Career History

  • Since 2010 Professor of Developmental Biology
  • Reader in Developmental Biology, University of East Anglia, (2006 – 2010)
  • Senior Lecturer in Developmental Biology, University of East Anglia (2001-2006)
  • Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow, University of Dundee (1997-2001)
  • Lecturer and Principal Investigator, University of Dundee (1996-1997)
  • MDA Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA (1994-1996)
  • HFSPO Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA (1992-1994)
  • Ph.D. - National Institute for Medical Research, MRC, Mill Hill, London (1992)
  • German Diploma - Biology, University of Heidelberg (1988)

 

ResearcherID 

http://www.researcherid.com/rid/E-2205-2011

All Publications

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Saad, K., Otto, A., Theis, S., Kennerley, N., Munsterberg, A., Luke, G., Patel, K.

(2017)

Detailed expression profile of all six Glypicans and their modifying enzyme Notum during chick embryogenesis and their role in dorsal-ventral patterning of the neural tube,

in Gene

609

pp. 38-51

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Wang, G., Chen, E., Liang, C., Liang, J., Gao, L., Chuai, M., Munsterberg, A., Bao, Y., Cao, L., Yang, X.

(2017)

Atg7-Mediated Autophagy Is Involved in the Neural Crest Cell Generation in Chick Embryo,

in Molecular Neurobiology

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Sanz-Ezquerro, J. J., Münsterberg, A. E., Stricker, S.

(2017)

Editorial: Signaling Pathways in Embryonic Development,

in Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology

5

article no. 76

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Grocott, T., Thomas, P., Munsterberg, A.

(2016)

Atlas Toolkit: Fast registration of 3D morphological datasets in the absence of landmarks,

in Scientific Reports

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article no. 20732

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Giusti, J., Pinhal, D., Moxon, S., Lovaglio Campos, C., Munsterberg, A., Martins, C.

(2016)

MicroRNA-10 modulates Hox genes expression during Nile tilapia embryonic development,

in Mechanisms of Development

140

pp. 12-18

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Wittig, J., Munsterberg, A.

(2016)

The early stages of heart development: insights from chicken embryos,

in Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease

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article no. 12

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Lu, W., Shi, Y., Ma, Z., Wang, G., Liu, L., Chuai, M., Song, X., Munsterberg, A., Cao, L., Yang, X.

(2016)

Proper autophagy is indispensable for angiogenesis during chick embryo development,

in Cell Cycle

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pp. 1742-1754

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Hatch, V., Marin Barba, M., Moxon, S., Ford, C., Ward, N., Tomlinson, M., Desanlis, I., Hendry, A., Hontelez, S., van Krujsbergen, I., Veenstra, G. J., Munsterberg, A., Wheeler, G.

(2016)

The positive transcriptional elongation factor (P-TEFb) is required for neural crest specification,

in Developmental Biology

416

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pp. 361–372

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Münsterberg, A., Hoppler, S.

(2016)

WNT and BMP regulate roadblocks toward cardiomyocyte differentiation: lessons learned from embryos inform human stem cell differentiation,

in Stem Cell Investigation

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article no. 33

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Abu-Elmagd, M., Goljanek-Whysall, K., Wheeler, G., Munsterberg, A.

(2015)

Sprouty2 mediated tuning of signalling is essential for somite myogenesis,

in BMC Medical Genomics

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article no. S8

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About-Elhamd, A., Alrefaei, A., Mok, G. F. (., Garcia-Morales, C., Abu-Elmagd, M., Wheeler, G., Munsterberg, A.

(2015)

Klhl31 attenuates β-catenin dependent Wnt signaling and regulates embryo myogenesis,

in Developmental Biology

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pp. 61-71

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Ahmed, A., Ward, N. J., Moxon, S., Lopez-Gomollon, S., Viaut, C., Tomlinson, M. L., Patrushev, I., Gilchrist, M. J., Dalmay, T., Dotlic, D., Munsterberg, A. E., Wheeler, G. N.

(2015)

A database of microRNA expression patterns in Xenopus laevis,

in PLoS ONE

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article no. e0138313

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Mok, G. F., Alrefaei, A. F., McColl, J., Grocott, T., Munsterberg, A.

(2015)

Chicken as a Developmental Model,

in eLS.

John Wiley & Sons, Ltd

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Reynolds, A., Wharton, N., Parris, A., Mitchell, E., Sobolewski, A., Kam, C., Bigwood, L., El Hadi, A., Münsterberg, A., Lewis, M., Speakman, C., Stebbings, W., Wharton, R., Sargen, K., Tighe, R., Jamieson, C., Hernon, J., Kapur, S., Oue, N., Yasui, W., Williams, M.

(2014)

Canonical Wnt signals combined with suppressed TGFβ/BMP pathways promote renewal of the native human colonic epithelium,

in Gut

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pp. 610-621

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Song, J., Mccoll, J., Camp Navarro, E., Kennerley, N., Mok, G., Mccormick, D., Grocott, T., Wheeler, G., Munsterberg, A.

