Ernst Stelzer

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The simplest animal eyes are eyespots composed of two cells only: a photoreceptor and a shading pigment cell. They resemble Darwin's 'proto-eyes', considered to be the first eyes to appear in animal evolution. Eyespots cannot form images but enable the animal to sense the direction of light. They are characteristic for the zooplankton larvae of marine(More)
Spindle elongation segregates chromosomes and occurs in anaphase, an essential step in mitosis. Dynein-mediated pulling forces position the spindle, but their role in anaphase is a matter of debate. Here, we demonstrate that dynein is responsible for rapid spindle elongation in the model fungus Ustilago maydis. We show that initial slow elongation is(More)
We address the problem of segmenting 3D microscopic volumetric intensity images of a collection of spatially correlated objects (such as fluorescently labeled nuclei in a tissue). This problem arises in the study of tissue morphogenesis where cells and cellular components are organized in accord with biological role and fate. We formulate the image model as(More)
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