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Staff at EMBL

Dr. Francesca Peri

Group Leader
Peri Group

EMBL Heidelberg, Meyerhofstra├če 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

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PhD 2002, University of Cologne.
Postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, T├╝bingen.
Group leader at EMBL since 2008.
ERC Investigator.


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

Autophosphorylation and Pin1 binding coordinate DNA damage-induced HIPK2 activation and cell death. Bitomsky, N., Conrad, E., Moritz, C., Polonio-Vallon, T., Sombroek, D., Schultheiss, K., Glas, C., Greiner, V., Herbel, C., Mantovani, F., Del Sal, G., Peri, F. & Hofmann, T.G. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Nov 5;110(45):E4203-12. doi:10.1073/pnas.1310001110. Epub 2013 Oct 21. Europe PMC

Animal models for studying microglia: The first, the popular, and the new. Sieger, D. & Peri, F. Glia. 2013 Jan;61(1):3-9. doi: 10.1002/glia.22385. Epub 2012 Sep 17. Europe PMC

Long-range Ca2+ waves transmit brain-damage signals to microglia. Sieger, D., Moritz, C., Ziegenhals, T., Prykhozhij, S. & Peri, F. Dev Cell. 2012 Jun 12;22(6):1138-48. doi: 10.1016/j.devcel.2012.04.012. Epub 2012May 24. Europe PMC

Microglia in the developing brain: from immunity to behaviour. Schlegelmilch, T., Henke, K. & Peri, F. Curr Opin Neurobiol. 2011 Feb;21(1):5-10. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2010.08.004. Europe PMC

Tissue macrophages act as cellular chaperones for vascular anastomosis downstream of VEGF-mediated endothelial tip cell induction. Fantin, A., Vieira, J.M., Gestri, G., Denti, L., Schwarz, Q., Prykhozhij, S., Peri, F., Wilson, S.W. & Ruhrberg, C. Blood. 2010 Aug 5;116(5):829-40. doi: 10.1182/blood-2009-12-257832. Epub 2010 Apr19. Europe PMC

Breaking ranks: how leukocytes react to developmental cues and tissue injury. Peri, F. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2010 Aug;20(4):416-9. Epub 2010 Jun 2. Europe PMC

Live imaging of neuronal degradation by microglia reveals a role for v0-ATPase a1 in phagosomal fusion in vivo. Peri, F. & Nusslein-Volhard, C. Cell. 2008 May 30;133(5):916-27. Europe PMC