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


Sabrina Kaul-Strehlow is awarded a Hertha Firnberg stipend.


Nature Communications paper for Grigory Genikhovich and Yulia Kraus describing the origin of the blastoporal axial organizer