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Dr. Esther Ullrich-Lüter


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Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin

Dr. Esther Ullrich-Lüter

  • Postdoctoral researcher in the research group of Dr Carsten Lüter
  • PI of DFG funded project „Towards the vertebrate eye–exploring photoreceptors of basal deuterostomes”

Research interests:

Evolution of photoreceptor systems in basal deuterostomes (echinoderms and enteropneusts)

With an integrative morphological and (functional) molecular approach we aim to characterize photoreceptor cells and systems to obtain information regarding their function and evolution.

We deploy cell type specific“molecular fingerprinting” via in situ-hybridization, immunohistochemistry, SEM, TEM, µCT, computer based photoreceptor system modelling and new functional molecular methods.

Publications (Selection)

Ullrich-Lüter, E. M., D`Agniello S. & Arnone, M.I. (2013). C-opsin expressing photoreceptors in echinoderms. Comparative and Integrative Biology, 53(1):27-38.

Ullrich-Lüter, E. M., Dupont, S., Arboleda, E., Hausen, H. & Arnone, M.I. (2011a). Unique system of photoreceptors in sea urchin tube feet. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 108: 8367-8372.

Ullrich-Lüter, E.M., Hausen, H., Arnone, M.I. & Dupont, S. (2011b). Function and Evolution of Echinoid Photoreceptors. In: Wörheide, G. & Krings, M. (eds.) Deep Metazoan Phylogeny 2011 – new data, new challenges, 11.-14. October 2011, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München. Zitteliana 30: 51.

Ullrich-Lüter, E.M. (2011c). Morphological and Molecular Studies on Photoreceptors in Echinodermata. PhD thesis. Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Ullrich-Lüter, E.M., Dupont, S., Arboleda, E., Arnone, M.I. & Hausen, H. (2010). Watch your step - photoreceptors in sea urchin tube feet. In: Reich, M., Reitner, J, Rhoden, V. & Thuy, B. (eds) Echinoderm Research 2010, 7th European Conference on Echinoderms, Göttingen, October 2 - 9, 2010, Universitätsverlag Göttingen, pp. 107-108.

Esther Ullrich-Lüter