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Univ.-Prof. DDr.
Andreas Wanninger
Head of the Department of Integrative Zoology

Department of Integrative Zoology
UZA1 Althanstraße 14, 1090 Vienna, Austria

phone: +43 1 4277 76300
mobile: +43 664 60277 76300
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mail: andreas.wanninger@univie.ac.at



The research in my lab focuses on the evolutionary developmental biology and micromorpholoy of invertebrates, with special focus on – but not restricted to – neural and muscular development and anatomy of Lophotrochozoa (animals with a ciliated larva in their life cycle). The tools we use comprise immunocytochemistry (ICC), confocal laserscanning microscopy (CLSM), 3D reconstruction techniques, histology, as well as advanced light, fluorescence, and electron microscopy. In addition to that, we are also looking at expression patterns of candidate homeobox genes that underlie the processes of bodyplan patterning. Major scientific issues currently addressed in the lab are:

1. Reconstruction of neuromuscular anatomy, neurogenesis, and myogenesis in invertebrates (especially lophotrochozoans). In order to contribute to phyologenetic questions, to infer basal traits of the last common ancestor (LCA) of key taxa, and to reconstruct the evolutionary pathways that have led to the diversity of animal (lophotrochozoan) bodyplans (e.g., the evolution of segmentation). In addition, these projects contribute to questions relating to the evolution of functional morphological phenotypes (“bodyplan concept”, morphological constraints, etc.), which are only inferable in the context of the entire life history of a species. All these projects require a large comparative, multi-taxon approach and may be seen as the core of the research in my lab.

2. Molluscan Evolutionary Developmental Biology. Since the start of my career, the comparative developmental biology of mollusks has been central to my research. After having contributed to a solid database on neuro- and myogenesis in gastropods, polyplacophorans, and scaphopods, we have recently expanded our work into the evolutionary development of the cephalopod nervous system andinto developmental and micromorphological studies on the basal aplacophoran groups. This research is currently being expanded by using gene expression and experimental developmental studies on selected model species.

3. The origins of Bilateria. By looking at the development of supposedly basal bilaterians, the Acoela, and the radial symmetrical cnidarians, we aim at gaining insights into the evolution of bilateral symmetrical animals from a radial symmetrical ancestor.

4. The evolution of neural and behavioural complexity. While most lophotrochozoans have a simple central nervous system (CNS), cephalopods (e.g., squids and octopuses) have evolved a highly complex CNS which accounts for a number of fascinating behavioural traits. In the light of the rather simple CNS of the cephalopod sister group, the gastropods, this appears particularly astonishing. By applying a battery of methods including ICC, CLSM, 3D reconstruction, gene expression analyses, and behavioural experiments, we aim to shed light on the question as to how this neural complexity evolved from a rather simple gastropod-cephalopod ancestor. Our work includes establishing an atlas of transmitter protein and RNA expression during neurogenesis of a variety of cephalopod taxa. The permanent availability of adult and embryonic material of a model squid species with a short generation time from our Australian colleague Bernard Degnan allows us to conduct large throughput experimental, morphological, behavioural, and developmental analyses.



* invited book chapters, ** review papers

Wollesen T, Rodríguez Monje SV, Todt C, Degnan BM & Wanninger A, 2015. Ancestral role of Pax2/5/8 in molluscan brain and multimodal sensory system development. BMC Evolutionary Biology (2015) 15:231, DOI 10.1186/s12862-015-0505-z. available online

Scherholz M, Redl E, Wollesen T, Todt C & Wanninger A, 2015. From complex to simple: myogenesis in an aplacophoran mollusk reveals key traits in aculiferan evolution. BMC Evolutionary Biology (2015) 15:201 doi:10.1186/s12862-015-0467-1, available online

Wanninger A (ed.). Evolutionary Developmental Biology of Invertebrates. Springer Wien Heidelberg New York Dordrecht London, 6 Volumes, 2015.

Fritsch M, Wollesen T, de Oliveira AL & Wanninger A, 2015. Unexpected co-linearity of Hox gene expression in an aculiferan mollusk. BMC Evolutionary Biology (2015) 15:151 DOI 10.1186/s12862-015-0414-1.

Audino JA, Marian JEAR, Wanninger A, Lopes SGBC. 2015. Anatomy of the pallial tentacular organs of the scallop Nodipecten nodosus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Bivalvia: Pectinidae). Zoologischer Anzeiger 258: 39–46. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcz.2015.06.004.

