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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Elena Ritschard and Oleg Simakov contributed to the blue-ring octopus genome study.


Qi Zhou’s group has contributed to a recent Nature paper


Two papers in Molecular Ecology Resources and Genes for Luohao Xu


Oleg Simakov is a co-author in a Science Article about regulatory rearrangements in the mole genome


Congratulations to Oleg Simakov for obtaining an ERC-Starting Grant!


Uli Technau new member of the Leopoldina

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