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The zebrafish, Danio rerio, owing its name to the striking stereotypic pattern of horizontal blue and golden stripes, has emerged as the model organism for the genetic analysis of colour pattern formation in vertebrates. During the last years an ever increasing number of adult viable mutants with altered colour patterns have been collected, and novel approaches in lineage tracing in individual fish were developed, providing the unique opportunity to access the genetic and cell biological background of the complex and protracted developmental process in this species.
For the discovery of genes that control development in animals and humans, and the demonstration of morphogen gradients in the fly embryo she has received a number of awards and honors, among others the Albert Lasker Medical Research Award, New York (USA), the Prix Louis Jeantet de Médecine, Geneva (Switzerland), the Ernst Schering Price, Berlin (Germany), and the Nobel Price for Medicine or Physiology in 1995. She is recipient of honorary degrees of the Universities Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Rockefeller (USA), Utrecht (the Netherlands), UC London, Oxford and Sheffield (UK), Freiburg and Munich (Germany). Memberships: foreign member of the Royal Society, London (UK), and the National Academy, Washington (USA); member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), the Leopoldina, Halle, the Berlin/Brandenburg Academy, the Order Pour Le Mérite, Berlin, and the Académie des Sciences, Paris. In 2004 Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard has founded the CNV-Foundation to support women in Science with children (http://www.cnv-stiftung.de). She was secretary general of the EMBO until 2009 and president of the Gesellschaft deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte until 2008. She has been a member of the Senate of the Max Planck Society, the National Ethics Council of Germany and several advisory boards and committees. From 2005 until 2012 she was a member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC). In 2013 she was elected to be chancellor of the Order Pour Le Mérite. In 2016 she receives the Advanced Grant of the European Research Council (ERC).
Interests: Music (Voice, Flute), Literature, Gardening, Cooking. Since 2010 she is head of the curatorium of the International HugoWolf Academy in Stuttgart, Germany.
more than 180 original scientific articles, some popular scientific comments in newspapers (FAZ, Die Zeit).
Von Genen und Embryonen, Reclam: Stuttgart 2004.
Das Werden des Lebens: Wie Gene die Entwicklung steuern, C.H. Beck: München 2004.
Coming to life: how genes drive development, Kales Press: USA 2006.
Mein Kochbuch: Einfaches zu besonderen Anlässen. Mit Illustrationen von Susanne Baumgarten, Insel Verlag: Frankfurt/Main 2006.
Schönheit der Tiere: Evolution biologischer Ästhetik. Mit Illustrationen von Suse Grützmacher. Matthes und Seitz Verlag, Berlin 2017
- Lecture on the occasion of the Nobel award in 1995:
The Identification of Genes Controlling Development in Flies and Fishes
- Press Releases of the Nobel Committee:
- Publication that led to Nobel award
Mutations affecting segment number and polarity in Drosophila, Nature, Vol. 287, October 1980
- Describes the early development of the fly embryo
Gradients That Organize Embryo Development, Scientific American, 1996
- some popular scientific articles in German language are available to download from the German webpage.