Developmental Biology

Developmental Biology

The research of the Developmental Biology division focuses on studying biological principles in the context of living, developing multicellular organisms. The division is led by Prof. Dr. Sander van den Heuvel, and is home to several research groups, each with their own research focus.


Sander van den Heuvel
+31 30 253 3573
Padualaan 8
3584 CH, Utrecht
The Netherlands

Prof. dr. Sander van den Heuvel

Our research focuses on the coordinated regulation of cell division and differentiation in the context of animal development.

Mike Boxem
Dr. Mike Boxem

We study the molecular mechanisms that underlie cell polarity using a combination of high-throughput protein interaction mapping approaches and in vivo studies using the model organism C. elegans. 

Rüdiger Schulz
Dr. Rüdiger Schulz

Reproduction is one of the major biological processes characteristic of all living species. In animals, sexual reproduction is the by far dominating mode of reproduction, although only half of the individuals (i.e. mothers) produce offspring.

Inge The
Dr. Inge The

My work focuses on cell-cycle entry and exit in C. elegans development. 


Mike Boxem
29 October 2015
The European Commission has awarded a grant of four million Euros to the PolarNet project coordinated by Dr. Mike Boxem (Biology).
C. elegans
2 July 2015
The discovery of Professor Sander van den Heuvel and PhD researcher Suzan Ruijtenberg was published in the leading journal Cell
Bont and Sachs
21 April 2015
Second article regarding Seed Money Grants in Life Sciences.

Developmental Biology