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Curriculum Vitae for Dr. Benjamin Altenhein

  • 2014 – 2017 Stand-in professor at the Institute of Zoology at the University of Cologne, Germany
  • 2011 – 2014 Stand-in professor for Developmental Neurobiology at the University of Mainz, Germany
  • 2011 Habilitation at the faculty of Biology, University of Mainz, Germany veniae legendi awarded in the subjects Genetics and Developmental Biology.
  • 2009 – 2011 Junior group leader at the Institute of Genetics, University of Mainz (German Research Foundation DFG fellow)
  • 1997 – 2000 PhD thesis in the lab of Prof. Markl, Institute for Zoology, University of Mainz entitled: Primary and gene structure of the hemocyanin of the prosobranch gastropod Haliotis tuberculata (final grade 1,0 summa cum laude)
  • 1997 Final examination (Diploma) at the University of Mainz, Germany Diploma thesis in the lab of Prof. Markl, Institute for Zoology, University of Mainz (final grade 1,0 with distinction)
  • 1992 – 1997 Advanced study period in Biology (Diploma) University of Mainz, Germany
  • 1990 – 1992 Basic study period in Biology (Diploma) at the University of Münster, Germany


  • Sieglitz, F., Matzat, T., Yuva-Adyemir, Y., Neuert, H., Altenhein, B., Klämbt, C. (2013). "Antagonistic feedback loops involving rau and sprouty in the Drosophila eye control neuronal and glial differentiation." Sci Signal 6(300): ra96.
  • von Hilchen, C.M., Bustos, A.E., Giangrande, A., Technau, G.M., Altenhein, B. (2013). "Predetermined embryonic glial cells form the distinct glial sheaths of the Drosophila peripheral nervous system." Development 140(17): 3657-3668.
  • Bauer, N. M., Moos, C., van Horssen, J., Witte, M., van der Valk, P., Altenhein, B., Luhmann, H. J., White, R. (2012). "Myelin basic protein synthesis is regulated by small non-coding RNA 715." EMBO reports 13 (9):827-834.
  • Wang, S., Meyer, H., Ochoa-Espinosa, A., Buchwald, U., Onel, S., Altenhein, B., Heinisch, J. J., Affolter, M., Paululat, A. (2012). "GBF1 (Gartenzwerg)-dependent secretion is required for Drosophila tubulogenesis." J Cell Sci 125(Pt 2): 461-472.
  • Albrecht, S., Altenhein, B., Paululat, A. (2011). „The transmembrane receptor Uncoordinated 5 (Unc5) is essential for heart lumen formation in Drosophila melanogaster.“ Dev Biol 350: 89-100.
  • von Hilchen, C. M., Hein, I., Technau, G. M., Altenhein, B. (2010). "Netrins guide migration of distinct glial cells in the Drosophila embryo." Development 137(8): 1251-1262.
  • Beckervordersandforth, R. M., Rickert, C., Altenhein, B., Technau, G. M. (2008). "Subtypes of glial cells in the Drosophila embryonic ventral nerve cord as related to lineage and gene expression." Mech Dev 125(5-6): 542-557.
  • von Hilchen, C. M., Beckervordersandforth, R. M., Rickert, C., Technau, G. M., Altenhein, B. (2008). "Identity, origin, and migration of peripheral glial cells in the Drosophila embryo." Mech Dev 125(3-4): 337-352.
  • Edenfeld*, G., Altenhein*, B., Zierau, A., Cleppien, D., Krukkert, K., Technau, G., Klämbt, C. (2007). "Notch and Numb are required for normal migration of peripheral glia in Drosophila." Dev Biol 301(1): 27-37.
  • Vef, O., Cleppien, D., Loffler, T., Altenhein, B., Technau, G. M. (2006). "A new strategy for efficient in vivo screening of mutagenized Drosophila embryos." Dev Genes Evol 216(2): 105-108.
  • Altenhein*, B., Becker*, A., Busold, C., Beckmann, B., Hoheisel, J. D., Technau, G. M. (2006). "Expression profiling of glial genes during Drosophila embryogenesis." Dev Biol 296(2): 545-560.
  • Soustelle, L., Jacques, C., Altenhein, B., Technau, G. M., Volk, T., Giangrande, A. (2004). "Terminal tendon cell differentiation requires the glide/gcm complex." Development 131(18): 4521-4532.
  • Altenhein, B., Markl, J., Lieb, B. (2002). "Gene structure and hemocyanin isoform HtH2 from the mollusc Haliotis tuberculata indicate early and late intron hot spots." Gene 301(1-2): 53-60.
  • Markl, J., Lieb, B., Gebauer, W., Altenhein, B., Meissner, U., Harris, J. R. (2001). "Marine tumor vaccine carriers: structure of the molluscan hemocyanins KLH and htH." J Cancer Res Clin Oncol 127 Suppl 2: R3-9.
  • Lieb, B., Altenhein, B., Markl, J., Vincent, A., van Olden, E., van Holde, K. E., Miller, K. I. (2001). "Structures of two molluscan hemocyanin genes: significance for gene evolution." Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 98(8): 4546-4551.
  • Lieb, B., Altenhein, B., Markl, J. (2000). "The sequence of a gastropod hemocyanin (HtH1 from Haliotis tuberculata)." J Biol Chem 275(8): 5675-5681.
  • Lieb, B., Altenhein, B., Lehnert, R., Gebauer, W., Markl, J. (1999). "Subunit organization of the abalone Haliotis tuberculata hemocyanin type 2 (HtH2), and the cDNA sequence encoding its functional units d, e, f, g and h." Eur J Biochem 265(1): 134-144.
  • Keller, H., Lieb, B., Altenhein, B., Gebauer, D., Richter, S., Stricker, S., Markl, J. (1999). "Abalone (Haliotis tuberculata) hemocyanin type 1 (HtH1). Organization of the approximately 400 kDa subunit, and amino acid sequence of its functional units f, g and h." Eur J Biochem 264(1): 27-38.


  • Altenhein, B., Cattenoz, P., Giangrande, A.(2016) "The early life of a glial cell." Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews(WIREs): Developmental Biology 5(1):67-84
  • Altenhein, B. (2015). „Glial cell progenitors in Drosophila.“ Glia 63(8):1291-302
  • von Hilchen, C.M., Altenhein, B. (2014). "Tracing cells throughout development: insights into single glial cell differentiation. " Fly (Austin) 25;8(2).
  • Altenhein, B., Technau, G. (2007). "Entwicklung embryonaler Gliazellen in Drosophila." BioSpektrum 13(05): 484-488.