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


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


New Paper: Gut-like ectodermal tissue in a sea anemone challenges germ layer homology


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