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 is co-author in a new Communications Biology paper about the evolution of bobtail and bottletail squid


Congratulations to Uli Technau for obtaining yet another FWF Grant!


Genikhovich group has a new Nature Communications paper about the regulatory logic of the beta-catenin-dependent axial patterning


Oleg Simakov is co-author in a new Nature Ecology and Evolution paper about the genome of Nautilus pompilius


EMBL/EMBO Symposium Poster Prize for Alison Cole


Congratulations to Ulrich Technau for obtaining an FWF Grant!

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