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Prof. Dr. Anne-Kathrin Classen


Prof. Dr.
Anne-Kathrin Classen

Institute of Biology II

Group: Collective signaling dynamics in multicellular systems

Phone: +49 (0)761 203-97190



Focus of research

  • collective cell behaviors in epithelial morphogenesis
  • tissue regeneration and tumor growth
  • cell-cell competition and tissue-intrinsic tumor suppression


  • 2022 Heisenberg Professor, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2017-2021 Boehringer Ingelheim Plus3 Group Leader, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2017 Interim Professor Cell Biology, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 2011-2017 Emmy Noether Group Leader, LMU Munich, Germany
  • 2006-2010 Postdoc, UC Berkeley, USA
  • 2006 PhD in Biology, MPI-CBG and TU Dresden, Germany
  • 2002 MSc in Biomolecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2000 BSc in Cell Biology, University of Manchester, UK

Selected publicaitions

  • Balaji R, Weichselberger V, Classen AK. Response of epithelial cell and tissue shape to external forces in vivo Development. 2019. doi: 10.1242/dev.171256
  • Cosolo A, Jaiswal J, Csordás G, Grass I, Uhlirova M, Classen AK. JNK-dependent cell cycle stalling in G2 promotes survival and senescence-like phenotypes in tissue stress Elife. 2019. pii: e41036. doi: 10.7554/eLife.41036
  • La Fortezza M, Grigolon G, Cosolo A, Pinduyrin A, Breimann L, van Steensel B, Classen AK. DamID-profiling of dynamic Polycomb-binding sites in Drosophila imaginal disc development and tumorigenesis Epigenetics and Chromatin. 2018. 11(1):38. doi: 10.1186/s13072-018-0206-0
  • La Fortezza M, Schenk M, Cosolo A, Kolybaba A, Grass I, Classen AK. JAK/STAT signalling mediates cell survival in response to tissue stress Development. 2016. 143(16):2907-19. doi: 10.1242/dev.132340.
  • Bielmeier C, Alt S, Weichselberger V, La Fortezza M, Harz H, Jülicher F, Salbreux G, Classen AK. Interface contractility between differently fated cells drives cell elimination and cyst formation Current Biology. 2016. 26(5):563-74. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.12.063. 


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