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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10.09.2020
 

Congratulations to Oleg Simakov for obtaining an ERC-Starting Grant!

17.07.2020
 

Uli Technau new member of the Leopoldina

09.06.2020
 

FWF Schrödinger stipend awarded to Luohao Xu!

01.06.2020
 

Science Advances paper about tissue clearing with contributions from Oleg Simakov and Hannah Schmidbaur

21.04.2020
 

Oleg Simakov published a new paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution about deeply conserved syntheny in vertebrates.

07.04.2020
 

FWF grant for Ulrich Technau

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