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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01.12.2020
 

Oleg Simakov contributed to the study of coral genome evolution.

30.11.2020
 

Dr. Ekaterina Pukhlyakova defended her thesis today!

26.11.2020
 

Elena Ritschard and Oleg Simakov contributed to the blue-ring octopus genome study.

25.11.2020
 

Qi Zhou’s group has contributed to a recent Nature paper

10.10.2020
 

Two papers in Molecular Ecology Resources and Genes for Luohao Xu

09.10.2020
 

Oleg Simakov is a co-author in a Science Article about regulatory rearrangements in the mole genome

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