Daria Martin, Schering Stiftung Projektraum


Lecture Series Cell Communication

23.10.2017, Berlin | In the 2017/2018 winter term, the Integrative Research Institute of Life Sciences at HU Berlin invites the public to a colloquium on “Cell Communication.” The colloquium features lectures by high-profile international scientists who draw on their current research to present the entire spectrum of cell communication, from cells communicating across long distances to direct cell-to-cell communication. Communication can take place between cells of the same type as well as been different cell types of an organism or different organisms. On December 7, 2017, at 4 p.m., Jenifer Croce from the Pierre and Maria Curie University in Paris, France, will talk about “Roles of cCnonical Wnt Signaling in Embryogenesis: Insights from Sea Urchin Investigations.”


Jennifer Croce about her research work:

"The development of multicellular organisms relies on an intricate choreography of intercellular communication events that pattern the embryo and coordinate the formation of tissues and organs. One of the most surprising findings about this aspect has been that a relatively small number of molecular cascades are redeployed during development to generate the cellular and morphological diversity observed across the animal kingdom. Among these cascades, the canonical Wnt pathway features very prominently. It is involved in the regulation of a plethora of biological processes ranging from cell fate specification and cell proliferation during embryogenesis to tissue homeostasis in adulthood. Despite the many studies carried out to date on this pathway, surveys discriminating different biological functions of canonical Wnt signaling within a given animal in the course of its development remain elusive. In our research team, we have been investigating the roles of the canonical Wnt pathway during development of a marine invertebrate deuterostome, the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus. Altogether, our work has yielded several novel insights into the developmental processes dependent on canonical Wnt signaling activity during sea urchin development, thereby providing steps towards a comprehensive characterization and understanding of the functions of this key pathway during development as well as of its diversification in animal evolution."

The IRI Colloquium is aimed at students, doctoral candidates, researchers as well as the interested public.

Colloquium on “Cell Communication”

Integrative Research Institute of Life Sciences
Michaelis Bldg. 18 | Maud Menten Hall (4th floor)
Philippstr. 13 | 10115 Berlin

Ueli Schibler (University of Geneva)
Daily oscillations in the liver

Jenifer Croce (UPMC Université Paris)
Roles of canonical Wnt signaling in embryogenesis: insights from sea urchin investigations

Stanislav Shvartsman (Princeton University)
Quantitative biology of developmental signalling

Nassos Typas (EMBL Heidelberg)
Drugs, bugs and chemical genomics

Shelly Tzlil (Technion Haifa)

Amy Buck (University of Edinburgh)
RNA and vesicle secretion by helminth parasites: at the host interface

The lectures will be in English.
Registration is not required.

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IRI Colloquium

The IRI Colloquium is an event series focusing on a different topic each semester. Internationally renowned scientists are invited to provide insight into their current research. In addition to being able to participate in the discussions that are part of the lectures, young scientists are also given the opportunity for individual conversations to talk about and receive inspiration for their own research. The Ernst Schering Foundation supports the “Life in Numbers” colloquium during the 2017 summer term, since it addresses important aspects of basic research in the life sciences and encourages the cross-disciplinary networking of Berlin-based scientists.



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