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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FWF Schrödinger stipend awarded to Luohao Xu!


Science Advances paper about tissue clearing with contributions from Oleg Simakov and Hannah Schmidbaur


Oleg Simakov published a new paper in Nature Ecology & Evolution about deeply conserved syntheny in vertebrates.


FWF grant for Ulrich Technau


University Research Platform SinCeReSt funded for 4 years


DACH grant obtained by Oleg Simakov

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