We are addressing fundamental problems in Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, and Evolutionary Biology. We are particularly interested in:

  • How complex neural circuitry arises in development
  • How the activity of neuronal networks regulates animal behavior
  • How animal genomes, body plans and cell types evolved

In order to address these questions, we use several animal systems encompassing cnidarians, mollusks, fruit flies and nematodes, and a broad spectrum of experimental approaches. Our expertise ranges from genetics, cell- and developmental biology, and genomics to systems neuroscience. We are an interdisciplinary collaborative team of six groups. Click here to find out about their specific fields of research.

Department News

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Why new genes are leaving the X chromosome?


FWF grant for David Mörsdorf!


Qi Zhou’s group published a paper on the genome of big-belly seahorse on Molecular Ecology Resources with Qi Zhou as a co-corresponding author.


The former "COSB Colloquium" is back:

Program of the "Evolutionary Systems Biology Colloquium" is now available!


Oleg Simakov is a co-author in two papers in Molecular Ecology Resources and in Cell


The former postdoc Zongji Wang from Qi Zhou's group published a paper on phylogeny and sex chromosome evolution of Palaeognathae (flightless ratites...

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