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

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Oleg Simakov and Wai Yee Wong are co-authors in a new Nature paper about the Australian lungfish genome


Kick-off meeting of research platform SinCeReSt on January 14/15, 2021


Qi Zhou and Jing Liu are co-authors of three papers about sex chromosomes in Nature, Genome Research and Gigascience!


Oleg Simakov promoted to Associate Professor! Congratulations!


Oleg Simakov contributed to the study of coral genome evolution.


Dr. Ekaterina Pukhlyakova defended her thesis today!

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