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


Grigory Genikhovich and Tatiana Lebedeva are co-authors of a paper in Development about the molecular anatomy of the larval apical organ in...


New blood fluke paper


Oleg Simakov is co-author of a paper in BMC Biology


Grigory Genikhovich obtained an FWF Grant


Whitman Fellowship for Oleg Simakov


Qi Zhou’s group published a Nature Communications paper on how two worm phyla evolved their sex chromosomes.