Merkel J, Lieb B, Wanninger A. 2015. Muscular anatomy of an entoproct creeping-type larva reveals extraordinary high complexity and potential shared characters with mollusks. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15: 130 (10 pages). DOI:10.1186/s12862-015-0394-1.

Wanninger A, 2015. Morphology is dead – long live morphology! Integrating MorphoEvoDevo into molecular EvoDevo and phylogenomics. Front. Ecol.Evol.3:54.doi: 10.3389/fevo.2015.00054.

Audino JA, Marian JEAR, Wanninger A & Lopes SGBC, 2015. Mantle margin morphogenesis in Nodipecten nodosus (Mollusca: Bivalvia): new insights into the development and the roles of bivalve pallial folds. BMC Developmental Biology (2015) 15:22 DOI 10.1186/s12861-015-0074-9.

Audino JA, Marian JEAR, Wanninger A & Lopes SGBC, 2015. Development of the pallial eye in Nodipecten nodosus (Mollusca: Bivalvia): insights into early visual performance in scallops. Zoomorphology DOI 10.1007/s00435-015-0265-8

Kaul-Strehlow S, Urata M , Minokawa T, Stach T & Wanninger A, 2015.  Neurogenesis in directly and indirectly developing enteropneusts: of nets and cords Organisms Diversity & Evolution (2015) 10.1007/s13127-015-0201-2

Redl E, Scherholz M, Todt C, Wollesen T & Wanninger A, 2014.  Development of the nervous system in Solenogastres (Mollusca) reveals putative ancestral spiralian features. EvoDevo 2014, 5:48 doi:10.1186/2041-9139-5-48

Weber AV, Wanninger A & SchwahaTF, 2014. The nervous system of Paludicella articulata - first evidence of a neuroepithelium in a ctenostome ectoproct. Frontiers in Zoology 2014, 11:89, published: 10 December 2014 doi:10.1186/s12983-014-0089-2

Wurzinger-Mayer A, Shipway R , Kristof A, Schwaha T, Cragg S & Wanninger A, 2015. Developmental dynamics of myogenesis in the shipworm Lyrodus pedicellatus (Mollusca: Bivalvia) Frontiers in Zoology 2014, 11:90, published: 10 December 2014 doi:10.1186/s12983-014-0090-9.

Wollesen T, McDougall C, Degnan BM & Wanninger A, 2014. POU genes are expressed during the formation of individual ganglia of the cephalopod central nervous system. EvoDevo 2014, 5:41 doi:10.1186/2041-9139-5-41

Schwaha TF, Handschuh S, Redl F & Wanninger A, 2014. Insights into the organization of plumatellid larvae (lophotrochozoa, bryozoa) by means of 3D-imaging and confocal microscopy. Journal of Morphology Volume 276, Issue 1, pages 109–120. Article first published online: 2 OCT 2014, DOI: 10.1002/jmor.20326

Sonnleitner B, Schwaha T & Wanninger A, 2014. Inter- and intraspecific plasticity in distribution patterns of immunoreactive compounds in actinotroch larvae of Phoronida (Lophotrochozoa). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 52, Issue 1, pages 1–14, first published online November 12, 2013, doi: 10.1111/jzs.12043 (PDF)

Scherholz M, Redl E, Wollesen T, Todt C and Wanninger A. 2013. Aplacophoran Mollusks Evolved from Ancestors with Polyplacophoran-like Features. Current Biology 23, 1–5.

Altenburger A, Wanninger A, Holmer LE. 2013. Metamorphosis in Craniiformea revisited – Novocrania anomala shows delayed development of the ventral valve. Zoomorphology DOI 10.1007/s00435-013-0194-3

* Emschermann P, Wanninger A. 2013. Kamptozoa. In: Spezielle Zoologie Teil 1: Einzeller und wirbellose Tiere. pp 275-282. Westheide W and Rieger G (eds). Elsevier Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany. 892 pp. 

Hindinger S, Schwaha T, Wanninger A. 2013. Immunocytochemical studies reveal novel neural structures in nemertean pilidium larvae and provide evidence for incorporation of larval components into the juvenile nervous system. Frontiers in Zoology 10: 31.

Kerbl A, Handschuh S, Nödl M-T, Metscher B, Walzl M, Wanninger A. 2013. Micro-CT as non-destructive technique to determine ganglionic growth during cephalopod development. Journal for Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology (in press).

