Evolution of eye development in spiders

Since the molecular basis of eye development in Spiders is poorly understood, we aim to identify key genes involved in eye formation. One main focus is the identification of factors that differentiate between median and lateral eyes in spiders. As model system we work with Parasteatoda tepidariorum.

Niko Prpic-Schäper (University Göttingen, Germany)
Joakim Eriksson (University Vienna, Austria)