Hippenmeyer Group

Genetic Dissection of Cerebral Cortex Development

The human cerebral cortex, the seat of our cognitive abilities, is composed of an enormous number and diversity of neurons and glia cells. How the cortex arises from neural stem cells is an unsolved but fundamental question in neuroscience. In the pursuit of mechanistic insights, the Hippenmeyer group genetically dissects corticogenesis at unprecedented single cell resolution using the unique MADM (Mosaic Analysis with Double Markers) technology.

The Hippenmeyer group’s current objectives are 1) to establish a definitive quantitative and mechanistic model of cortical neural stem cell lineage progression; 2) to dissect the cellular and molecular mechanisms generating cell-type diversity; 3) to determine the role of genomic imprinting, an epigenetic phenomenon, in cortex development. In a broader context, the group’s research has the ultimate goal to advance the general understanding of brain function and why human brain development is so sensitive to disruption of particular signaling pathways in pathological neurodevelopmental diseases and psychiatric disorders


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Team

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Nicole Amberg

Postdoc

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Raquel Casado Polanco

PhD Student

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Giselle Cheung

Postdoc


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Ishita Gupta

PhD Student

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Andi Hansen

Postdoc

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Osvaldo Miranda Romero

PhD Student


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Florian Pauler

Research Technician

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Melissa Stouffer

Postdoc

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Carmen Streicher

Research Technician

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Ana Villalba Requena

Postdoc


Current Projects

Determine neuronal lineages by clonal analysis | Mechanisms generating cell-type diversity | Probing genomic imprinting in cortex development


Publications

Cheung GT, Bataveljic D, Visser J, Kumar N, Moulard J, Dallérac G, Mozheiko D, Rollenhagen A, Ezan P, Mongin C, Chever O, Bemelmans AP, Lübke J, Leray I, Rouach N. 2022. Physiological synaptic activity and recognition memory require astroglial glutamine. Nature Communications. 13, 753. View

Maes ME, Wögenstein GM, Colombo G, Casado Polanco R, Siegert S. 2021. Optimizing AAV2/6 microglial targeting identified enhanced efficiency in the photoreceptor degenerative environment. Molecular Therapy – Methods and Clinical Development. 23, 210–224. View

Amberg N, Hippenmeyer S. 2021. Genetic mosaic dissection of candidate genes in mice using mosaic analysis with double markers. STAR Protocols. 2(4), 100939. View

Hansen AH. 2021. Cell-autonomous gene function and non-cell-autonomous effects in radial projection neuron migration. IST Austria. View

Samarasinghe RA, Miranda O, Buth JE, Mitchell S, Ferando I, Watanabe M, Kurdian A, Golshani P, Plath K, Lowry WE, Parent JM, Mody I, Novitch BG. 2021. Identification of neural oscillations and epileptiform changes in human brain organoids, Springer Nature, 32p. View

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Career

since 2019 Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
2012 – 2019 Assistant Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
2011 – 2012 Research Associate, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA
2006 – 2011 Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, Palo Alto, USA
2004 – 2006 Postdoctoral Associate, University of Basel and Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
2004 PhD, University of Basel, Switzerland


Selected Distinctions

2016 ERC Consolidator Grant
2014 HFSP Program Grant
2013 Marie Curie Career Integration Grant
2009 – 2011 Fellowship for Advanced Researchers, Swiss National Science Foundation, Bern, Switzerland
2007 – 2009 HFSP Long-term Fellowship
2006 EMBO Long-term Fellowship
2005 Natural Sciences Faculty Prize for the best PhD thesis of the year
2004, University of Basel, Switzerland
2005 Edmond H. Fischer Prize


Additional Information

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