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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University Research Platform SinCeReSt funded for 4 years


DACH grant obtained by Oleg Simakov


Department fusion


BioEssays Paper for Elena Ritschard, Oleg Simakov et al.


New paper in PNAS for Wai Yee Wong, Oleg Simakov et al


New Development paper for Ekaterina Pukhlyakova et al.

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