Dr. Ulrike Engel

Heidelberg University
Centre for Organismal Studies (COS)
Molecular Evolution and Genomics
Nikon Imaging Center at Heidelberg University
Im Neuenheimer Feld 267
69120 Heidelberg


E-mail: ulrike.engel@bioquant.uni-heidelberg.de


Nikon Imaging Center

Scientific CV

Academic education and professional career

since 2005
since 2005



Head of the Nikon Imaging Center, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany
Senior research scientist at Department of Molecular Evolution & Genomics, COS, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany
Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Dr. rer. nat., Technical University Darmstadt, Germany; Prof. Dr. Th. Holstein

Diploma in Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland; Advisor: Prof. Dr. Th. Boller

Other achievements & Awards


Steering committee of emerging collaborative topic ‘Spatio-temporal coordination of signaling processes’, CellNetworks, Heidelberg University
Member of Excellence Cluster ‘CellNetworks’
Post-doctoral Scholarship of the Swiss National Science Foundation (Stipendium für fortgeschrittene Forschende)
Post-doctoral Scholarship of the Swiss National Science Foundation (Stipendium für angehende Forschende)
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Course on ‘Imaging structure and function in the nervous system’


  1. Ciuba, K., W. Hawkes, S. Tojkander, K. Kogan, U. Engel, T. Iskratsch, and P. Lappalainen. 2018. Calponin-3 is critical for coordinated contractility of actin stress fibers. Sci Rep. 8:17670. PMID: 30518778
  2. Seleit, A., I. Kramer, E. Ambrosio, N. Dross, U. Engel, and L. Centanin. 2017. Sequential organogenesis sets two parallel sensory lines in medaka. Development. PMID: 28087632
  3. Ruthnick, D., A. Neuner, F. Dietrich, D. Kirrmaier, U. Engel, M. Knop, and E. Schiebel. 2017. Characterization of spindle pole body duplication reveals a regulatory role for nuclear pore complexes. J Cell Biol.
    216:2425-2442. PMID: 28659328
  4. Beretta, C.A., N. Dross, L. Guglielmi, P. Bankhead, M. Soulika, J.A. Gutierrez-Triana, A. Paolini, L. Poggi, J. Falk, S. Ryu, M. Kapsimali, U. Engel, and M. Carl. 2017. Early Commissural Diencephalic Neurons
    Control Habenular Axon Extension and Targeting. Curr Biol. 27:270-278. PMID: 28065605
  5. Engel, U. 2017. Four-Channel Super-Resolution Imaging by 3-D Structured Illumination. Methods Mol Biol. 1663:79-94. PMID: 28924660
  6. Engel, U., Y. Zhan, J.B. Long, S.N. Boyle, B.A. Ballif, K. Dorey, S.P. Gygi, A.J. Koleske, and D. Vanvactor. 2014. Abelson phosphorylation of CLASP2 modulates its association with microtubules and actin. Cytoskeleton. 71:195-209. PMID: 24520051
  7. Marx, A., W.J. Godinez, V. Tsimashchuk, P. Bankhead, K. Rohr, and U. Engel. 2013. Xenopus cytoplasmic linker-associated protein 1 (XCLASP1) promotes axon elongation and advance of pioneer microtubules. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 24:1544-1558. PMID: 23515224
  8. Clarke, M., U. Engel, J. Giorgione, A. Muller-Taubenberger, J. Prassler, D. Veltman, and G. Gerisch. 2010. Curvature recognition and force generation in phagocytosis. BMC Biol. 8:154. PMID: 21190565
  9. Ercan, E., F. Momburg, U. Engel, K. Temmerman, W. Nickel, and M. Seedorf. 2009. A conserved, lipidmediated sorting mechanism of yeast Ist2 and mammalian STIM proteins to the peripheral ER. Traffic. 10:1802-1818. PMID: 19845919
  10. Lee, H*., U. Engel*, J. Rusch, S. Scherrer, K. Sheard, and D. Van Vactor. 2004. The microtubule plus end tracking protein Orbit/MAST/CLASP acts downstream of the tyrosine kinase Abl in mediating axon guidance. Neuron. 42:913-926. PMID: 15207236 (*joined first coauthor)