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


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


Uli Technau new member of the Leopoldina


FWF Schrödinger stipend awarded to Luohao Xu!


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


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

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