Dr. Alexander Aulehla

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
Developmental Biology Unit
Meyerhofstrasse 1
69117 Heidelberg


E-mail: aulehla@embl.de



Scientific CV

Academic education and professional career

since 2009






Group leader, Developmental Biology Unit, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Research fellow, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, USA

Ph.D., Paris University, Pierre et Marie Curie, France, Advisor: Olivier Pourquie

Dr. med., University of Freiburg, Germany, Advisor: Prof. Brand-Saberi

Research fellow of the Max-Planck Society, Max-Planck Institute Freiburg, Germany

Research assistant at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, USA


Other achievements & Awards


EMBO Member
ERC Consolidator Grant
ERC Starting Grant
Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation
Gödecke research award, University of Freiburg
Fellow of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes


  1. Sonnen, K.F., V.M. Lauschke, J. Uraji, H.J. Falk, Y. Petersen, M.C. Funk, M. Beaupeux, P. François, C.A. Merten, and A. Aulehla. 2018. Modulation of Phase Shift between Wnt and Notch Signaling
    Oscillations Controls Mesoderm Segmentation. Cell 172, 1079-1090.e1012. PMID: 29474908
  2. Bulusu, V., N. Prior, M.T. Snaebjornsson, A. Kuehne, K.F. Sonnen, J. Kress, F. Stein, C. Schultz, U. Sauer, and A. Aulehla. 2017. Spatiotemporal Analysis of a Glycolytic Activity Gradient Linked to Mouse
    Embryo Mesoderm Development. Dev Cell 40, 331-341 e334. PMID: 28245920
  3. Tsiairis, C.D., and A. Aulehla. 2016. Self-Organization of Embryonic Genetic Oscillators into Spatiotemporal Wave Patterns. Cell. 164:656-67. PMID:26871631
  4. Sonnen, K., and A. Aulehla. 2015. Dynamic signal encoding--from cells to organisms. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 34:91-8. PMID:25008461
  5. Lauschke, V.M., C.D. Tsiairis, P. Francois, and A. Aulehla. 2013. Scaling of embryonic patterning based on phase-gradient encoding. Nature. 493:101-105. PMID:23254931
  6. Aulehla, A., W. Wiegraebe, V. Baubet, M.B. Wahl, C. Deng, M. Taketo, M. Lewandoski, and O. Pourquié. 2008. A beta-catenin gradient links the clock and wavefront systems in mouse embryo segmentation. Nat Cell Biol. 10:186-193. PMID:18157121
  7. Aulehla, A., and B.G. Herrmann. 2004. Segmentation in vertebrates: clock and gradient finally joined. Genes Dev. 17:2060-7. PMID:15342488
  8. Aulehla, A., C. Wehrle, B. Brand-Saberi, R. Kemler, A. Gossler, B. Kanzler, and B.G. Herrmann. 2003. Wnt3a plays a major role in the segmentation clock controlling somitogenesis. Dev Cell. 4:395-406. PMID:12636920
  9. Aulehla, A., and R.L. Johnson. 1999. Dynamic expression of lunatic fringe suggests a link between notch signaling and an autonomous cellular oscillator driving somite segmentation. Dev Biol. 207:49-61. PMID:10049564
  10. Evrard, Y.A., Y. Lun, A. Aulehla, L. Gan, and R.L. Johnson. 1998. lunatic fringe is an essential mediator of
    somite segmentation and patterning. Nature. 394:377-381. PMID:9690473