Behr Group

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PD. Dr. Matthias Behr
 (Group Leader)

Leipzig University
Institute of Biology

Tel: +49 (0)341-97-39584 (office)


Research profile

In our lab, we study Morphogenesis, Extracellular Matrix, and Cell Junctions. Broadly speaking, our work combines three crucial fields of biology: Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, and Genetics.


We want to find out the fundamental mechanisms that take place in nature and therefore do basic research. However, our work often has a clear medical interest because understanding the fundamental processes that regulate life is essential for developing better treatment for diseases.

In our lab, we employ a multidisciplinary approach using a wide range of techniques from genetics, genomics, cell biology, high-resolution and quantitative imaging, biochemistry, molecular biology, and theoretical biology, among many others.

The main question our lab is trying to answer is:

How are tissues and organs built and maintained throughout the life of an organism? Our lab studies Gene families that help cells in cell drinking (endocytosis), cell-cell contact, and cell-matrix formation.


Teaching - PhD / Diploma / Master / Bachelor thesis:

Maximilian Göpfert, Anna Martin, Luise-Elektra Keller, Tariq Ali, Ricarda Hesse, Linda Pöschla, Anne Jacobs, Niklas Kühn, Yanina-Yasmin Pesch, Kapil R Patil, Georg Petkau, Laura CA Jussen, Anna Lollies, Tina Radtke, Christian Wingen, Birgit Stümpges


Reviewer for:

PNAS, Current Biology, PLOS Genetics, BMC Biology, J.Biol.Chem., Scientific Reports, European J. Cell Biology, PLOS one, Insect Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, MDPI life, Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology, Insect Science, Insect Molecular Biology, Pesticide Biochemistry & Physiology, Pest Management Science, Journal of Integrative Agriculture, Frontiers in Insect Science



Diplom Biology, University Freiburg i.Br. / Leeds University (GB)

PhD (Dr. rer. nat.), Max-Planck-Institute bpc, Göttingen

Posdoc/group lead, LIMES Institute, University Bonn

Habilitation, LIMES Institute, University Bonn

Privat Dozent (PD), Life Sciences, University Leipzig