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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Paper on miRNA evolution in Proceedings of the Royal Society B


New paper from Charlie Fieseler in the Zimmer lab


Cover Story for the Emu Paper of Qi Zhou and Jing Liu!


Oleg Simakov and Wai Yee Wong are co-authors in a new Nature paper about the Australian lungfish genome


Kick-off meeting of research platform SinCeReSt on January 14/15, 2021


Qi Zhou and Jing Liu are co-authors of three papers about sex chromosomes in Nature, Genome Research and Gigascience!

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