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 about axis formation


Dissertation Completion Fellowship for Ekaterina Pukhlyakova



FWF grant awarded to Alison Cole!


Oleg Simakov received a FWF grant


Development Paper for Ulrich Technau and Grigory Genikhovich: "On the evolution of bilaterality"...


The new program of the CSOB Colloquium (winter semester 2017/18) is now released