Associate Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy
Committee on Evolutionary Biology
Committee on Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology
Committee on Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology
Urs is interested in the developmental and genetic basis of animal diversity. He was trained as a zoologist and molecular developmental biologist. He received graduate training in the laboratory of the Drosophila neurobiologist Gerhard Technau at the University of Mainz in Germany and postdoctoral training under the mentorship of the molecular developmental biologist Herbert Jäckle at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, He started his own research group there in 1997. In 2002, he moved his laboratory to the University of Chicago, were he uses a variety of dipteran insects (flies, midges, mosquitoes) to study developmental mechanisms in their phylogenetic context.