Dyachuk V, Wanninger A, Voronezhskaya EE. 2012. Innervation of bivalve larval catch muscles by serotonergic and FMRFamidergic neurons. Acta Biologica Hungarica 63 (Suppl. 2): 221-229

** Haszprunar G, Wanninger A. 2012. Molluscs. Current Biology 22: R510-514.

* Laforsch C, Imhof HK, Sigl RM, Settles M, Heß M, Wanninger A. 2012. Applications of computational 3D-modeling in organismal biology. In: Modeling and Simulation in Engineering. pp 117-142. Catalin A. (ed). InTech open access publisher, Rijeka, Croatia. 298 pp.

Merkel J, Wollesen T, Lieb B, Wanninger A. 2012. Spiral cleavage and early embryology of a loxosomatid entoproct and the usefullness of spiralian apical cross patterns for phylogenetic inferences. BMC Developmental Biology 12: 11 (11pages).

Schwaha T, Wanninger A. 2012. Myoanatomy and serotonergic nervous system of plumatellid and fredericellid Phylactolaemata (Lophotrochozoa, Ectoprocta). Journal of Morphology 273: 57-67.

Temereva E, Wanninger A. 2012. Development of the nervous system in Phoronopsis harmeri (Lophotrochozoa, Phoronida) reveals both deuterostome- and protostome-like features. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12: 121 (27 pages)

Wollesen T, Nishiguchi MK, Seixas P, Degnan BM, Wanninger A. 2012. The VD1/RPD2 α1-neuropeptide is highly expressed in the brain of cephalopod mollusks. Cell and Tissue Research 348: 439-452.

Wollesen T, Sukhsangchan C, Seixas P, Nabhitabhata J, Wanninger A. 2012. Comparative analysis of neurotransmitter expression in brain development of benthic and pelagic octopod cephalopods. Journal of Morphology 273: 776-790. 

Altenburger A, Martinez P, Wanninger A. 2011. Homeobox gene expression in Brachiopoda: The role of Not and Cdx in bodyplan patterning, neurogenesis, and germ layer specification. Gene Expression Patterns 11: 427-436

Chiodin M, Achatz JG, Wanninger A, Martinez P. 2011. Molecular architecture of muscles in an acoel and its evolutionary implications. Journal of Experimental Zoology 314B

Kristof A, Wollesen T, Maiorova AS, Wanninger A. 2011. Cellular and muscular growth patterns during sipunculan development. Journal of Experimental Zoology (Molecular and Developmental Evolution) 316: 227-240

Schwaha T, Wood TS, Wanninger A. 2011. Myoanatomy and serotonergic nervous system of the ctenostome Hislopia malayensis: Evolutionary trends in bodyplan patterning of Ectoprocta. Frontiers in Zoology, 8: 11

Semmler H, Chiodin M, Bailly X, Martinez P, Wanninger A. 2010. Steps towards a centralized nervous system in basal bilaterians: Insights from neurogenesis of the acoel Symsagittifera roscoffensis. Development, Growth and Differentiation 52: 701-713

Wollesen T, Degnan BM, Wanninger A. 2010. Expression of serotonin (5-HT) during CNS development of the cephalopod mollusk, Idiosepius notoides. Cell and Tissue Research 342: 161-178

Neves RC, Cunha MR, Funch P, Wanninger A, Kristensen RM. 2010. External morphology of the cycliophoran dwarf male: a comparative study of Symbion pandora and S. americanus. Helgoland Marine Research: 64: 257-262

Richter S, Loesel R, Purschke G, Schmidt-Rhaesa A, Scholtz G, Stach T, Vogt L, Wanninger A, Brenneis G, Döring C, Faller S, Fritsch M, Grobe P, Hausen H, Heuer CM, Kaul S, Møller OS, Müller CHG, Rieger V, Rothe BH, Stegner MEJ, Harzsch S. 2010. Invertebrate neurophylogeny: suggested terms and definitions for a neuroanatomical glossary. Frontiers in Zoology 7: 29 (49 pages)

Brinkmann N, Wanninger A. 2010. Capitellid connections: contributions from neuromuscular development of the maldanid polychaete Axiothella rubrocincta (Annelida). BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 168 (13 pages)

Neves RC, Kristensen RM, Wanninger A. 2010. Serotonin immunoreactivity in the nervous system of the Pandora larva, the Prometheus larva, and the dwarf male of Symbion americanus (Cycliophora). Zoologischer Anzeiger 249: 1-12

