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


Ulrich Technau elected into the Leopoldina.


PhD Defense of Tatiana Lebedeva


New paper by Technau group on Muscle cell type diversification published in Nature Communications


iScence paper for Lisa Rouressol et al. (Simakov Group)


Nature paper for Darrin T. Schultz, Oleg Simakov et al.


Tetsuo Kon and Koto Kon-Nanjo are first and co-authors in a Communications Biology paper about single-cell transcriptomics of the goldfish retina.