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


PNAS paper for Oleg Simakov, Hannah Schmidbaur and co-authors!


Prof. Technau part of an article in the Kronenzeitung


Uni:docs fellowship for Luohao Xu!


Ekaterina Pukhlyakova published a paper in PNAS about β-catenin mechanotransduction


Rohit Dnyansagar wrote a paper about cnidarian relationships across the Atlantic


Stefan Jahnel defended his PhD thesis