Neves RC, Cunha MR, Funch M, Kristensen RMK, Wanninger A. 2010. Comparative myoanatomy of cycliophoran life cycle stages. Journal of Morphology 271: 596-611 [cover image]

Neves RC, Cunha MR, Kristensen RMK, Wanninger A. 2010. Expression of synapsin and co-localization with serotonin and FMRFamide in the central nervous system of the chordoid larva of Symbion pandora (Cycliophora). Invertebrate Biology 129: 17-26 [cover image]

Semmler H, Wanninger A. 2010. Myogenesis in two indirect developing platyhelminths, Pseudoceros canadensis and Stylostomum sanjuania. Evolution and Development 12: 210-221 [cover image]

Wollesen T, Cummins SF, Degnan BM, Wanninger A. 2010. FMRFamide gene and peptide expression during CNS development of the cephalopod mollusk, Idiosepius notoides. Evolution and Development 12: 113-130 [cover image]

Schwaha T, Wood TS, Wanninger A. 2010. Trapper in freshwater: The internal anatomy of the entoproct Loxosomatoides sirindhornae. Frontiers in Zoology, 7:7 (15 pages)

Todt C, Wanninger A. 2010. Of tests, trochs, shells, and spicules: Development of the basal mollusk Wirenia argentea (Solenogastres) and its bearing on the evolution of trochozoan larval key features. Frontiers in Zoology 7:6 (17 pages)

Altenburger A, Wanninger A. 2010. Neuromuscular development in Novocrania anomala: evidence for the presence of serotonin and a spiralian-like apical organ in lecithotrophic brachiopod larvae. Evolution and Development 12: 16-24 [cover image]

Brinkmann N, Wanninger A. 2010. Integrative analysis of polychaete ontogeny: cell proliferation patterns and myogenesis in trochophore larvae of Sabellaria alveolata. Evolution and Development 12: 5-15 [cover image]

** Harzsch S, Wanninger A. 2010. Evolution of invertebrate nervous systems: the Chaetognatha as a case study. Acta Zoologica 91: 35-43

Brinkmann N, Wanninger A. 2009. Neurogenesis suggests independent evolution of opercula in serpulid polychaetes. BMC Evolutionary Biology 9: 270 (13 pages)

Neves RC, Sørensen KJK, Kristensen RM, Wanninger A. 2009. Cycliophoran dwarf males break the rule: high complexity with low cell numbers. Biological Bulletin 217: 2-5

Halberg KA, Persson D, Møbjerg N, Wanninger A, Kristensen RM. 2009. Myoanatomy of the marine tardigrade Halobiotus crispae (Eutardigrada: Hypsibiidae). Journal of Morphology 270: 996-1013 [cover image]

** Wanninger A. 2009. Shaping the things to come: Ontogeny of lophotrochozoan neuromuscular systems and the Tetraneuralia concept. Invited review for the 4th Biological Bulletin Virtual Symposium Special Issue entitled "Biology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae". Biological Bulletin 216: 293-306

Wollesen T, Loesel R, Wanninger A. 2009. Pygmy squids and giant brains: Mapping the complex cephalopod CNS by phalloidin staining of vibratome sections and whole-mount preparations. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 179: 63-67

Neves RC, Kristensen RM, Wanninger A. 2009. Three-dimensional reconstruction of the musculature of various life cycle stages of the cycliophoran Symbion americanus. Journal of Morphology 270: 257-270 [cover image]

Altenburger A, Wanninger A. 2009. Comparative larval myogenesis and adult myoanatomy in the rhynchonelliform (articulate) brachiopods Argyrotheca cordata, A. cistellula, and Terebratalia transversa. Frontiers in Zoology 6: 3 (14 pages)

** Wanninger A, Kristof A, Brinkmann N. 2009. Sipunculans and segmentation. Communicative and Integrative Biology 2: 56-59

Semmler H, Høeg JT, Scholtz G, Wanninger A. 2009. Three-dimensional reconstruction of the naupliar musculature and a scanning electron microscopy atlas of nauplius development of Balanus improvisus (Crustacea: Cirripedia: Thecostraca). Arthropod Structure and Development 38: 135-145

Semmler H, Bailly X, Wanninger A. 2008. Myogenesis in the basal bilaterian Symsagittifera roscoffensis (Acoela). Frontiers in Zoology 5: 14 (15 pages)

