Our Research

Our institute is interested in molecular mechanisms responsible for proper development of mammals.

The primary object for the analysis is the mouse. Special emphasis is given to neurogenesis and limb formation during development. Here, analysis of specific proteins in cilia function is our major focus.  In addition, we are interested in the analysis of processes controlling homeostasis and metabolism in adults.
Unproper control of any of these four processes can cause diseases similar to those described for humans. Therefore, our research in the mouse can be considered as a model for human diseases.

The kind of human diseases we are currently investigating are known under the names:
- ciliopathy - obesity - atherosclerosis - degeneration

Head of Institute

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Rüther

Entwicklungs- und Molekularbiologie der Tiere
Universitätsstraße 1
Building: 26.13
Floor/Room: 00.29
40225 Düsseldorf
Phone +49 211 81-11391
Fax +49 211 81-15113
Responsible for the content: E-MailProf. Dr. Ulrich Rüther