Fachbereich Biologie

Professor of Developmental Biology


  • Division: Developmental Biology of Animals
  • Room: 14-222
  • Phone: +49(0)631 205 2401
  • Fax: +49(0)631 205 4090
  • Email: leitz(at)biologie.uni-kl.de

Curriculum vitae:

  • 1985 Dr. rer. nat. , Johannes-Gutenberg-University, Mainz
  • 1985-86 Research work at Hoechst AG, Department of Biochemistry
  • 1986-1988 Scientific employee at Zoological Institute II, University of Heidelberg
  • 1988-1994 Scientific assistant at Zoological Institute II, University of Heidelberg
  • 1994 Habilitation at Zoological Institute II, University of Heidelberg, Venia Legendi for Zoology
  • 1994-2000 Appointment as University lecturer at Zoological Institute II, Heidelberg (Developmental Biology)
  • since 2000 Professor, Head of Group of Developmental Biology of Animals, University of Kaiserslautern

Major Research Interest:

Metamorphosis of the marine hydrozoan Hydractinia echinata as a model for:

Biological system regulation by networks, cell-cell interaction, role of signals and signal-transduction..


Selected Publications:

  • Wittig K., Kasper J., Seipp S. & Leitz T. (2011) Evidence for an instructive role of apoptosis during the metamorphosis of Hydractinia echinata (Hydrozoa). Zoology (Jena) 114(1):11-22
  • Seipp S., Schmich J., Will B., Schetter E., Plickert G. & Leitz T. (2010) Neuronal cell death during metamorphosis of Hydractinia echinata (Cnidaria, Hydrozoa). Invert Neuroscience (2010) 10: 77-91
  • Stumpf M., Will B., Wittig K., Kasper J., Fischer B., Schmich J., Seipp S. & Leitz T. (2010) An organizing region in metamorphosing hydrozoan planula larvae - stimulation of axis formation in both larval and in adult tissue. Int. J. Dev. Biol. 54(5), 795-802




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