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


Oleg Simakov is co-author in a new paper in Genome Research about conserved regulators in the Hydra genome


Uli Technau et al. published a paper on conservation of transcriptional targets of Brachyury


Isabell Niedermoser, Tatiana Lebedeva and Grigory Genikhovich have a new Development paper!


Julia Steger, Alison Cole, Andreas Denner, Uli Technau et al. published a paper in Cell Reports


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