Short CV/Education and training

  • 1993 – 1997
    Studied molecular biology (Biology II) toward the Diplom degree, Department Biozentrum, Faculty of Science, University of Basel, Switzerland

  • 1997 – 2002
    Doctoral studies in cell biology, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Faculty of Science, University of Basel

  • 2002 – 2008
    Research (postdoc) at the New York University School of Medicine and at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre, New York, USA

  • since 2008
    Head of the independent research group Neurodevelopmental Genetics, Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology, Bonn University Hospital, Germany

Selected publications

  • M Gazea, E Tasouri, M Tolve, V Bosch, A Kabanova, C Gojak, B Kurtulmus, O Novikov, J Spatz, G Pereira, W Hübner, C Brodski, KL Tucker*, S Blaess* (2016) Primary cilia are critical for Sonic Hedgehog-mediated dopaminergic neurogenesis in the embryonic midbrain. Dev Biol. 2016; 409:55-71.

  • A Kabanova‡, M Pabst‡, M Lorkowski, O Braganza, A Boehlen, N Nikbakht, L Pothmann, AR Vaswani, R Musgrove, DA Di Monte, M Sauvage, H Beck and S Blaess* (2015) Function and developmental origin of a mesocortical inhibitory circuit. Nat Neurosci. 18:872-82.

  • GO Bodea, JH Spille, P Abe, A Senturk Andersson, A Acker-Palmer, R Stumm, U Kubitscheck, S Blaess* (2014) Reelin and CXCL12 regulate distinct migratory behaviors during the development of the dopaminergic system. Development. 141:661-73.

  • G Alvarez-Bolado*, FA Paul and S Blaess* (2012) Sonic hedgehog lineage in the mouse hypothalamus: From progenitor domains to hypothalamic regions.
Neural Dev. 7:4.

  • S Blaess*, GO Bodea, A Kabanova, S Chanet, E Mugniery, A Derouiche, D Stephen and AL Joyner (2011) Temporal-spatial changes in Sonic Hedgehog expression and signaling reveal different potentials of ventral mesencephalic progenitors to populate distinct ventral midbrain nuclei. Neural Dev. 6:29.

  • S Blaess, D Stephen and AL Joyner (2008) Gli3 coordinates three-dimensional patterning and growth of the tectum and cerebellum by integrating Shh and Fgf8 signaling. Development. 135:2093-103.


  • JD Corrales, S Blaess, EM Mahoney and AL Joyner (2006) The level of Sonic hedgehog signaling regulates the complexity of cerebellar foliation. Development. 133:1811-21.

  • S Blaess, JD Corrales and AL Joyner (2006). Sonic hedgehog regulates Gli activator and repressor functions with spatial and temporal precision in the mid/hindbrain region. Development. 133:1799-809.

  • S Blaess‡, D Graus-Porta‡, R Belvindrah, R Radakovits, S Pons, A Littlewood-Evans, M Senften, H Guo, Y Li, JH Miner, LF Reichardt and U Müller (2004). β1-Integrins are Critical for Cerebellar Granule Cell Precursor Proliferation. J Neurosci. 24:3402-12.

  • D Graus-Porta‡, S Blaess‡, M Senften, A Littlewood-Evans, C Damsky, Z Huang, P Orban, R Klein, JC Schittny and U Müller (2001). β1-class Integrins Regulate the Development of Laminae and Folia in the Cerebral and Cerebellar Cortex. Neuron. 31:367-79.

  • * corresponding author, ‡ co-first author


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