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

Group Leader


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Team

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Nicole Amberg

Postdoc

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Robert Beattie

Postdoc

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Giselle Cheung

Postdoc


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Andi Hansen

PhD Student

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Susanne Laukoter

Postdoc

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Osvaldo Miranda Romero

PhD Student


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Florian Pauler

Senior Laboratory Technician

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Melissa Stouffer

Postdoc

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Carmen Streicher

Laboratory Technician

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Current Projects

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


Publications

Hippe A, Braun SA, Oláh P, Gerber PA, Schorr A, Seeliger S, Holtz S, Jannasch K, Pivarcsi A, Buhren B, Schrumpf H, Kislat A, Bünemann E, Steinhoff M, Fischer J, Lira SA, Boukamp P, Hevezi P, Stoecklein NH, Hoffmann T, Alves F, Sleeman J, Bauer T, Klufa J, Amberg N, Sibilia M, Zlotnik A, Müller-Homey A, Homey B. 2020. EGFR/Ras-induced CCL20 production modulates the tumour microenvironment. British Journal of Cancer. View

Contreras X. 2020. Genetic dissection of neural development in health and disease at single cell resolution, IST Austria, 214p. View

Beattie RJ, Hippenmeyer S, Pauler F. 2020. SCOPES: Sparking curiosity through Open-Source platforms in education and science. Frontiers in Education. 5, 48. View

Beattie RJ, Streicher C, Amberg N, Cheung GT, Contreras X, Hansen AH, Hippenmeyer S. 2020. Lineage tracing and clonal analysis in developing cerebral cortex using mosaic analysis with double markers (MADM). Journal of Visual Experiments (JoVE). (159), e61147. View

Moon HM, Hippenmeyer S, Luo L, Wynshaw-Boris A. 2020. LIS1 determines cleavage plane positioning by regulating actomyosin-mediated cell membrane contractility. eLife. 9, 51512. View

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Career

since 2019 Professor, IST Austria
2012 – 2019 Assistant Professor, IST Austria
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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