Kristof A, Wollesen T, Wanninger A. 2008. Segmental mode of neural patterning in Sipuncula. Current Biology 18: 1129-1132 [cover image]

Brinkmann N, Wanninger A. 2008. Larval neurogenesis in Sabellaria alveolata reveals plasticity in polychaete neural patterning. Evolution and Development 10: 606-618

Fuchs J, Wanninger A. 2008. Reconstruction of the neuromuscular system of the swimming-type larva of Loxosomella atkinsae (Entoprocta) as inferred by fluorescence labelling and confocal microscopy. Organisms Diversity and Evolution 8: 325-335

** Wanninger A. 2008. Comparative lophotrochozoan neurogenesis and larval neuroanatomy: recent advances from previously neglected taxa. Acta Biologica Hungarica 59 (Suppl.): 127-136

Wollesen T, Loesel R, Wanninger A. 2008. FMRFamidergic immunoreactivity in the central nervous system of the cephalopod mollusc Idiosepius notoides. Acta Biologica Hungarica 59 (Suppl.): 111-116

Semmler H, Wanninger A, Høeg JT, Scholtz G. 2008. Immunocytochemical studies on the naupliar nervous system of Balanus improvisus (Crustacea, Cirripedia, Thecostraca). Arthropod Structure and Development 37: 383-395

Todt C, Büchinger T, Wanninger A. 2008. Anatomy of the nervous system of the basal mollusk Wirenia argentea (Solenogastres): a study employing immunocytochemical and 3D reconstruction techniques. Marine Biology Research 4: 290-303

Wollesen T, Wanninger A, Klussmann-Kolb, A. 2008. Myogenesis in Aplysia californica (Cooper, 1863) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Opisthobranchia) with special focus on muscular remodeling during metamorphosis. Journal of Morphology 269: 776-789 [cover image]

Haszprunar G, Wanninger A. 2008. On the fine structure of the creeping larva of Loxosomella murmanica: additional evidence for a clade of Kamptozoa (Entoprocta) and Mollusca. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) 89: 137-148 [cover image]

* Wanninger A, Koop D, Moshel-Lynch S, Degnan BM. 2008. Chapter 16: Molluscan Evolutionary Development. In: Phylogeny and Evolution of the Mollusca. pp 425-443. Ponder WF, Lindberg DR (eds). University of California Press, Berkeley, USA. 469 pp

Koop D, Richards G, Wanninger A, Gunter HM, Degnan BM. 2007. The role of MAPK signalling in patterning and establishing axial symmetry in the gastropod Haliotis asinina. Developmental Biology 311: 200-212

* Wanninger A. 2007. The application of confocal microscopy and 3D imaging software in Functional, Evolutionary, and Developmental Zoology: reconstructing myo- and neurogenesis in space and time. In: Modern Research and Educational Topics in Microscopy, 3rd edition, Vol.1: Applications in Biology and Medicine. pp. 353-361. Méndez-Vilas A and Diaz J (eds). Formatex, Bardajoz, Spain. 468 pp

Wollesen T, Wanninger A, Klussmann-Kolb, A. 2007. Neurogenesis of the cephalic sensory organs of Aplysia californica. Cell and Tissue Research 330: 361-379

Wanninger A, Fuchs J, Haszprunar G. 2007. The anatomy of the serotonergic nervous system of an entoproct creeping-type larva and its phylogenetic implications. Invertebrate Biology 126: 268-278 [cover image]

Nielsen C, Haszprunar G, Ruthensteiner B, Wanninger A. 2007. Early development of the aplacophoran mollusc Chaetoderma. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) 88: 231-247

* Sturm CF, Petit R, Pearce TA, Cummings K, Schwabe E, Wanninger A. 2006. Chapter 9: The molluscan literature: geographic and taxonomic works. In: The Mollusks: A Guide to Their Study, Collection, and Preservation. pp. 111-146. Sturm CF, Pearce TA, Valdes A (eds). Universal Publishers, Inc., Boca Raton, FL. xii + 445 pp. 101 ill

* Schwabe E, Wanninger A. 2006. Chapter 18: Polyplacophora. In: The Mollusks: A Guide to Their Study, Collection, and Preservation. pp. 217-228. Sturm CF, Pearce TA, Valdes A (eds). Universal Publishers, Inc., Boca Raton, FL. xii + 445 pp. 101 ill

Fuchs J, Bright M, Funch P, Wanninger A. 2006. Immunocytochemistry of the neuro-muscular systems of Loxosomella vivipara and L. parguerensis (Entoprocta: Loxosomatidae). Journal of Morphology 267: 866-883

