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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Nature Ecology and Evolution paper on ancient genome architecture by Bob Zimmermann, Nicolas Robert, Ulrich Technau and Oleg Simakov


FWF grant awarded to Grigory Genikhovich


Oleg Simakov has been named a Whitman Center Early Career Fellow


Prof. Ulrich Technau was elected as a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences


Luohao Xu and Qi Zhou et al. published their work in Nature Ecology and Evolution on songbird sex chromosome evolution.


Prof. Ulrich Technau is now an ambassador for Young Science

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