Short CV/Education and training

  • 1977 – 1983
    Studied biology at Heinrich Heine University and Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, Southampton University, UK

  • 1984 – 1987
    Doctorate at the Zoological Institute at Ruhr University Bochum

  • 1988 – 1991
    Research associate at the Institute of Anatomy at Ruhr University Bochum

  • 1991
    Research associate at the Institute of Anatomy at the University of Freiburg, Germany

  • 1994
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in anatomy

  • 1995
    Senior assistant at the Institute of Anatomy at the University of Freiburg

  • 1998
    Specialist qualification in anatomy

  • 1999
    Appointed professor of anatomy and developmental biology at the University of Freiburg

  • 2004
    Visiting professor in the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Lanzhou, China

  • 2005
    Member of the faculty (Life Science) at Fudan University, Shanghai, China

  • 2006
    Visiting professor at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

  • 2009
    Appointed professor of anatomy and cell biology at the Ruhr University Bochum

Selected publications

  • Rehimi, R. et al.: A novel role of CXCR4 and SDF-1 during migration of cloacal muscle precursors. In: Dev. Dyn. 239, 2010. pp. 1622-1631.

  • Bonafede, A. et al.: BMPs restrict the position of premuscle masses in the limb buds by influencing Tcf4 expression. In: Dev. Biol. 299, 2006. pp. 330-344.

  • Yusuf, F. et al.: Inhibitors of CXCR4 affect the migration and fate of CXCR4+ progenitors in the developing limb of chick embryos. In: Dev. Dyn. 235, 2006. pp. 3007-3015.

  • Dai, F. et al.: pEGFP-vector based RNA interference for in vivo gene functional analysis in chicken embryos. In: Dev. Biol. 285, 2005. pp. 80-90.

  • Vasyutina, E. et al.: CXCR4 and Gab1 co-operate to control the development of migrating muscle progenitor cells. In: Genes and Development 19, 2005. pp. 2187-2198.

  • Hornik, C. et al.: cDermo-1 misexpression induces dense dermis, feathers and scales. In: Dev. Biol. 277, 2005. pp. 42-50.


Selected projects

  • Control of cell migration in the embryo

  • Skeletal muscle development

  • Muscle stem cells

  • Mesonephros development

  • Stem cells of the cornea

  • Function of Atoh8/Math6/Hath6 in development and disease

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Reviewer for the Academy of Finland

  • Reviewer for the European Research Council (ERC)

  • Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony

  • German–Israeli-Foundation (GIF)

  • National Science Foundation, USA

  • Association Francaise contre les Myopathies (AFM)

  • The Wellcome Trust

  • Margarete von Wrangel Habilitation (postdoctoral) programme for women

  • Review board member for the German Research Foundation (DFG), 2004 – 2008

Peer reviewer for the following journals:

  • Anatomy and Embryology, Annals of Anatomy, Cell and Tissue Research, Cells Tissues Organs, BMC Developmental Biology, Development, Developmental Biology, Developmental Dynamics, Development Genes and Evolution, Differentiation, Experimental Brain Research, Journal of Histochemistry and Cell Biology, Mechanisms of Development, Nature Genetics

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Four children


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