Susanne Dietrich
  • United Kingdom

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PhD projects

Control of stem cell properties in embryonic muscle stem cells
The genetic and epigenetic control of developmental competence in heart and head muscle precursors
Recruitment, alignment and in-tune beating of cells recruited into the heart
The role of Dact genes in precursor/ stem cells for skeletal muscle and synovial joints
The formation of abdominal muscles are their role in body wall closure
Novel genes to facilitate and integrate Bmp and Fgf signalling

Personal profile


In 2011, Susanne took up a new post with the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Portsmouth. In her research, she is focusing on the molecular networks that control musculoskeletal and cardiac development and the formation of the associated stem cells. Current work investigates the contribution of multi-potent precursors to either head skeletal muscle or heart and the specific properties of developing muscle stem cells.

Susanne has established novel collaborations to accompany the work on the mouse and chicken model with work on zebrafish and Xenopus, aimed at identifying the basic regulatory mechanisms conserved throughout vertebrates. Moreover, she has established collaborations to join “wet” laboratory work with “dry” bioinformatics. Furthermore, Susanne has established collaborations to investigate the assembly of functional organs, including the innervation of muscle. All of these collaborations have led to or are being prepared for publications.

Susanne’s findings made a significant contribution to the field of developmental biology and are well represented in text books such as the renowned Gilbert’s “Developmental Biology”; she is also regularly invited for seminars, and she is an member of the editorial board of the journal “Developmental Biology”.

For more information about Susanne's research please visit her lab page

Research Interests

Tissue interactions and molecular networks that control:

  • how a multi-potent mesodermal precursor cell commits to a particular cell fate
  • how precursor stem cell propteries are regulated, and when a cell may differentiate
  • how the balance between cell differentiation and maintenance of a precursor/stem cell pool is achieved
  • how a precursor cell recognises and reaches its target sites
  • how cells from different sources and tissues assemble into a functional organ

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Investigating the development of the vertebral column using vertebral column mutants of the mouse, Heidelberg University 

Award Date: 2 Feb 1994

Master of Science, Characterisation of the Zfp1 gene in the mouse

Award Date: 11 Apr 1989


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  • Avian Model Systems 11

    Susanne Dietrich (Organiser), Frank Schubert (Organiser), Charlène Guillot (Member of programme committee), Marie Manceau (Member of programme committee), Daisuke Saito (Member of programme committee), Dalit Sela-Donenfeld (Member of programme committee), Pablo Strobl-Mazulla (Member of programme committee), Melanie White (Member of programme committee) & Rusty Lansford (Member of programme committee)

    11 Sept 202314 Sept 2023

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  • 70 Years of Hamburger & Hamilton’s normal stages of chicken development

    Susanne Dietrich (Organiser) & Frank Schubert (Organiser)

    9 Sept 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course