Semmler H, Høeg JT, Scholtz G, Wanninger A. 2006. Preliminary results on the anatomy of the larval musculature of Balanus improvisus (Crustacea: Cirripedia: Thecostraca) using phalloidin staining in combination with confocal laserscanning microscopy. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 49: 207-212

Wanninger A. 2005. Immunocytochemistry of the nervous system and the musculature of the chordoid larva of Symbion pandora (Cycliophora). Journal of Morphology 265: 237-243

Wanninger A, Koop D, Degnan BM. 2005. Immunocytochemistry of the larval nervous system of Triphyllozoon mucronatum (Ectoprocta: Gymnolaemata: Cheilostomata) and its fate during metamorphosis. Zoomorphology 124: 161-170

Wanninger A, Koop D, Bromham L, Noonan E, Degnan BM. 2005. Nervous and muscle system development in Phascolion strombus (Sipuncula). Development, Genes and Evolution 215: 509-518 [cover image]

Wanninger A. 2004. The myo-anatomy of juvenile and adult loxosomatid Entoprocta and the use of muscular body plans for phylogenetic inferences. Journal of Morphology 261: 249-257

Wanninger A, Haszprunar G. 2003. The development of the serotonergic and FMRF-amidergic nervous system in the tusk-shell, Antalis entalis (Mollusca: Scaphopoda). Zoomorphology 122: 77-85

Wanninger A, Haszprunar G. 2002. Muscle development in Antalis entalis (Mollusca, Scaphopoda) and its significance for scaphopod relationships. Journal of Morphology 254: 53-64

Friedrich S, Wanninger A, Brückner M, Haszprunar G. 2002. Neurogenesis in the mossy chiton, Mopalia muscosa (Gould) (Polyplacophora): evidence against molluscan metamerism. Journal of Morphology 253: 109-117 [cover image]

Haszprunar G, Friedrich S, Wanninger A, Ruthensteiner B. 2002. Fine structure and immunocytochemistry of a new chemosensory system in the chiton larva (Mollusca: Polyplacophora). Journal of Morphology 251: 210-218 [cover image]

Wanninger A, Haszprunar G. 2002. Chiton myogenesis: Perspectives for the development and evolution of larval and adult muscle systems in molluscs. Journal of Morphology 251: 103-113

Wanninger A, Haszprunar G. 2001. The expression of an engrailed protein during embryonic shell formation of the tusk-shell, Antalis entalis (Mollusca, Scaphopoda). Evolution and Development 3: 312-321 [cover image]

Ruthensteiner B, Wanninger A, Haszprunar G. 2001. The protonephridial system of the tusk shell, Antalis entalis (Mollusca, Scaphopoda). Zoomorphology 121: 19-26

Haszprunar G, Wanninger A. 2000. Molluscan muscle systems in development and evolution. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 38: 157-163

Wanninger A, Ruthensteiner B, Haszprunar G. 2000. Torsion in Patella caerulea (Mollusca, Patellogastropoda): ontogenetic process, timing, and mechanisms. Invertebrate Biology 119: 177-187

Wanninger A, Ruthensteiner B, Dictus WJAG, Haszprunar G. 1999. The development of the musculature in the limpet Patella with implications on its role in the process of ontogenetic torsion. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development 36: 211-215

Wanninger A, Ruthensteiner B, Lobenwein S, Salvenmoser W, Dictus WJAG, Haszprunar G. 1999. Development of the musculature in the limpet Patella (Mollusca, Patellogastropoda). Development Genes and Evolution 209: 226-238



1970Born in Traunstein/Bavaria
1998Diploma in Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
2001PhD, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
2001 - 2003Postdoc, Zoological States’ Collection Munich and University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
01/2004 – 02/2011Associate Professor for Comparative Zoology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2005 – 2010Coordinator of the EU Early Stage Research Training Network MOLMORPH
2008 – 2011Head of the Department for Comparative Zoology, University of Copenhagen
Since 2008Secretary and founding member of the International Society for Invertebrate Morphology
2009 - 2010PhD Coordinator at the Biological Institute, University of Copenhagen
2010Appointment as Dr. scientiarium at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen
Since 2010Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the GEOBIO Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
Since March 2011Full Professor and Head of Department of Integrative Zoology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna
Since Sept. 2011Editor-in-Chief Organisms Diversity and Evolution
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