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About: kapanfilio

I am a junior group leader in the Institute for Developmental Biology, University of Cologne, Germany. I do comparative research on epithelial morphogenesis, specifically focusing on the reorganization events performed by the extraembryonic membranes as they develop and later withdraw during insect embryogenesis. More broadly, I am interested in all aspects of the evolution, diversity, and function of these extraembryonic membranes, which are a synapomorphy of the insects, are essential for development, and have been implicated in the radiation and evolutionary success of the insect lineage. Additional key words: amnion; serosa; cell/ tissue architecture; live imaging; RNAi; red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum); milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus)

Posts by kapanfilio:

Postdoc: Comparative epithelial morphogenesis

Posted by on July 23rd, 2016

From autumn 2016, a postdoctoral research position is available in the Panfilio lab to investigate morphogenesis of the insect extraembryonic (EE) membranes. These simple epithelia are highly dynamic in their role as transient, protective covers for the embryo. The aim is to understand how EE morphogenesis works at multiple levels of biological organization, from cellular[…]

Evo-Devo PhD Position (Molecular Evolution) in Cologne, Germany

Posted by on December 31st, 2013

From early 2014, a PhD studentship is available in the Panfilio lab to investigate hypotheses of macroevolutionary change in gene function.  The aim is to address the evolution of the Hox3/zen gene, which is highly conserved in most animals but has acquired novel roles within the insects.  Focusing on the orthologues and paralogues of two[…]

Comparative epithelial morphogenesis research positions (PhD, Postdoc)

Posted by on October 26th, 2011

From early 2012, a PhD studentship and a postdoctoral position are available in the Panfilio lab (in Cologne, Germany) to investigate morphogenesis of the insect extraembryonic membranes.  As protective covers for the embryo, these simple epithelia are a defining feature of the insects and have been linked to their evolutionary success.  However, in order to[…]