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


Cover Story in Journal of Genetics and Genomics


Science Advances paper about deeply conserved synteny of metazoan chromosomes by Oleg Simakov et al.


Roger Revilla obtained new FWF grant


Molecular Biology and Evolution paper by Oleg Simakov et al.


Oleg Simakov is a Co-Author of two papers in PNAS and Evodevo


Genomes of muntjac deer with only 6 or 7 chromosomes