Bruno Vellutini

evolutionary developmental biologist

Dresden, DE

embryos evolution microscopy invertebrates larvae marine biology

Bruno is a biologist fascinated by embryos and evolution. He studies unconventional creatures to understand how changes in development have shaped animal diversity. Making movies of developing embryos under the microscope is his passion, not only for their scientific value but also for their inherent beauty and aesthetics of animal morphogenesis.

Bruno has been involved in science outreach initiatives to bring such imagery to a larger audience. During his master thesis, he produced the short video A Sea Biscuit's Life, an artsy video abstract summarizing his work with sea biscuits, and organized photographic exhibits of marine biodiversity such as the Ocean: hidden life. He also created the Cifonauta database, a platform for sharing research photos and videos of marine organisms.

Bruno obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and his Ph.D. from the University of Bergen, Norway. Currently, he is a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany.


A Sea Biscuit's Life


Mitotic waves and gastrulation in a fly embryo