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


Nature Communications papers published by Oleg Simakov, Hannah Schmidbaur et al.


Oleg Simakov, Wai Yee Wong, Alena Kizenko et al. published a paper in Frontiers in Genetics


Oleg Simakov, Nicolas Robert et al. published a paper in BMC genomics


Audimax Podcast with Uli Technau


Nature communications paper about evolutionary dynamics of parrot chromosomes by Luohao Xu, Jing Liu, et al.


Cover Story in Journal of Genetics and Genomics