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Evolutionary Morphogenesis

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Marianne Deries

Main Research Interests

My main research interests are developmental biology and embryology. I study muscle development in mammal embryos, introducing the role of the extra cellular matrix to understand the mechanisms of morphogenesis of back muscles originating from the myotome in mice.


Academic Qualifications

- 2009 - PhD in Developmental Biology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

- 2002 - Master’s degree in Developmental Biology, University of Montpellier I Montpellier, France


Recent Publications

Deries M., Gonçalves A.B., Vaz R., Martins G.G., Rodrigues G. & Thorsteinsdóttir S. 2012. Extracellular matrix remodelling accompanies axial muscle development and morphogenesis in the mouse. Developmental Dynamics 241:350–364.

Thorsteinsdóttir S., Deries M., Cachaço A.S. & Bajanca F. 2011. The extracellular matrix dimension of skeletal muscle development. Developmental Biology 354(2):191–207.

Cornwall J., Deries M. & Duxson M.J. 2010. Morphology of the Lumbar Transversospinal Muscles examined in a mouse bearing a muscle fiber-specific nuclear marker. Anatomical Record 293(12):2107-2113.

Deries M., Schweitzer R. & Duxson M.J. 2010. Developmental fate of the mammalian myotome. Developmental Dynamics 239(11):2898-910.

Deries M., Collins J. J. & Duxson M. J. 2008. The mammalian myotome: a muscle with no innervation. Evolution & Development 10:746-55.

Hamade A., Deries M., Begemann G., Bally-Cuif L., Genet C., Sabatier F., Bonnieu A. & Cousin X. 2006. Retinoic acid activates myogenesis in vivo through Fgf8 signalling. Developmental Biology 289:127-40.

Verbeke P., Deries M., Clark B.F. & Rattan S.I. 2002. Hormetic action of mild heat stress decreases the inducibility of protein oxidation and glycoxidation in human fibroblasts. Biogerontology 3:117-20.


Ongoing Projects

  • 2012/14 The laminin matrices of early skeletal muscle development: a changing tissue microenvironment regulating myogenic differentiation and morphogenesis (PTDC/SAU-BID/120130/2010). Participant.

  • Morphogenesis of axial muscles during mouse development (SFRH/BPD/65370/2009). Post-Doc project.


Other Information

Member of the Portuguese Society for Developmental Biology