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Anne-Kathrin Classen


Lab: Dr. Anne-Kathrin Classen
Department: Emmy Noether Research Group Leader
Address: ZBSA, Habsburgerstr. 49, 79104 Freiburg
Phone: +49 761 203 97109
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PhD positions available: YES
Research Area: Developmental Biology
Research Interests: - Signalling and proliferation during tissue regeneration
- Epithelial architecture and biomechanics
- Chromatin and epigenetic plasticity


Education & Training: 2002-2006: PhD in Biology, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics and Technical University Dresden, Germany.
2000-2002: Master of Science (MSc) in Biomolecular Sciences, The University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
1997-2000: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Cell Biology, The University of Manchester, UK.
Employment & Experience: Since 2011: Emmy Noether Research Group Leader, Institute of Human Biology and BioImaging, Faculty of Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany.
2006-2011: Postdoctoral fellow, University of California at Berkeley, USA - Lab of Prof. David Bilder.


Honors and Awards:

2012: ‘CAS Young Centre’ Membership, Center of Advanced Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Germany.
2011: Emmy Noether Program Fellowship, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany.
2007: JCCMF Postdoctoral Fellowship, Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research, New Haven (Yale), USA.
2007: MSc thesis material stipendFreundeskreis e.V of the Max-Delbrück-Center of Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany.
2000: Jencons Prize, Honours School of Cell Biology, University of Manchester, UK.


Selected Publications:

La Fortezza M, Schenk M, Cosolo A, Kolybaba A, Grass I, Classen AK. JAK/STAT signalling mediates cell survival in response to tissue stress. Development. 2016 Aug 15;143(16):2907-19.  Abstract

Bielmeier C, Alt S, Weichselberger V, La Fortezza M, Harz H, Jülicher F, Salbreux G, Classen AK. Interface Contractility between Differently Fated Cells Drives Cell Elimination and Cyst Formation. Curr Biol. 2016 Mar 7;26(5):563-74.  Abstract

Bunker BD, Nellimoottil TT, Boileau RM, Classen AK, Bilder D. The transcriptional response to tumorigenic polarity loss in Drosophila. Elife. 2015 Feb 26;4.  Abstract

Kolybaba A, Classen AK. Sensing cellular states--signaling to chromatin pathways targeting Polycomb and Trithorax group function. Cell Tissue Res. 2014 Jun;356(3):477-93.  Abstract

Mottola G, Classen AK, González-Gaitán M, Eaton S, Zerial M. A novel function for the Rab5 effector Rabenosyn-5 in planar cell polarity. Development. 2010 Jul;137(14):2353-64.  Abstract

Classen AK, Bunker BD, Harvey KF, Vaccari T, Bilder D. A tumor suppressor activity of Drosophila Polycomb genes mediated by JAK-STAT signaling. Nat Genet. 2009 Oct;41(10):1150-5.  Abstract

Kolahi KS*, White PF*, Shreter DM*, Classen AK*, Bilder D, Mofrad MR. Quantitative analysis of epithelial morphogenesis in Drosophila oogenesis: New insights based on morphometric analysis and mechanical modeling. Dev Biol. 2009 Jul 15;331(2):129-39. *shared first co-authors.  Abstract

Classen AK, Aigouy B, Giangrande A, Eaton S. Imaging Drosophila pupal wing morphogenesis. Methods Mol Biol. 2008;420:265-75.  Abstract

Vogel MJ, Guelen L, de Wit E, Peric-Hupkes D, Lodén M, Talhout W, Feenstra M, Abbas B, Classen AK, van Steensel B. Human heterochromatin proteins form large domains containing KRAB-ZNF genes. Genome Res. 2006 Dec;16(12):1493-504.  Abstract

Classen AK, Anderson KI, Marois E, Eaton S. Hexagonal packing of Drosophila wing epithelial cells by the planar cell polarity pathway. Dev Cell. 2005 Dec;9(6):805-17.  Abstract

SGBM PhD students

SGBM PhD students:

Track 1

Deepti Prasad (since January 2018)

Track 2
Janhvi Jaiswal (since September 2016)
Vanessa Weichselberger (since May 2016)

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