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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Prof. Technau and Eduard Renfer published a paper describing how to create transgene Nematostella using I-SceI meganuclease.


Daniela Praher published a paper in RNA Biology about the characterization of the piRNA pathway in Nematostella


Grigory Genikhovich was awarded a FWF grant about pattern formation of the oral-aboral axis


Dr. Oleg Simakov joined our department as a new group leader.


Article in Current Opinion in Genetics and Development on genomics and development of Nematostella.


Prof. Qi Zhou was awarded an ERC starting grant of the European Union

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