Short CV/Education and training

  • 1989
    Diplom thesis; Diplom degree in biology

  • 1989 – 1992
    Parental leave

  • 1993 – 1996
    Doctoral studies and thesis

  • 1997 – 2000
    Postdoc in the Institute of Developmental Biology, University of Cologne, Germany

  • 2000 – 2001
    Postdoc in the Institute of Genetics, University of Cologne

  • 2001 – 2003
    Principal investigator in the Institute of Genetics, University of Cologne

  • 2003
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in genetics

  • 2003 – 2005
    Heisenberg Fellow in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge (UK)

  • 2005 – 2007
    Heisenberg Fellow in the Institute of Genetics, Mainz University, Germany

  • 2007 – 2009
    Senior Lecturer in cell biology/neurobiology at Queen Mary College, University of London (UK), School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

  • 2009
    Promoted to Reader (Associate Professor) in Evolutionary Developmental Biology at Queen Mary College, University of London (UK), School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Selected publications

  • Stollewerk, A., Weller, M., Tautz, D.: Neurogenesis in the spider Cupiennius salei. In: Development 128, 2001. pp. 2673-2688.

  • Stollewerk, A.: Recruitment of cell groups through Delta/Notch signalling during spider neurogenesis. In: Development 129, 2002. pp. 5339-5348.

  • Dove, H., Stollewerk, A.: Comparative analysis of neurogenesis in the myriapod Glomeris marginata (Diplopoda) suggests more similarities to chelicerates than to insects. In: Development 130, 2003. pp. 2161-2171.

  • Stollewerk, A., Schoppmeier, M., Damen, W.G.M.: Involvement of Notch and Delta genes in spider segmentation. In: Nature 423, 2003. pp. 863-865.

  • Chipman, A.D., Stollewerk, A.: Specification of neural precursor identity in the geophilomorph centipede Strigamia maritima. In: Dev. Biol 290, 2006. pp. 337-350.

  • Stollewerk, A., Seyfarth, E.A.: Evolutionary changes in sensory precursor formation in arthropods: embryonic development of leg sensilla in the spider Cupiennius salei. In: Developmental Biology 313, 2008. pp. 659-673.

  • Gold, K., Cotton, J.A., Stollewerk, A.: The role of Notch signalling and numb function in mechanosensory organ formation in the spider Cupiennius salei. In: Developmental Biology 327, 2009. pp. 121-131.

  • Döffinger, C., Hartenstein, V., Stollewerk, A.: Compartmentalization of the precheliceral neuroectoderm in the spider Cupiennius salei: Development of the arcuate body, optic ganglia, and mushroom body. In: Journal of Comp Neurol; Published Online: Feb 16 2010, DOI: 10.1002/cne.22355.

  • Doeffinger, C., Stollewerk, A.: How can conserved gene expression allow for variation? Lessons from the dorso-ventral patterning gene muscle segment homeobox. In: Developmental Biology 345, 2010. pp. 105-116.

  • Ayyar, S. et al.: An arthropod cis-regulatory element functioning in sensory organ precursor development dates back to the Cambrian. In: BMC Biology 8(1), 2010. pp. 127.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Evolution of the ventral nervous system in Chelicerata and Myriapoda

  • Evolution of the ventral nervous system in Crustacea

  • Evolution of brain compartmentalisation in Chelicerata and Onychophora

  • Evolution of the sensory nervous system in Arthropoda


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    Dr. Angelika Stollewerk and her team at Queen Mary, University of London, compare developmental processes in insects and other arthropods to understand how their differing nervous systems have evolved.