Neurobiology

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Our shared enthusiasm drives us to unravel bolts and nuts for a better understanding of animal behavior. Many of our projects focus on neuronal mechanisms related to odor reception and odor information processing. We study neuronal networks with molecular tools, physiological measurements and behavioral experiments using free-moving animals.

All of our study organisms are insects because we strongly believe that insects offer great advantages for basic research, thereby providing significant contributions to the wide field of biological science. We work on the model organism Drosophila, and use the plethora of molecular tools to study the brain, both in larvae and adults. We investigate odor discrimination and learning in honeybees with behavioral experiments and functional imaging of brain activity; and we study several other social insect species (ants and bumblebees) aiming to close the gap between differences in neuronal representations and inter-individual variability in behavior. Inter-individual variability is an important feature of social insect colonies, promoting social decision-making and collective behavior.

The diversity of our projects reflects our belief that only a truly integrative research approach will lead to a profound understanding of brain functions, as well as of the proximate and ultimate causation of animal behavior.

For further information on specific projects, please select one of the research fields on the left.

 

 

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