervoort and Gazave lab, Institut Jacques Monod - CNRS/ Université de Paris (France)

Evolution of stem cells and regeneration, using the model organism Platynereis dumerilii.


Williams lab, University of Exeter (United Kingdom)

Research in my lab focuses on understanding metamorphosis in marine invertebrate larvae. We primarily use Platynereis as a lab model.

Our research has three main areas of investigation:

  • identification of environmental cues for larval settlement and metamorphosis
  • morphology and physiology of larval sensory systems
  • molecular signaling pathways for metamorphosis