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


Prof. Ulrich Technau is now an ambassador for Young Science


FWF Grant awarded to Oleg Simakov!


New paper in Nature Ecology and Evolution for Ulrich Technau and Julia Steger as Co-Authors


Prof. Ulrich Technau and Prof. Christa Schleper featured in an article of the Austrian Press Agency


Paper from Elena Ritschard, Oleg Simakov and co-authors


PNAS Cover for Euprymna paper