Research InterestsDevelopment of vertebrate cranial placodes
Research AreaEmbryonic development of cranial sense organs in amphibians; evolutionary origin and diversification of cranial sense organs; the evolution of developmental mechanisms. We are interested in the development and evolution of the vertebrate nervous system and sense organs. One major focus of our research are cranial placodes, the precursors of most ganglia and sense organs in the vertebrate head. We mainly use the clawed toad Xenopus laevis as a model organism to study their development. In addition, we try to elucidate evolutionary origins and modifications of cranial sense organs by comparison with other chordates. We also pursue broader questions of sensory development and evolution as well as more general theoretical problems concerning the evolution of developmental processes.
Current MembersSchlosser, Gerhard (Principal Investigator/Director) Contact
Ahrens, Katja (Graduate Student)
AlumniMaharana, Santosh Kumar (Post-doc)
ContactInstitution: National University of Ireland Address:
School of Natural Sciences,
National University of Ireland