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Staff at EMBL

Dr. Darren Gilmour

Group Leader
Gilmour Group Joint appointment: Developmental Biology Unit

EMBL Heidelberg, Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

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PhD 1996, University of Cambridge.
Postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen.
Group Leader at EMBL Heidelberg since 2004.


Distinct roles for BAI1 and TIM-4 in the engulfment of dying neurons by microglia. Mazaheri, F.*, Breus, O.*, Durdu, S., Haas, P., Wittbrodt, J., Gilmour, D. & Peri, F. Nat Commun. 2014 Jun 5;5:4046. doi: 10.1038/ncomms5046.
* these authors contributed equally. Europe PMC

Quantitative cell polarity imaging defines leader-to-follower transitions during collective migration and the key role of microtubule-dependent adherens junction formation. Revenu, C., Streichan, S., Dona, E., Lecaudey, V., Hufnagel, L. & Gilmour, D. Development. 2014 Mar;141(6):1282-91. doi: 10.1242/dev.101675. Europe PMC

Directional tissue migration through a self-generated chemokine gradient. Dona, E., Barry, J.D., Valentin, G., Quirin, C., Khmelinskii, A., Kunze, A., Durdu, S., Newton, L.R., Fernandez-Minan, A., Huber, W., Knop, M. & Gilmour, D. Nature. 2013 Nov 14;503(7475):285-9. doi: 10.1038/nature12635. Epub 2013 Sep 25. Europe PMC

Collective cell migration guided by dynamically maintained gradients. Streichan, S.J., Valentin, G., Gilmour, D. & Hufnagel, L. Phys Biol. 2011 Aug;8(4):045004. doi: 10.1088/1478-3975/8/4/045004. Epub 2011 Jul12. Europe PMC

EMT 2.0: shaping epithelia through collective migration. Revenu, C. & Gilmour, D. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2009 Aug;19(4):338-42. Epub 2009 May 20. Europe PMC

Collective cell migration in morphogenesis, regeneration and cancer. Friedl, P. & Gilmour, D. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2009 Jul;10(7):445-57. Europe PMC

A systematic analysis of Tinman function reveals Eya and JAK-STAT signaling as essential regulators of muscle development. Liu, Y.H., Jakobsen, J.S., Valentin, G., Amarantos, I., Gilmour, D.T. & Furlong, E.E. Dev Cell. 2009 Feb;16(2):280-91. Europe PMC

Dynamic Fgf signaling couples morphogenesis and migration in the zebrafish lateral line primordium. Lecaudey, V., Cakan-Akdogan, G., Norton, W.H. & Gilmour, D. Development. 2008 Aug;135(16):2695-705. Epub 2008 Jul 3. Europe PMC

Polarising migrating tissues during organogenesis Gilmour, D.; Haas, P; Cakan, G; Lecaucley, V; Colombelli, J; Stelzer, E.H.K. Developmental Biology 2008/07/15 319(2) 488-488

In migrating cells, the Golgi complex and the position of the centrosome depend on geometrical constraints of the substratum. Pouthas, F., Girard, P., Lecaudey, V., Ly, T.B., Gilmour, D., Boulin, C., Pepperkok, R. & Reynaud, E.G. J Cell Sci. 2008 Jul 15;121(Pt 14):2406-14. Epub 2008 Jun 24. Europe PMC

The chemokine SDF1a coordinates tissue migration through the spatially restricted activation of Cxcr7 and Cxcr4b. Valentin, G., Haas, P. & Gilmour, D. Curr Biol. 2007 Jun 19;17(12):1026-31. Europe PMC

Pushing and pulling migrating tissues in vivo with GPCRs. Gilmour, D.; Haas, P; Cakan, G; Lecaudey, V; Valentin, G; Colombelli, J; Stelzer, E.H.K. FASEB Journal 2007/04 21(5) A3-A3

Chemokine signaling mediates self-organizing tissue migration in the zebrafish lateral line. Haas, P. & Gilmour, D. Dev Cell. 2006 May;10(5):673-80. Europe PMC

Organizing moving groups during morphogenesis. Lecaudey, V. & Gilmour, D. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2006 Feb;18(1):102-7. Epub 2005 Dec 13. Europe PMC

Towing of sensory axons by their migrating target cells in vivo. Gilmour, D., Knaut, H., Maischein, H.M. & Nusslein-Volhard, C. Nat Neurosci 2004 May;7(5):491-2. Epub 2004 Apr 18. Europe PMC

Migration and function of a glial subtype in the vertebrate peripheral nervous system. Gilmour, D.T., Maischein, H.M. & Nusslein-Volhard, C. Neuron 2002 May 16;34(4):577-88. Europe PMC

Manipulating gene expression in the zebrafish. Gilmour, D.T., Jessen, J.R. & Lin, S. In "Zebrafish, a practical approach" (2002) Nusslein-Volhard, C. & Dahm, R. (eds.), Oxford: OUP. pp. 121-143