(2014)

Smad1 transcription factor integrates BMP2 and Wnt3a signals in migrating cardiac progenitor cells,

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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pp. 7337-7342

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Goljanek-Whysall, K., Mok, G. F. (., Alrefaei, A., Kennerley, N., Wheeler, G., Munsterberg, A.

(2014)

myomiR-dependent switching of BAF60 variant incorporation into Brg1 chromatin remodeling complexes during embryo myogenesis,

in Development

141

pp. 3378-3387

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Li, Y., Wang, X., Ma, Z., Chuai, M., Munsterberg, A., Lee, K. K., Yang, X.

(2014)

Endoderm contributes to endocardial composition during cardiogenesis,

in Chinese Science Bulletin

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pp. 2749-2755

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Wang, X., Li, Y., Wang, G., Munsterberg, A., Chuai, M., Lee, K., Wang, L., Yang, X.

(2014)

Combinational electroporation and transplantation approach of studying gene functions in avian embryos.,

in Chinese Science Bulletin

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pp. 616-624

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Wang, X., Li, Y., Ma, Z., Wang, L., Chuai, M., Munsterberg, A., Geng, J., Yang, X.

(2013)

Retention of stem cell plasticity in avian primitive streak cells and the effects of local micro-environment,

in The Anatomical Record

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pp. 533-543

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Goljanek-Whysall, K., Pais, H., Rathjen, T., Sweetman, D., Dalmay, T., Munsterberg, A.

(2012)

Regulation of multiple target genes by miR-1 and miR-206 is pivotal for C2C12 myoblast differentiation,

in Journal of Cell Science

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pp. 3590-3600

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Key Research Interests

My group investigates cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie embryonic development. We use the chick embryo as a vertebrate model organism and are particularly interested in the signals that control cell fate decisions. For example, developing somites give rise to skeletal muscle, cartilage, bone and tendon. How are these different cell types specified? in the developing heart we have characterized the origin and migration of cells that contribute to different parrts of this important tissue. The mechanistic insights obtained do not only increase our understanding of early embryo development, but also impact areas such as stem cell science and regenerative medicine. 

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Current Research Projects 

  • Signalling pathways and cytoskeletal dynamics in somite patterning and myogenesis
  • The origin and migration of cardiac progenitor cells
  • MicroRNA function in skeletal muscle differentiation

 

Life in our research group

The group works in a well-equipped laboratory setting and benefits from shared facilities, in particular the Henry Wellcome Bioimaging lab and Taqman for quantitative PCR. Chick embryos are easy to manipulate using classical and molecular approaches. We are a dynamic group of international students and post-docs and have joint lab-meetings with the Wheeler lab. We participate in the weekly Cell and Developmental Biology seminar series and people from the lab regularly contribute to international conferences in Europe, Asia or North America by giving poster presentations or talks.

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in Biological Sciences. But feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Postdocs & Fellows

I am always happy to discuss possibilities for postdoctoral work and collaborations. Possible funding routes include applying for fellowships, e.g. EU Marie Curie fellowships, with me acting as sponsor, or grant applications with you as a named postdoc.

Teaching Interests

  • Skills for Biologists (4008Y)
  • Introduction to Biomedicine (4005Y)
  • Genetics (5009A)
  • Clinical Genetics (5011A)
  • Science communication
  • Molecular and Cellular Principles of Development (6012A)
  • Undergraduate final year Research Projects (6019Y)
  • Frontiers of Molecular Medicine (M201)

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Scientific Organizer: First BSDB/BSMB joint meeting on "The Musculoskeletal System: from Development to Disease", September 2014, Norwich
  • External examiner: King's College London, NIMR, College of Life Sciences (Dundee), University of Sheffield, ICR, University of Cambridge, St. Georges University London
  • Core member of the BBSRC Committee C: Genes, Development and STEM approaches (2012)
  • Pool/core member of the BBSRC Committee A: Animal systems, health and wellbeing (2009-2011)
  • Member of  BBSRC GDB Committee (2008-9)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Molecular Biology of the Cell (2005-present)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Developmental Dynamics (2015-present)
  • Invited speaker: Gordon Conferences on Myogenesis, Il Ciocco (2013)
  • Invited Speaker: EMBO Symposium Cardiac Biology, from Development to Regeneration, Heidelberg (2013)
  • Invited speaker: EMBO Conference on Muscle Development, Differentaition and Disease, Wiesbaden (2011)
  • Visiting Professor, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China (2011)

Awards:

  • Wellcome Trust Research Career Development Fellow (1997-2001)
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association, MDA Postdoctoral Fellow (1994-1996)
  • HFSPO, Postdoctoral Fellow (1992-1994)

Administrative Posts

  • Director of Research (2014 - present)
  • Theme Leader for Cells and Tissues (2010-2013)
  • Organizer CDB Seminars (2010 - present)
  • Member of Studentship selection panel (2006-2010)
  • Liaison Officer for international students (ERASMUS exchange programme with Germany)